Joy C. Smith

  • Born: October 22, 1936
  • Died: October 28, 2020
  • Location: Strongsville, Ohio

Busch Funeral and Crematory Services

7501 Ridge Road
Parma, OH 44129
Tel. (440) 842-7800

Tribute & Message From The Family

Loving Partner, Mother, Grandmother, Friend


Joy Carole (with an E) Smith (nee: Simpson) was born in Cleveland, Ohio on October 22nd, 1936 and died in Strongsville, Ohio on October 28th, 2020. In between those eighty-four years was lived a life defined by and defying of her own times. It began during the economic turmoil of the Great Depression, grew in the wake of a World War and the advent of TV. It was shaken by the sounds of Rock-n-Roll and the threat of nuclear war. Then as civil unrest and protests raged around her she became a working wife, home maker, and mother of three.

Next, an energy crisis did not slow her in raising a family that included a mortgage, youth sports, home cooked meals, family vacations, school activities, and season tickets to the Front Row Theater.

Joy worked for over 50 years at a variety of jobs and employers that included American Greetings, Eaton Corporation, and Astrup Awning. As well as earning an Associate Degree in Computer Programming. All of which was done as a matter of responsibility and duty to provide a good life for herself and her family. A working wife and mother and as a single working mother, doing what was right and necessary, before anyone was really talking about working women or single moms and how special they really are.

The second act of Joy's life included her loving and supporting companion Richard Meszaros. With his encouragement she continued to work and volunteer for a diverse group of organizations. They included Tenable Security at the Cleveland Browns Stadium, County Board of Elections as an election day poll worker, volunteering at NASA, Playhouse Square as a head usher, "RedCoat", being a volunteer police officer for Strongsville, and a school crossing guard.

Joy enjoyed gardening, cooking, movies, traveling, pets, especially her dogs, live entertainment, and TV. If one can be traditionally-progressive then she was. From taking a typing class in high school, to computer punch cards of the 1980's, to watching Battlestar Galactica, she was a "Trekkie" before it was cool to be one.

Joy will be remembered, missed, and loved by her daughter Yvette Ittu (James), and son Derek (Deb), her grandchildren, Meghan, Michael, Derek, and Danielle, her devoted companion Richard, and all her friends. As ordinary as Joy's life may have seemed, it takes thousands of Joys to make this world a place filled with hope, love, and joy.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be forwarded to Thomas P. Perciak Family Residential Hospice, 18659 Drake Rd, Strongsville, OH 44136.

Private family services will be held. Cremation by Busch Crematory.

Condolence & Memory Journal

My most sincere sympathies go out to Joy's family. I met her on the job at HomePlace. She invited me to sit with her at lunchtime, and we also met for exercise, coffee and The Yankee Peddler Festival. What a wonderful woman! I'm sure she will be greatly missed. Fondly

Posted by Debbie Burton - Brecksville, OH - Coworker   November 15, 2020

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