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Joyce (Howell) Smart, 93

Joyce (Howell) Smart, age 93, of Orrville, died Sunday, December 10, 2023, at Meadow Wind Health Care in Massillon, following a period of declining health.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on January 13, 2024, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1556 Rex Drive, Orrville, with Pastor Kristen Buchs officiating.  Friends may call following the service in the fellowship hall of the church at Noon.

Public burial will take place at 10:15 am on Monday, December 18, 2023 at the Ohio Western Reserve Cemetery in Rittman.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 1556 Rex Drive, Orrville OH 44667,

Joyce was born October 20, 1930, in Jaysee, Mississippi to the late Perrie and Hettie (Holmes) Howell.  She was a graduate of Columbia High School, Columbia MS.  She moved to Dayton OH in 1949 where she graduated from Miami-Jacobs College.

On June 6, 1953 she married Donald R. Smart in Dayton.  Don died on January 11, 2020.  In 1968 they moved to Cambridge, OH, and in 1970 they moved to Orrville.  She was a secretary at Dairy Farm Products Co. in Orrville from 1978-1992.

Joyce was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and served on various committees at various times.  She was a past president of Research Club.  Joyce was an avid Bridge player and loved reading and gardening.

Surviving are children, David (Rebecca) Smart of Sacramento CA and Cynthia Smart of Canton; grandchildren, Michelle Kinch, JR Lopez, Elsa Lopez, Glenn Lopez and Nicolas Lopez of Sacramento CA; and many great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; great nieces and nephews; and great-great nieces and nephews.

Auble Funeral Home in Orrville is handling the arrangements. Online registry and expressions of condolence may be made at

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