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Joyce Smith

Mount Ayr


Joyce Smith, 77, of Mount Ayr died Nov. 23, 2019, at Clearview Home in Mount Ayr.

Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Friday at Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr with Rev, Emily Peasley and Pastor Kasey Dredge officiating. Burial is in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr. Open visitation will be held 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home with the family receiving friends 10 a.m. to noon Friday. Memorials are to the Mount Ayr United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be left at 

Joyce, daughter of Eva Maye (Waddell) and Albert Henry Deemer, was born on Sept. 12, 1942, south of Mount Ayr. Joyce attended country school and Mount Ayr Community School.

On Dec. 11, 1960, Joyce married Max Everett Smith at the Nazarene Church in Leon.

Joyce was a homemaker and worked for a few years at McNeiley’s Drug Store and then for Mitchell Drug.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church. She also served as a volunteer chaplain for hospice. In the 1990s, Joyce became a licensed local pastor in the United Methodist Church. Joyce retired in 2004.

Joyce is survived by her husband; children: Jeff (Tammy) Smith of Brighton, Colorado, Lesa (Rick) Klouda, Sheila (Tony) Perreault all of Silverdale, Washington, and Sherri Seynaeve of Vancouver, Washington; grandchildren: Kiley (Ryan) Gerhardy, Chad (Katelyn) Rouse, Tanner Smith, Emily (Jacob) Elder, Joshua Seynaeve, Benjamin Le, Alexander Le, Elijah Le, Jennifer Black, Anica Klouda, Landon (Tiffany) Klouda, Alexandra (Daniel) Ostrand, Nicholas Perreault, Karissa Perreault; 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Joyce was preceded in death by parents: Albert and Eva (Waddell) Deemer, parents-in-law Mansel and Wonda (Boles) Smith, sisters Laverne (Dee) Kaus and Lois Johnson, brothers-in-law Neil Kidney and Charles MacDonald, and son-in-law Randy Seynaeve.

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