Oct. 1, 1934 -
Jan. 30, 2021
Joy Allene (Notgrass) Smartt passed away January 29, 2021. She was 86 years old.
Joy was born on October 1, 1934, in the small town of Kirk, Texas, which is located about 20 miles east of Waco. She single-handedly raised her four children in Coppell, Texas. She was known to be an extraordinarily strong and independent woman who fiercely loved God and her family. She was soft-spoken, sweet, and down to earth woman with a surprisingly quick-witted, dry sense of humor. While her family would tell you stories about her stubborn nature, it was all part of her strength.
Joy was an extremely intelligent woman and while only having a high school education, she had a successful career at Arco Oil Company for over 25 years. Hardworking and diligent, she learned to be a computer programmer and advanced to become manager of her department. She was one of the last employees at Arco before they closed, and went on to other jobs, always advancing to a lead management role and earning the respect of her peers.
There was not a holiday that Joy didn't robustly decorate for. She not only would decorate her home, but she would purchase extra decorations to adorn her office or cubicle as well as everybody else's. Her walk-in closet was known to be like a five and dime store that housed anything and everything. Christmas Eve was a mainstay at her house, and she always celebrated Christmas Eve with family and would host a big gathering for everybody to be together. She celebrated life as she did holidays and was thankful for all she had.
Joy loved playing the piano and though she never learned to read music, she could play anything by ear — a talent she passed on to some of her grandchildren. She was also a gifted seamstress and could crochet anything, and you could find her sitting (and sleeping) in her beloved 50-year-old recliner that she refused to give up. She would sit for hours crocheting afghans and baby blankets to give to anyone she knew who was expecting a baby. She was an exceedingly kind and generous person who would help anyone if she could.
Joy said her entire life that “God always looked after me.” She read the Bible from cover to cover over five times and enjoyed teaching the Senior adult Sunday school class. She was both well loved and respected by all who knew her, and was a beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who spent countless hours with family. Joy had four children, eight grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren, as well as an older brother who resides in Waco, Texas.
A graveside service was held for family at 11 a.m., Thursday, February 4, at the Kirk Cemetery in Kirk, Texas. Donations may be made at the Alzheimer's Association
. If making a donation you can search “Tribute” Joy Smartt and you will find her page.