Joan Marie Smith, 72, Tama, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, at Iowa River Hospice Home in Marshalltown. A Memorial Graveside Service will be held Monday, Sept. 24, at 11 a.m. at the Grandview Cemetery in rural Tama with Rev. Dr. Kim Wilson officiating. A gathering will follow at the Tama American Legion.
Joan was born on Sept. 6, 1940, in Marshalltown, Iowa, the daughter of Walter and Ethel (Jensen) Curson.
She graduated from Marshalltown High School.
On March 2, 1967, she was united in marriage to Vernon Smith in Marshalltown. Joan enjoyed reading, beadwork, listening to Blue Grass music, playing bingo, and wintering in Florida.
Preceding her in death were her parents; one son, Jeffri Lyle Batesole; and a step-son, Clarence Ritts.
Survivors include her husband, Vernon of Tama; four children, Teri (Dave) Chelsvig of Cumming, Vicki (Robert ) Lee of Marshalltown, Camron (Jacque) Smith of Rockford, and Diana (Brett Houghton) Brush of Marshalltown; two step-children, Jean Cole of Norwoodville, and Marvin Ritts of Manson; 19 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one brother, Larry (Judy) Curson of Green Mountain; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.
Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home, Tama-Toledo is handling the arrangements.