Joyce Dalene Smith
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Joyce Dalene Smith, 89 of Floyd, NY passed away in the loving presence of her daughters on Sunday, September 26, 2021. Joyce was born in Coffins Mills, NY on July 28, 1932. She graduated from Clifton-Fine High School at the age of 16. Joyce achieved her R.N. from A.B. Hepburn School of Nursing. For many years, Joyce was a dedicated nurse at Rome Memorial Hospital. She struck that delicate balance between work and family by living her lifelong mantra "we all work and then we all play."
Joyce and her husband Merton enjoyed a wonderful marriage of 67 years. Fun activities were always in their lives. They enjoyed pool parties, volleyball, playing cards, golf, bocce, skiing, snowmobiling, neighborhood celebrations and family get-togethers. They loved to dance and sing, and never stopped adoring each other. As she reflected upon her life, Joyce could be heard saying "Mert, we had a good run."
Joyce was joyous and caring. She saw the best in everyone and sincerely made them feel special. She could talk with anyone and garner what is important, even when meeting new acquaintances. Joyce was welcoming and treated everyone as a family. She was always a keen listener and she could converse about anything.
She loved and adored her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. "Amah's" presence in their lives was of paramount importance to every one of them. Joyce was a faithful member of the Floyd United Methodist Church. Church members were close friends to Joyce and were central in her life.
She was predeceased by her parents, Merle and Lewis Wiggins, and grandson, Christopher Berkery.
Surviving are her loving husband, Merton Smith; daughters, Debra (Randy) Williams and Darcy (Bill) Berkery; grandchildren, Sarah (David) Pisacich, Kalah (Brent) Arsenault, William (Carol) Berkery, John Berkery and Matthew Berkery; great-grandchildren, Michael and Ethan Pisacich, Emma, Abby and Oliver Arsenault; brother, Douglas (Maria) Wiggins; sister-in-law, Betty DeCora; and many nieces and nephews.
In accordance with Joyce's wishes, there will be no formal services. The family would like to thank Joyce's caregivers for their compassion and loving care.
Contributions in her name may be made to Floyd United Methodist Church, 8398 New Floyd Rd., Rome, NY 13440.
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