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Charlotte L. (Nesmith) Brady

January 27, 1941 ~ July 16, 2019 (age 78)


Seymour — Charlotte Nesmith Brady, 78, passed away Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at her home. 

Charlotte was born January 27, 1941 in Urbana to Claude and Hester (Bayliss) Nesmith. She attended Urbana High School and the University of Illinois, graduating with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in art and art education. She married Daniel Brady on August 11, 1985.

Charlotte taught art for over twenty years in Champaign and Mahomet schools. She owned the Olde Town Gallery in Mahomet and was instrumental in the revitalization of Main Street. She loved the history and beauty of the Sangamon River and the woods surrounding her home. She expressed her love of nature through her artwork, mainly botanical watercolor paintings of Illinois wildflowers. 

She donated 20 acres of her land to the Land Conservation Foundation along the Sangamon river for long term conservation of that area. She volunteered and helped establish an art program for The Swann School, a place to care for and help profoundly impaired children and adults. This grew and became an integral part of care and therapy.

She is survived by her husband, Daniel; daughters Laura Techico (Jeff) and Kate Jordan (Sean); grandchildren Andrew, Jillian, Seamus, and Finn; her sister Jo Anne Cochran; and her niece and nephew, Lisa Higgins and Chris Cochran.

The family would like to offer a sincere thank you to Diversified Healthcare Services for the excellent care that they gave Charlotte in the last years of her life.

A service to celebrate her life will be held September 14, 2019, 3pm, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Urbana-Champaign: 309 West Green St., Urbana, IL 61801.

Donations in Charlotte’s memory can be made to the Land Conservation Foundation ( or Swann School in Champaign (

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