Page updated 17 September 2012
by Bill Schrier
Joyce Smith’s Place in the Family Genealogy
|Parents:||Frank and Euphemia Smith|
|Born:||March 6, 1933, Dursley, England|
|Died:||June 27, 2012, Anchorage, Alaska|
|Spouse:||Ted Smith, son of Phil and Verna Smith|
|Children:||Step-sons Mike and Steve Smith|
|Great-Grandchildren:||11 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews in England and the US|
|Relationship:||Joyce’s Husband Ted Smith was Kathy Schrier’s first cousin|
Joyce Smith’s Story
Joyce was born in Dursley, England, to Frank and Euphemia Smith. Joyce received her credentials in nursing from St. Mary’s Abbots Hospital, London, in 1954 and moved to Edmonton Canada in 1956 to work at the University Hospital.
In 1958 she applied for work with the US Government, requesting assignment to Alaska. Her application was accepted, and she moved to Sitka. It was there that she met the love of her life, Ted Smith.
Joyce moved to Anchorage in 1960 to work at Providence Hospital. She became a naturalized citizen in 1965, and married Ted on November 18, 1966. Joyce continued nursing until retirement in 1975. When Ted retired in 1982, they moved to Willow where they had built their retirement home on Long Lake.
Not content with retirement, Joyce became active in the community. She was an avid member of the Garden Club. Her garden at her second retirement home on Crystal Lake was featured in Sunset Magazine. She was a regular volunteer and Board member at the Willow Library and the Willow Area Community Organization. She was very philanthropic, supporting an array of organizations locally, nationally and internationally. She helped many friends and neighbors, and never asked for a thing in return.
She and Ted moved to their final retirement home on Ruth Lake in 1992. Joyce was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2008, but defied the odds and continued a full life to the end.
Joyce Smith passed away at her home peacefully in her sleep, with her long-time friend Fe Moore and step-sons Mike and Steve at her side on Wednesday, June 27,2012. Joyce is survived by her sister Rita in England, step-sons Mike and Steve, seven grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews in England and the US.
(This page will be updated with more information as I get time.)