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Joan Smith

July 29, 1932 — July 30, 2021


Joan Iona (Poff) Hill Smith of rural Bellevue, MI passed away on July 30, 2021.  Mrs. Smith was born July 29, 1932 in Maple Grove Township to Dale & Mildred (Miller) Poff.

She graduated from Hastings High School in 1951 and went to work at Hastings Manufacturing for 1 ½ years before going to work at Rich Manufacturing, later Federal Mogul, in Battle Creek, MI.  She worked in the payroll dept. & as receptionist, telephone operator, and Personnel Secretary until the company closed.

Her first marriage to David E. Capps ended in divorce.  She married Martin E. Smith, Sr. on June 22, 1962.  She is survived by an adopted son, Randall B. Smith (Miriam) of Battle Creek, MI., stepdaughter Janet M. Booth (Edwin) of Gentry AR, half-sister Dallas June Green of Elkhart, IN, niece, Pamela Kaser (Brad) of Elkhart, MI, and nephew Mitchell Alan Hill of Middleville, MI.  She also had 13 step-grandchildren, 16 step-great-grandchildren, and 1 step-great-great-grandchild.

Preceding her in death was her mother, Mildred B. Hill, stepfather, Fred L. Hill, husband, Martin E. Smith, Sr., half-brother, Gary Alan Hill, infant daughter, Vicki Rae, stepson, Martin E. Smith, Jr., & stepson, Thomas B. Smith.

She was a long time member of First Baptist Church, Bellevue, MI.  She enjoyed the out-of-doors, dogs, writing letters, sewing, jigsaw puzzles, and especially one gray tiger cat, Smokey Joe, who has been her faithful companion for the last eight years.

Memorial contributions may be made to  Hastings Animal Control.  Memorial service is scheduled for 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 7, 2021, at First Baptist Church, 122 S Main St, Bellevue, MI.  Memories and condolences may be left for the family at

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