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Joan Frances (Skeens) Smith

July 27, 1938 ~ October 30, 2018 (age 80)


JERSEYVILLE -  Joan Frances (Skeens) Smith, 80, died at 12:15 p.m., Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at her residence.

She was born in Grafton on July 27, 1938, one of four children born to Lowell W. "Jack" and Vera M. (Patton) Skeens.

Joan grew up in Grafton, and graduated from Jersey Community High School.

For many years, she was employed at McDonnell-Douglas in St. Louis, Missouri, retiring as an Administrative Secretary.

She was formerly married to Paul Vann Brown, and together they had three children, Paul Richard, Teresa and Suzanne.

She married Paul Richard Smith on March 4, 2011 in Olney, Illinois and he survives.

Also surviving are her son and daughter-in law, Paul Richard "Dick" and Laura Brown of Waco, Texas; two daughters and sons-in law, Teresa Kay and Mike McDougal of Edwardsville, and Suzanne Lynn "Suzie" and Joe Kirbach of Jerseyville; five grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; a sister and brother in-law, Nancy and Alan Hauff of Grafton; a brother in-law,  Larry Bollinger of Jerseyville; and a sister in-law, Sharon Skeens of Appleton, Wi.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Lowell Frank Skeens; and her twin sister, June Bollinger.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church in Jerseyville, with Rev. Dennis Hill officiating.

Burial will be in the Scenic Hill Cemetery in Grafton.

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