KILLINGTON — A memorial service will be held at a future date for Joan Flostroy Smith, 79, who died peacefully Aug. 4. She spent her last few months in Franklin, N.Y., at the home of her friend and caregiver Dotty, with the help of many close family members.
Joan was born on Feb. 2, 1934 and grew up in Bayside, N.Y., daughter of the late Alfred and Mary Louise (Roemer) Flostroy.
She was a graduate of Bayside High School and Bethany College.
She was married to Richard E. Smith in June 1959. They raised their family in Smithtown, N.Y. Richard passed away in May of 2006.
Joan had an adventurous spirit and spent most of her time in the outdoors, skiing, hiking, biking, kayaking, snowshoeing and sailing. She was a member of the Ski-Daddlers, the Nassau Hiking Club, and the Green Mountain Hiking Club.
Joan volunteered her time for many years, providing therapy for Parkinson’s patients in Smithtown, N.Y. and Rutland.
She was a longtime member of Smithtown Methodist Church and sang in the choir. Most recently she was a member of the Mendon United Methodist Church, where she also sang in the choir.
She is survived by her three children, Linda (Smith) Erickson and husband Jim of State College, Penn., David Smith and wife Andrea of Stittville, N.Y., and Steve Smith and wife Kathy of Franklin, N.Y; seven grandchildren, Gina, Jaclyn, Steven Jr., Joseph, Noah, Jack and Carly; and three great-grandchildren David, Judd and Zander. Joan also leaves behind her faithful cat Stormy, who followed her everywhere.
Donations may be made in Joan’s name to Catskill Area Hospice in Oneonta, N.Y. or to the Rutland County Humane Society in Rutland.
Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting our website at www.courtneyfh.com.
This obituary first appeared in the August 8, 2013 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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