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Alice Koss

September 9, 1921 — July 10, 2011

Alice Nell Smith Koss of Smithville, Tennessee, passed away in her sleep July 10, 2011, at the age of 89.

She was born in Athens, Georgia, on September 9, 1921, and she died at her daughter's home in Cookeville, Tennessee.

Her parents were Arward Luciene Smith and Ethel Alice Caruth Smith, both of whom preceded her in death. Nell had two brothers, Luciene Smith and William Smith, and two sisters, Jane Talbott and Katherine Krout, all are deceased.

She married Dr. Theodore William Koss, M.D., and lived in Arcade, New York, and Paducah, Kentucky, and retired in Smithville, Tennessee. He preceded her in death in August of 2008.

Their children are Theodore Francis Koss, Brenda Joyce Koss Curtis and William Richard Koss (deceased). They were blessed with five grandchildren: Dr. Vard Curtis III, Richard Koss, Jeffery Koss, Weston Koss and Sabrina Koss Taylor. They have eight great-grandchildren: Kendall Curtis, Riggs Curtis, Helena Curtis, Seth Koss, Kaylee Koss, Ava Koss, Madison Taylor and Kailei Koss.

She worked in the infant section of a hospital in Georgia and always loved babies. She was a bowler, left-handed golfer and loved gardening. This beloved Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Aunt and friend was dearly loved.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Pearl S. Buck International Children's Adoption and Infant Charity at 520 Dublin Road, Prekasie, PA 18944 (215)249-0100 or

Memorial services will be held at the chapel of the Woodlawn Cemetery, Paducah, Ky., at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 16, 2011.

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