Beverly Smith

Beverly Joan Wilkins Smith

Thursday, July 9th, 1942 - Monday, August 24th, 2020
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Beverly Joan Wilkins Smith, 78, of Bellefonte, passed from this life on August 24, 2020, at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA.

Joan was born on July 9, 1942 in Potter Township, she was the daughter of the late Betty Grubb Wilkins and the late Edward Louis Wilkins.

On December 11, 1964, she married Frederick R. Smith, who preceded her in death.

Joan graduated from Bellefonte High School and held various jobs during her life, but she truly enjoyed being an aunt, mother, and grandmother. She taught the value of the dollar and the two-dollar limit.

She loved a hot slot machine, a good yard sale, bingo, playing cards or board games with family and friends, and trips to the beach – especially the winters she spent in Holly Hill, FL with the girls. She had a great laugh and wonderful sense of humor that will be greatly missed. Joan was a wonderful cook and could boil her legendary boiling bags to the perfect temperature. She also appreciated everyone else’s cooking, famously packing doggie bags at all family gatherings.

Joan is survived by her three children, Troy Smith (Angela) of Millheim, Jodi Smith (Mark Konopelski) of Centre Hall, and Kristi Smith of Centre Hall, and her grandchildren, Lydia and Ozbourne Smith of Millheim.

Also surviving are sisters, Mary (Jack) Martz, Patricia (Terry) Davis, and Karen (Robert) Garner, and her brothers, Donald (Barb) Wilkins, and Bill Wilkins, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Shirley Martz.

Following Joan’s wishes, funeral services are private and will be at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are under the direction of Wetzler Funeral Service, Inc. in Bellefonte.

The family encourages those who knew and loved Joan to take a moment to laugh and celebrate her life and memory.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Bellefonte Senior Resource Center, Vicky Confer, Center Manager, 110 North Spring Street, Bellefonte, PA 16823.
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    206 N. Spring Street
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Peggy McMullin

Posted at 03:55pm
Oh my, please accept my condolences . I just learned about your mom passing away. All those childhood memories with your mom... mostly scolding us for being up to no good on N. Spring Street or when you moved to the 'country'. Most of her communication was through her gritting teeth.."GIRLS!". We kept her busy when we were little. But that laugh she had was so awesome. And because of her I learned about the Grange Fair, Logan Carnival, Pepsi, yard sales, diving, and so much more. Rest well in Heaven Joan. Peace to the Smiths.

Jodi Smith Posted at 10:46pm

Hooley - thanks so much for sharing your memories. My childhood came rushing back to me through your comments - We sure did try her patience. Ha ha She always enjoyed seeing you, and asked about the “Hooley’s” often. We appreciate your condolences. We should get together soon - we’ve both had a challenging year. Thanks for being a friend! Jodi

Kelly Moran

Posted at 08:17am
So very sorry to hear of Joan's passing. I have been thinking of her over these past few days and remembering how she was always so welcoming to all the "kids" and managed to perfectly balance being firm and fun. She had a gift for making you feel relaxed in her company.

Jodi Smith Posted at 11:01am

Well said Kel - she sure did have the firm and fun balanced perfectly. She always enjoyed having you around. We appreciate you sharing your thoughts and continued support. You’re a great friend! Jodi

Diane McMurtrie

Posted at 01:50pm
Please accept my deepest sympathy, I am so sorry to hear of Joan's passing. She is part of my wonderful memories of growing up in Pleasant Gap. I remember her coming next door to Pap Smith's . She was always laughing and having a good time. I am sure she will be missed, but I am also sure she is up in Heaven adding a little spice to it! ❤❤❤❤

Diane Meyers McMurtrie

Jodi Smith Posted at 07:10pm

Thank you for your sympathy and comments Diane. Our family appreciates you sharing your memories with us. Jodi Smith

Linda Nau

Posted at 07:52pm
May you rest in peace Joan. You were always so kind to my mother and the other seniors who attended the Bellefonte Senior Citizen Center. My thoughts and prayers of sympathy to Buzz and Bill and the rest of your family.

Jodi Smith Posted at 07:12pm

Thank you Linda. We appreciate your kind words. Mom enjoyed spending time at the Bellefonte Senior Center, and talked fondly of the people and her time there. Jodi Smith

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