Joyce Smith, resident of Kelowna BC, passed away on January 3, 2018 at the age of 80 years. Born in Dixon Illinois, daughter of Rosemary and Wilson Walker, Joyce grew up in Illinois and went to College at MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois, majoring in languages and earning her teaching degree. She was given an opportunity to pursue her master’s degree in El Salvador. It was there that she met the love of her life, Gordon Smith, in 1959. They wed in 1961 in Quito, Ecuador and spent the ensuing years in Central America, establishing a young family before re-settling in British Columbia in 1968. Their life together took the family to many towns in BC, including Burnaby, North Delta, Kimberley, Kamloops, Terrace and Port Moody before settling in Kelowna during their retirement years.
Joyce had many interests including skiing (both downhill and cross country), hiking, bridge, and golf. Joyce took great pride in her family which included three kids, seven grandchildren, and a great grandchild.
Joyce will be sadly missed by daughters Megan (Smaha) and Jennifer (MacDonald), son Ian, sister Jeanne Cobb, brother John Walker, sister-in-law Jean Walker, 7 grandchildren (Lindsay, Sarah, Courtney, Katie, Chrissy, Laura and Kevin), great grandchild, Andrea, and extended family and friends. She was pre-deceased by her husband, Gordon, her parents, and two brothers, David and Richard.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
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