Joyce E. Smith, 91, of Fayette, died Monday, April 1, 2013, at Maple Crest Manor in Fayette.
Funeral Mass will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 5, 2013, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Fayette with Rev. James Brokman officiating. Interment will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery in Fayette. Friends may call from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, April 4, 2013, at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Fayette where there will be a 4:00 p.m. Rosary on Thursday. Friends may also call for one hour prior to Mass at the church on Friday.
Joyce Elizabeth Smith was born in Dubuque County, Iowa on May 20, 1921, to George C. and Vera Scott Stichler. At age ten she moved to West Union, Iowa, went to school and graduated in 1938. One year of Nurses College and two years of work followed. Marriage to Donald A Smith in May of 1941 was blessed with four children, Michael, Joseph, Julia, and Charlene. From 1947 until her death, she resided in Fayette. Joyce loved living in Fayette and the close proximity to friends and church. She loved the outdoors, her home, and spending time with her family. She served a term on the Fayette City Council and was a charter member of Big Rock Country Club. She received the “Friend of Education” award in 1980, “Award of Merit” from the Fayette School 1958-1984, “Walker of the Year” award in 1989, and the Citizens Award (Fayette) in 1988. She served on the Care Review Committee at Maple Crest for seven years, was a hospice volunteer for six years where she was awarded volunteer of the year in 1997, served on the Palmer Memorial Foundation Board, and was an active member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Fayette for many years.
Joyce is survived by her children, Michael (Sue) Smith of Des Moines, Joseph (Pat) Smith of Dunkerton, Julia (Jerry) Geurink of Whitehall, Wisconsin, and Charlene (Ray) Murray of Toledo, Iowa; ten grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, who died in 1977; a grandson, Kelly Murray; and a sister, Jannet Francis.