(January 16, 2003)
Funeral services were conducted Monday morning at First Baptist Church in Powell for Joyce Smith, 69, who died at her Powell home Thursday, Jan. 16 after a brief illness.
Jeff McKearney, pastor of Cornerstone Community Church, officiated at services.
She was born April 7, 1933, in Evanston to Rex and Martha Stanton. She spent most of her pre and grade school years in Yellowstone Park, living in tent tops in the summer and wintering at Mammoth Hot Springs. She attended Powell schools in the eighth and ninth grades and graduated from Cody High School in 1951.
In November of 1951, she married Bob Smith, also of Cody. Together they raised three children who brought seven grandchildren into the family.
Her goal in life was making a warm and desirable home for her family. She was constantly supporting and encouraging family members. She was devoted and committed to being a loving wife and mother and was fiercely loyal to both her husband and children.
She was a charter member of Cornerstone Community Fellowship of Powell (Evangelical Free Church of America). She was a godly woman who had an intimate relationship with God. One of her great joys in life was studying God's word and gathering many Godly principles, which she imparted to family members and friends. She put others' welfare above her own. She loved Jesus and looked to Him as her Savior and Lord and leaned on him for her daily strength.
Survivors include her husband Bob of 51 years; three children, sons Leo Smith and his daughter Carly of Colleville, Texas, and Len Smith and wife LaNeta and their children Hunter, Denver and KiLynn of Chandler, Ariz., and daughter Martha Schroeder and husband Eric and their children Jackie, Reggie and Byron of Powell; her sister, Phyllis Bucke and husband Chuck of Martha's Vineyard, Mass; and brother Rex Stanton of Bluffdale, Utah.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Rex and Martha Stanton.
Should friends desire, memorials in her name might be made to The Navigators, P.O. Box 6000, Colorado Springs, CO 80934. Miratsky-Easton Funeral Home handled arrangements.