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Joy Lucille Smith

d. April 27, 2023

Joy Lucille Smith, age 95, of Lincoln, formerly of Greenview, IL, passed away on Thursday, April 27, 2023 at The Christian Village in Lincoln, Illinois.

Joy was born November 13, 1927 near Virden, IL, the daughter of Arthur Sidney and Bertha Evelyn (Coultas) Mortimer.

She married Bryce N. Smith of Virden, IL at her parent’s home near Virden on September 27, 1946.

Mourning her passing are her daughter, Evelyn Smith; sons, Norman (Martha) Smith and Larry (Deborah) Smith; grandchildren, Eric, Andrea (Bryan Guarante); two great-grandchildren, Cierra and Benjamin; a step-grandson, several step-great grandchildren and several step-great great grandchildren; a brother, Russell (Betty) Mortimer; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bryce; her parents; a sister, Dorothy; and three brothers, Raymond, Kenneth, and Eldon Dean.

She graduated from Virden High School in 1945 and became a bookkeeper at Virden Grain Co., Sweetwater Elevator, and Cramer Supply in Greenview.

Joy was a member of Greenview United Church, having served as an elder, choir member, and memorial fund chairman for many years.  She was an avid bowler and was a Women’s Illinois Bowling Congress member for years. Joy was a lifetime member of the Greenview AMVET Ladies Auxiliary #179.

A graveside service for Joy will be held on Friday May 5, 2023 at 11:00 AM at Elmwood Cemetery in Greenview with Stephanie McCullough officiating.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Greenview United Church, Greenview, IL 62642 or Greenview AMVET Ladies Auxiliary Post #179, Greenview, IL.

Mott & Henning Funeral Home is assisting the family. On-line condolences can be shared at



  1. To the Smith family, Karen and I would like to express our condolences. Your Mother was a very kind and sweet lady. She will be missed, but not soon forgotten. Rick and Karen

  2. Norman, Evelyn, and Larry

    My deepest condolences to you and your families on the death of your mother.

    Ken Dirks

  3. Thoughts and prayers with the family, Joy was a wonderful person who lived a long rewarding life, always remembered and never forgotten..

  4. To Evelyn, Norman and Larry and families. Our deepest condolences are with you. We are so privileged to have known Joy all of these years. She will be missed in the community.

    Carla and Barry

  5. Dear Norman, Evelyn, Larry and Families,
    Joy was a great friend to my mom—Sharon Davis—and I have many wonderful memories of her. Sincere condolences to all of you. 💐
    Craig Davis

  6. Larry, so sorry for your loss, thoughts & prayers with you & your family at this difficult time.
    Would have loved to meet this wonderful lady, but leaves quite the legacy I’m sure!!

  7. Sincerest condolences to the Smith family. We had the great pleasure of living next to one of the nicest, sweetest, most kind-hearted neighbors a family could hope to have. For 32 years we had the pleasure of living next to and knowing Joy, Bryce and family. Joy was a truly wonderful person that we all loved dearly and are deeply saddened to hear of her passing. Larry ,Evelyn, Norman and all the grandchildren please accept our most heartfelt condolences.

  8. Larry, I was very sad to read about your Mom. She was a very sweet, kind and special person. I enjoyed bowling with her for many years. I knew she was special when I met her. I know that you and the rest of your family will miss her very much. I’m sure that you all have great memories of her that you can remember during this difficult time and forever.

  9. Larry, Evelyn and Norman,

    I was so sorry to learn of your Mother’s passing. She was such a nice lady and neighbor. Please know that you are all in my thoughts at this sad time.

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