Joyce Smith, 91, of Alexandria, Va. passed away peacefully on January 13, 2018 at Aarondale Assisted Living.
Joyce was born and raised in Springville, where she attended St. Aloysius and Griffith Institute schools. She went to Washington D.C. in 1945 during World War II to work for the Defense Intelligence Agency as one of the “Government Girls.” The government provided housing at Arlington Hall, where many of her lifelong friendships were made.
Through friends she met J.C. Smith of Alexandria, Va. and they were married on June 3, 1950. He passed away in 2013.
Joyce worked for the DIA and Veterans Administration until 1967 when she began a career with Alexandria City Public Schools as an administrative secretary until her retirement.
In addition to her husband, Joyce was preceded in death by a sister Janice Woodruff and a brother Charles Folts.
Joyce is survived by a daughter Cindy Smith-Page (Mac) of Alexandria, Va.; a grandson Clinton (Kathryn) Page of Alexandria, Va.; granddaughters Allison (Michael) Lowry of Springfield, Va. and Ashley (Tom) Rath of Arlington, Va.; two great-grandchildren Harper and Everett Rath; a brother Roger Folts and two sisters Barbara Ferraro and Judy Kittle.
A funeral mass was held from the Basilica of St. Mary in Old Town Alexandria, Va. A private interment was held at Prospect Hill Cemetery in Front Royal, Va.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to Capital Caring Hospice or the Alzheimer’s Association
Arrangements were made by the Everly Wheatley Funeral Home, 1500 W. Braddock Road, Alexandria, Va.