Joan Elliott Smith, age 96, wise, loving, giving, artistic, a true "lady", passed on to the next phase of her life surrounded by loved ones at Hospice Care Center in Orange City July 31. Born in Franklin, Indiana on Valentines' Day 1917, to Morris and Lillian Elliott, Joan was a graduate of Northwestern University where she was a member of: Theta Sigma Phi journalism honorary, Delta Delta Delta sorority and Orchesis, a modern dance troupe. It was through dancing that she met her husband, the late Philip Smith. When the men's chorus joined the dancers for a musical show, Phil made sure to position himself so that when the director paired off the gals and guys he would be Joan's partner. The couple's 70 year marriage produced no arguments and three children. It took them from Chicago to Indiana, to Ohio, to New Jersey, back to Chicago and finally to DeLand. Joan was active in community programs including the Neighborhood Center, the Azalea Garden Club, West Volusia Artists and was a volunteer art and music teacher for Evergreen Day School. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church and PEO. Joan was a talented painter who graciously gave away both paintings and tips. She opened her home to anyone who needed a loving friendly place with a good listener. Joan is survived by her treasured sister, Leah and husband John Wittich, formerly of DeLand; her three children, Carter and Suzy, DeLand and Elliott, Ormond by the Sea; two loving grandsons, Jesse, Daytona Beach and Josh (Carlie) Tampa; one great granddaughter and a large extended family. Her beloved brother, Carter Elliott, passed several years ago. Per Joan's wishes, instead of a funeral a tea party will be held on August 23 at 3:30 in Fellowship Hall at First Presbyterian Church, DeLand. Guests are asked to bring a favorite teacup or mug. In lieu of flowers please send contributions to The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia, 434 S. Woodland Blvd., DeLand. Condolences or memories may be shared with the family online through Deltona Memorial Funeral Home, www.deltonamemorialfuneralhome.com
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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Aug. 18, 2013