Joyce Marie Smith, 83, a resident of Los Alamos, passed away peacefully on Nov. 5, 2012 at Sombrillo Nursing Home in Los Alamos after a long struggle with cancer. She was preceded in death by her husband Lloyd E. Smith, Jr. of Los Alamos; and parents Martin Ernst Zoch and Mary Bertha Lloyd Zoch of Houston, Texas. Mrs. Smith is survived by her brother Martin Zoch and wife Mary of Houston, Texas; son David L. Smith and wife Leni of Los Alamos; daughter Janet M. Holmes of Bakersfield, Calif.; granddaughters Taylor Gonzales and husband Robert of Albuquerque; Chelsea Lucas and husband Steven of Golden, Colo.; Kati Bono and husband Alex of Bakersfield, Calif.; great-grandchildren Sofia and Sullivan Gonzales of Albuquerque; nephew Wayne Smith and wife Margie of Montgomery, Ala. and her many brothers and sisters in her spiritual family.
She was born in Houston, Texas on Jan. 16, 1929. She graduated from the University of Houston in 1949. She was married to her sweetheart Lloyd E. Smith, Jr. for 54 years. Together they moved to Los Alamos in 1967 and made it their home as they loved the beauty of the area. She enjoyed cooking, sewing and off-roading with her husband, Lloyd, and many friends. Being a faithful Jehovah's Witness, she enjoyed sharing her faith of a coming paradise earth under Christ's Kingdom with many others in her lifetime. Her family sincerely appreciates the loving care she received from the entire Sombrillo nursing staff.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Nov. 24, 2012 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, located at 4542 Yucca in Los Alamos. The family of Joyce Marie Smith has entrusted their loved one to DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Espa?ola Valley. 505-662-2400 or devargasfuneral.com