M. Joyce Smith

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M. Joyce Smith

December 16, 1929 - August 02, 2018

M. Joyce Smith, who loved playing golf and being a wife, mom, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away on Aug. 2, at the age of 88.
Born Dec. 16, 1929 in Central Lake to Orrin and Anna Lathrop, Joyce was known for her selfless devotion to family, sweet personality, sharp intellect, flair for fashionable dressing and her passion for her bulldogs.
Joyce's late husband of 70 years, Don Smith, was a longtime coach and school superintendent in Bellaire Public Schools. Over the years they owned and operated the Bel-Aire Golf Club and The Farm Golf Club, as well as two out of state courses.
She was past matron of The Eastern Star and a member of the Bellaire Community United Methodist Church.
Joyce is survived by her sons, Bryan (Shelley), Phil (former daughter-in-law, Carol Sharp), Michael and Brad (Amy J.) Smith. She also leaves grandchildren, Jeffery Smith, Jamie Staton (Tony), Bradford and Zach Smith, Aris and Gabrielle Morgan, Todd (Annette) and Ray (Becky) Tompkins; as well as great-grandchildren, Sam and Haley Staton, Sarah and Luke Smith, Taylor, Todd Jr., Tesa, Cadence, Bradyn and Axe Tompkins.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Dr. Robert Lathrop.
A memorial service is planned for late September.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that gifts be made to the Bellaire Community UMC children's ministry, PO BOX 235, Bellaire, MI 49615.
Arrangements have been handled by the Bellaire Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes.
Please sign her online guestbook www.mortensenfuneralhomes.com.
Published on August 6, 2018
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Ron and Jo Ann Chapman
Aug 06, 2018
I will miss her. Don was like my Bother to me, hence, Joyce was like my sister. My family was always treated like family by her. I will always remember the many hours she spent looking after my Mother (Aethale Chapman) in her later years and going out of her way to do anything needed to make life pleasurable for my Mother. Not many people would do that for an in-law Aunt, but Joyce did and I am so very in debt to her for doing so.for so many years.
Thanks Joyce, you will be missed by my family and me. GOD bless you