Lillie Nanes Obituary

Lillie W. Nanes
Lillie W. Nanes

May 21, 1907 - September 10, 2009
Born in Holland, IA
Resided in Des Moines, IA


Lillie W. Nanes, of the Senior Life Center, Memory Care Unit, died peacefully in her sleep on September 10, 2009 at the age of 102.

She was born in Holland, Iowa, on May 21, 1907, and was the daughter of Hattie Lindeman Schmitt and Henry W. Schmitt. Lil lived in Eldora until moving to Des Moines in 1939, where she was a dental hygienist and one of the first to work in the public schools to provide dental hygiene to children. She took a leave of absence and joined the Navy during World War II, serving as a dental hygienist in the Waves and providing care to wounded service men and women. She served in the Waves four years and then returned to private practice in Des Moines. She was a member of PEO Chapter HM and greatly enjoyed the many friendships she made, attending meetings until her health precluded travel. She was a long time member of Plymouth Congregational Church, her faith was very important to her and sustained her throughout her life.

Lil was preceded in death by her husband William, her five brothers, Henry, infant Willie, Fred, Emuel, and Carl Schmitt and their wives and also many dear friends in Des Moines and McAllen, Texas. As our family matriarch, she was the beloved aunt of Jane, Rondi, David and Susan, the great-aunt of Chris, Reed, Finn, Tim, Daniel, Cara, Alison, Kim, Angela and Grace; and the great-great aunt of Sydney, Mackenzie, Phoebe, Matias, Anders, Jarrett, Brandon, Caitlin, Tessa and Cameron.

Jane and Rondi wish to extend heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Pamela and Bernadine of Elder Concerns, who have helped coordinate her care for the past four years; to the entire staff of the Memory Care Unit of the Senior Life Center where their excellent care enabled Lil to spend nearly three very happy years; and to the staff of Iowa Health Hospice for their support and skill; everyone working together to enable Lil to pass peacefully. We could not have asked for better care than was given by so many competent, caring people who have such kind hearts and tender hands.

Funeral arrangements are by Dunn's Funeral Home and graveside services with military honors will be private and at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Activities Fund of the Memory Care Unit at the Senior Life Center, 900 Polk Blvd, Des Moines, 50312 or to Iowa Health Hospice 11333 Aurora Avenue, Urbandale, 50322.






Senior Life Center
900 Polk Boulevard
Des Moines, IA US 50312