Smith (née Kerley), Joan Lavinia Drew

Smith (née Kerley), Joan Lavinia Drew

October 10th, 2019

Peacefully on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at St. Joseph’s Hospice, in her 89th year. She is survived by her son, Geoffrey (Joanne) and stepdaughters, Joan (Bob) and Diana (Tony). Proud Grandma of Toby, Lisa, Scot (Judy), Kris (Stacy) and Stephen (Emily). Missed by many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Cremation has taken place. At the family’s request, there will not be a service. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Joan are asked to consider St. Joseph’s Hospice. Special appreciation to all of the staff at Grand Wood Park and all the staff at St. Joseph’s Hospice. 

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Arnold and Eileen HullTo the family of Joan Smith Joan leaves an outstanding legacy including the hundreds of pillows she made for the Heart Care patients. She like Smitty valued their family, friends and the people with whom they associated with during their many years at their winter home in Arizona. We will miss Joan but have many great memories of our relationship with Joan and the Smith family. A donation has been made to the St. Joseph's Hospice who took exemplary care of Joan.
John and Eleanor HodgesJoan was truly a wonderful friend to our family - as we often said she was my second mom and treated us all to her special kindness, optimism and positive outlook. Truly one of a kind. We will miss her dearly but hold forever in our hearts such very special memories.
Jennifer VecchioJoan, along with Smitty, helped create some of my fondest childhood memories and she was someone who was unlike anyone I have ever met. Her happy, optimistic outlook on life was infectious. She always bringhten up a room and made those around her feel valued. Each moment spent with her was one filled with unwavering joy and laughter. I am so fortunate to have had such a beautiful soul like hers throughout my life. Forever in our hearts and memories.
Wes HodgesWhen I was young, Joan taught me never to hate, to never even use the word if something went wrong. It was little things then, of course. “I hate how this sweater makes me itchy.” Or “I hate onions.” She’d always say, “no, you *don’t like* how that sweater makes you itchy”, and you “*don’t like* onions”. “What about robbers?”, I remember asking once. “Well, you can ‘not like’ them, but don’t hate them. Don’t hate anybody; it never helps.” What a perfect reflection of what was in her soul. A beautiful person at her core. I’m so happy to have had her in my life, made those memories, and learn those lessons. A wonderful life, and a wonderful woman. Thank you, Joan. So much.
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