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Joyce A. Smith

April 9, 1938 — May 11, 2017

Joyce A. Smith, 79, of Galesburg, Illinois passed away peacefully at 5:45 a.m. on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at her home. Joyce was born April 9, 1938 in Kewanee, Illinois the daughter of Elmer and Leona (Renwick) Daum. She graduated from Williamsfield High School in 1955. Joyce then married Larry L. Smith on December 22, 1959 at the Presbyterian Church in Galesburg, Illinois. Joyce worked as a secretary for Gates Rubber Company for 30 years. Joyce and Larry loved to travel the world together. She was an avid reader and an accomplished pianist. She is survived by her husband, Larry Smith, brother and sister-in-laws: Brent Smith, Sylvia (the late Merlin) Smith, both of Toulon, Illinois, and Faye (Syl) Keller of Carlock, Illinois; nieces and nephew: Melissa (Scott) Boastick of Springfield, Illinois, Laurie (James) Bethmann of Lake Villa, Illinois, Barbara (Tim) Hildebrandt of Toulon, Illinois, Philip (Staci) Keller of Eureka, Illinois; one great-niece Abbi Hildebrandt and one great-nephew Connor Bethmann. Joyce was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Marcine Connor. Cremation rites have been accorded. Visitation will be on Friday, May 26, 2017 from 5 – 7 at the Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Home in Knoxville, Illinois. A graveside memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at the West Jersey Cemetery in West Jersey, Illinois with Deacon Mike Crummer officiating. A celebration of life will be held immediately following at the Smith Family Farm located a mile and a half south of West Jersey on Route 78. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Illinois Cancer Care or OSF Hospice. Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Home in Knoxville is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be made at To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Joyce A. Smith please visit our Sympathy Store.
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