Sheila R. Smith, born July 30th, 1946, in the charming town of Geneva, Nebraska, spread her wings for her final journey on October 19th, 2023, leaving an indelible mark of love, compassion, and inspiration on all who knew her. A captivating spirit and a beacon of kindness, Sheila lived a life filled with purpose and passion. As the poet Maya Angelou beautifully expressed, "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel," and Sheila exuded this sentiment throughout her life. Sheila spent her life caring for both her family and the countless animals she treated as a Vet Tech at White’s Animal Clinic for 25 years. Her love for animals was as boundless as her energy, and her dedication to their welfare was truly inspiring. She loved spending time at their cabin and fishing.\n\nSheila, having spent a significant part of her life in Lincoln, Nebraska, left an everlasting impression on her community through her selfless acts of kindness and her unwavering commitment to her profession. She was the embodiment of the quote from William Arthur Ward, "The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." Sheila did not just mend animals; she inspired people, teaching us the importance of empathy, compassion, and love for all creatures.\n\nSheila is survived by her devoted husband, Robert (Bob) Smith, her loving son, Rob Smith, and her cherished daughter, Renae (Smith) Wilson and husband Kendall Ritter, Her Grandson Davin Wilson and his wife Jennifer Wilson, and 6 great grandchildren. Her sisters Delores Kelch, Kate and Rick Drapal, and Marilyn Bobert, plus many nieces, nephews and many cousins and extended family. Also, her special neighbor and friend Harold Johnson.\n\nShe is preceded in death by her caring parents, John and Teresa Kelch, brother Glenn Kelch and sister Marcia Bobert.\n\nHer family was her rock, and she was theirs, creating an environment of love, support, and encouragement that will continue to resonate in their hearts. As Helen Keller once said, "What we have once enjoyed deeply we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us." Sheila's love and warmth will forever remain a part of her family, and her spirit will continue to guide and inspire them. \n\nWe invite you to share your cherished memories of Sheila and upload photos to the memorial page. Your stories and pictures will serve as a testament to her extraordinary life, her enduring spirit, and the love she shared with us all.