Joan Smith

REED CITY — Joan Smith, 96, passed away on Thursday, April 14, 2016, at Spectrum Health Skilled Nursing Center in Reed City.

Joanie, as we all called her, was born in on Jan. 27, 1920, Llangernyw, Wales, to John and Amy Wanklyn. She was adopted by her aunt Nellie Gibbons as an infant. She lived in Worcester, England, until her marriage to James Horace Weaver. They had a daughter, Jean, and later a daughter, Shirley, who passed away from tuberculosis at the age of 3. Her husband, James, also passed from the disease at 28 years of age. Joanie met her second husband, William Smith, who was in the U.S. Navy stationed overseas. They married and honeymooned in Glanover, Wales. Bill returned to Mulvern to finish his enlistment in World War II.

Joan and Jean went to Southhampton and boarded the Battleship U.S.S. Washington to New York to meet Bill there. They went to Pennsylvania and then to Detroit where they resided for about 20 years. Joan worked at General Motors for 17 years before retiring with Bill and moving to Reed City. Joan and Bill had three children, a son, William; who was stillborn, a daughter, Marilyn, and a daughter, Valerie. They lived in Reed City until their deaths.

Joan was predeceased by her parents; her daughter, Valerie; her husband, William; and four siblings.

Joan will be sorely missed by her family and friends and remembered as a gal who loved people, loved to sing and dance and loved her animals, plants and her Ashton Church family.

We want to thank everyone at the RNC for their loving care of her; she always said “They are so good to me.” Also, thank you to Jamie from Spectrum Health Hospice who so gently cared for her in her last hours. We truly appreciate everyone.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 17, 2016, at the Ashton United Methodist Church, with Pastor Scott Loomis officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the RNC in Reed City, the Ashton Methodist Church, Spectrum Health Hospice or a charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements are entrusted to Verdun funeral Home and Cremation Services in Baldwin.