JOYCE ANN SMITHER, 52
LAKELAND - Joyce Ann Smither, 52, of Lakeland, FL, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, June 22, 2010 due to complications from a brain aneurysm.
Joyce was born in Miami, FL on October 26, 1957 and met her husband in South Carolina. She graduated from Cooper City High School in 1975. She was a member of First Baptist Church at the Mall and was employed for 10 years as an Operations Support Assistant for Fed Ex in Lakeland. Joyce loved Disney and attended the parks frequently with family.
Russ and Joyce discovered on their first date that they were both from Hollywood, FL. As her husband, I was blessed and honored to know Joyce for over 20 years and I know that someday we will meet again in heaven where the words "good bye" will never be spoken. She touched all of her loved ones and friends with a sweet, quiet and gentle spirit that will forever remain in our hearts.
Survivors include her loving husband, Russell W. Smither; two stepsons: Brian R. & Andrew R. Smither; her beloved parents: mother & stepfather Doris & Robert LaFontaine and father, Charles Bourquin; two brothers: Larry & Charles Bour-quin; two sisters: Nancy Hartung & Doris Hill; and her in-laws: Russell L. & Della Smither.
A memorial service to celebrate Joyce's life will be held on Friday, July 2, 2010 at 7:00pm at Gentry-Morrison Northside Funeral Home, 5245 US 98 N., Lakeland with family receiving friends one hour prior to services from 6:00 to 7:00pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that donations be made in Joyce's memory to a charity of choice.
Arrangements by Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home, Northside Chapel.