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Lora Janice Nelson Moretz



In the loving memory of Lora Moretz, who passed peacefully from this life on the evening of May 8, 2023. As she transitioned home, she was surrounded by her children as they prayed and held her hand. Lora will be remembered for her passion for loving others and her devotion of 22 years to the nursing profession.

Lora was born in Abingdon, Virginia on December 21, 1941, to Larkin and Trula Smith. She

raised her six children in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, where she started her nursing career in 1984.

She enjoyed her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She was known for her faith, playing the piano, cooking for her family, and hosting family gatherings.

Lora is preceded in death by her parents, Larkin and Trula Smith, her sister Margaret Smith, and her brother John Smith. She is survived by her three daughters Janice Nelson,

Trudy (Gary) Burkett, and Amanda (Chris K) Smith and three sons Sonny (Donna) Nelson,

Mark (Terri) Nelson, Boyd (Christy) Moretz and her stepdaughter Lorraine Salyers. She is also survived by her sister Terry (Larry) Groseclose and her brothers Bobby (Betty) Smith and Ray (Karen) Smith and sister-in-law Alicia Smith. Her legacy will live on in the lives of her 16 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Please join her family for a memorial service honoring Lora’s life on May 25, 2024, at

West Main Baptist Church, 150 Fairground Drive, Abingdon, VA 24210

with family receiving friends at 1:30 P.M. and the service will be held at 2:00 P.M

with a reception following the service. An interment at Greenwood Cemetery will follow the


In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the cemetery fund at

Greenwood Cemetery c/o Ray Smith, 26192 Denton Valley Road, Abingdon, VA 24211

This is a courtesy posting for the Moretz family by Frost Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

This is a courtesy posting for the Moretz family by Frost Funeral Home and Cremation Services.


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