Joan Sandra Smith, Franklin

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Joan Sandra Smith

Joan Sandra (Speedie) Smith, 77, passed gently into the hands of God on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

She was a resident of Franklin.

Joan was born Jan. 9, 1936, in Newton, Mass., the eldest daughter of Gordon Alexander Speedie of Kenilworth, Ill., and Martha Louise (Berry) of Jamaica Plain, Mass.

She was raised in New Jersey, Washington, D.C., and Arlington, Mass., where she graduated from high school in 1953. She attended Lowell State Teachers College in Lowell, Mass., for two years.

She met Donald Archie Smith of Dayton, Ohio, a junior at Harvard College, on a blind date to the Harvard-Dartmouth football game in 1954. They were married in Nashua, N.H., on May 18, 1955, and enjoyed almost 58 years of loving marriage.

Joan was preceded in death by her parents; and a granddaughter, Krystal Delaney.

She is survived by her husband, Donald Smith; her sister Constance Elizabeth Swensen and her husband, the Rev. Oscar Swensen, of Lyman, Maine; her sister Sue Ellen Carrington of Lyman, Maine; three sons, Douglas Alan and his wife, Eveline (Weide), of St. Joseph, Ill., Keith Cameron and his wife, Lisa (McIntosh), of Westfield and Neal Ramsey of Vandalia, Ohio; a daughter, Dee Delaney and her husband, Stuart Delaney, of Grove City, Ohio; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Joan and Don also helped raise two other loving children, Tedd McCauley of Joliet, Ill., and Carolyn Staudt of Concord, Mass.

Joan loved her family and friends and had a zest for life.

A lifelong member of the United Methodist Church, she served in many ministry projects in Ohio and Indiana. She coordinated programs to support the Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. She made a mission trip to Sierra Leone to help with refurbishing the Bo Centennial School and was coordinator for the Marion District for Operation Classroom.

She was director of the Marion Easter Pageant. She was a den mother for Cub Scouts. She was a trained tax aide for the AARP tax assistance to the elderly.

She loved community theater, assisting backstage with many productions in Columbus, Ohio. Her favorite experience was directing “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” in Columbus and Marion.

For many years, she was the administrative assistant for the service department of Rish Equipment Co. in Columbus, Ohio.

When she was 35, she began driving her Triumph Spitfire in autocross competition. She then took up road racing, received her racing license and raced H and G production and won trophies at Road America, Road Ohio and other tracks in the Midwest and New England.

She and Don entertained foreign visitors in their home, making friends throughout the world. She enjoyed traveling with Don on business trips to Europe and fun trips to see friends overseas and to interesting places in the United States. An avid bridge and euchre player, she was close to becoming a life master and made many friends along the way.

We will miss the twinkle and winks of her beautiful blue eyes and the radiant smile that cheered the hearts of everyone who met her.

The funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 23 at Franklin United Methodist Community, Wright Memorial Chapel, 1070 W. Jefferson St. The Rev. In Suk Peebles and the Rev. John Elliott will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service and Crematory, Greenwood Chapel, 481 W. Main St., and from 9 a.m. until service time Feb. 23 at the chapel. Interment will be private.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Operation Classroom, P.O. Box 246, Colfax IN 46035.

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