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JoAnn Batterton SMITH Obituary

SMITH, JoAnn Batterton

JoAnn Batterton Smith passed away April 30, 2013. She was born in Petersburg, IL May 7, 1922 to Struble and Gladys Batterton. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Richard A. Batterton. The family moved to Seattle in 1936, where she graduated from Roosevelt High School. There she met the love of her life, Harry Edwin (Ed) Smith. They married when Ed was in the Army during World War II. She attended the University of Washington. They settled in Seattle, later moving to Tacoma and in 1956 to West Hartford, where they raised their two sons: Stephen Richard Smith (wife, Linda Lewis) currently living in Dalian, China and Roger Wakelee Smith (wife, Judith Swan) in New Mexico. They returned to Washington in 2002 to live at Emerald Heights in Redmond, joining a number of family and friends. JoAnn (or Joey as many called her) was a real beauty and, while in high school was given the crown of "Miss Green Lake", riding atop a float in the Seafair parade. She was a bridge player, an avid reader, did beautiful needle work and loved doing crossword puzzles. She was a teacher's aide for 20 years. She doted on her grandson (Stephen and Linda's son) Tobias Johnson Smith, now living in San Francisco. JoAnn and Ed travelled extensively. They sailed on a cargo ship through the Panama Canal and down the coast of South America and later sailed to several countries in Europe, including England, France, Scotland, Italy and more. They visited Korea and Japan multiple times, staying with family and with friends. They flew to the South Pacific (Fiji, Australia, New Zealand) and cruised the Erie Canal and the canals of Europe. JoAnn was devoted to her family and will be missed tremendously by all who knew and loved her. She was a friend to all.
A memorial will be held on Saturday, June 1, at 1 p.m. at Emerald Heights, 10901 176th Circle NE, Redmond, WA 98052. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Emerald Heights Benevolent Fund would be appreciated.

Published in The Hartford Courant on May 22, 2013
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