Nellie G. (Smiley) Painter was born in Paso Robles on Oct. 31, 1932. On Sept. 29, 2013, she went to dance with Jesus and be with her family who had gone on before her. She left her family knowing that she had accepted Jesus into her life and would live for all eternity because of His work on the cross and she would see her earthly family later on. Her family is praising God for His work and what he has ordered throughout her lifetime.
She was a mighty prayer warrior and prayed her daughter into God’s kingdom. Because of her prayers, many wonderful things have been accomplished.
On June 13, 1952, Nellie married a young soldier named William Painter in Paso Robles. Bill had just come back from Korea and they met and married. They celebrated 55 years of marriage before his death.
She leaves behind her daughter and son-in-law, Erik and Willa Eklund; her grandson and wife, Brian and Jennifer, and their children, Brily and Bryce; her grandson and wife, Matthew and Kendra, and their children, Genevieve and Jonah; and her grandson and wife, Jeff and Chelsea Eklund, and their children, Miriam, Abigail and Caedmon, all of Bakersfield. She also leaves behind her sister, Jo Ann Sinclair, of Citrus Heights.
Those preceeding her in death were Nellie’s husband, William Painter (2007), her parents, James Alexander Willis Smiley and Josephine Smiley (Adams) and her brother, Paul Smiley.
Nellie was a delicious cook and wonderful hostess. Her family was the center of her life and her greatest desire in life was for them all to know her Lord.
She loved making beautiful, beaded jewelry, she loved needlework but her greatest joy was sewing.
She taught Vacation Bible School at the First Baptist Church in Paso Robles where her daughter and two nieces accepted Jesus as their savior. That VBS had a great impact on many people in her family. She taught sewing as a leader in 4-H. She served as president for the Los Robles Mobile Homeowners Association as well as board member at Kern Canyon Mobile Home Estates.
Bill and Nellie moved from Paso Robles to Bakersfield to be near their daughter and family in 1995. They had attended several churches — but after Bill’s death, she attended Chester Avenue Community Church.
Nellie was a Proverbs 31 woman and “her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren arise and call her blessed.” In her later years, while dealing with Bill’s death, and her own pain, her favorite scripture was Philippians 4-13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” She went home to be with the Lord with so much grace and dignity — she never complained in her trials.
She will be missed greatly by many, but especially to the people who called her Mama, Nana, Grandma, Great Oma P., Great-Grandma Painter and GGma.
Graveside services will be at Hillcrest Memorial Park at 11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 4 and a celebration of her life lunch will be at the Kern Canyon Estates Club House immediately following, all in Bakersfield.
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