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Joan Smith Passed from this earth on December 20, 2012 at Kaiser Terra Linda after a long illness. She was born on March 4, 1929 in Modesto. After graduation from high school there she attended the University of the Pacific in Stockton. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in English (with a minor in danced and drama). Her first teaching job was in Oakland. She married Glenn Smith in December of 1953 and in 1956 they moved from Berkeley to Larkspur. They built their house on Olive Street, lived there for 25 years, raised a family, and were part of the community in Larkspur. Joan was a parishioner at St, Patrick's Church. Joan was also a longtime high school teacher at both Novato and San Marin High Schools. Her first love was modern dance and drama and she has a legacy of yearly modern dance productions at both schools. Her girl's modern dance classes were a mainstay during the 1960s and 1970s. In the early 1960s she was nicknamed by her students as "Bubbles" and that name stuck throughout her career. Some of her more notable dance productions are still remembered and talked about by former students, friends, and family. Joan was an avid Tennis player, a long time member of the Rafael Racquet Club, and also a downhill skier, Yosemite hiker, and world traveler. She retired and move from Larkspur in 1987. Joan was a person of boundless energy, ambition, and optimism. She was very dedicated to her students and family throughout much of her life. Her legacy can be seen in the thousands of students whose lives she touched and inspired to do great things. Her legacy can also be seen in her family. She is survived by her son, Brian Smith, daughter, Shelly Smith (both of Port Angeles, WA), former husband Glenn Smith (of Bozeman, MT), and grandchildren Courtney, Rebecca, and Tim. There will be a memorial for Joan in the spring of 2013 in Larkspur.
Published in Marin Independent Journal on Dec. 26, 2012
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