JoAnn C. Smith, 80, of Missoula, passed away on Monday, May 31st, 2021 at St. Patrick Hospital, of natural causes.
She was born on November 17th, 1940, in Billings, to Frank and Violet (Wuest) Samson. As a young woman she had a natural love of children. Her spirit carried grace, compassion and gentleness to all beings.
She was an angel on earth and now is an angel in heaven.
On March 17, 1957 she married William D. Smith. They met in Hardin. The couple was together 64 years. They raised their children in Billings.
Her greatest joy was being a devoted wife and mother. She loved being a homemaker. She had jobs intermittently throughout her life baking, food service and cleaning as well.
She worked hard at helping her husband clean, paint and remodel many homes during her life.
She enjoyed beading, quilting, needle point, loom knitting and various crafts.
She loved kittens.
She enjoyed planting flowers, especially roses and peonies. Roses were her favorite.
She enjoyed remembering her loved ones with cards and heart warming gifts consistently.
She enjoyed taking photos and sharing them. She especially enjoyed receiving photos and videos of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include her three children and their families, Deborah (Smith) Pierce of Sandpoint, Daryl Smith of Missoula, Saacha Belgar (Susan Smith) of Snohomish; two brothers, Jim and Randy Samson of Ballentine; one sister, Diana Schmidt, Reno; along with five grandchildren, Nick Pierce, Tina Pierce, Alexa Johnson, Cami Cosgrove, Cassandra Zornes; seven great grandchildren, Konnor, Hazel and Ellis Pierce, Bodhi and Everette Johnson, Tristan Constantine and Reina Moore.
Visitation June 1st and 2nd at Garden City Memorial, Missoula.
Burial is at 1pm, Saturday, June 5th at Pleasantview Cemetery, Ballentine. Life Celebration to follow at Jim and Leona Samson’s home.