Josephine Smith

September 22, 1931May 10, 2019

On May 10, 2019 Josephine Gowen Smith passed peacefully surrounded by her four children; Joetta Smith DeSwarte Wallace, Gary Smith, Jeannie Smith Trippel and Linda Smith Shelby. We are comforted that she is now with her husband, John B. Smith who preceded her in death 41 years ago and with her Lord Jesus. Jo was blessed with 7 grandchildren; Jennifer Burtram, Jason DeSwarte, Brandon Smith, Brittany Smith, Kyle Trippel, Kevin Trippel and Claire Shelby. She also has 9 great-grandchildren; Rhea and Autumn Burtram, Madison, Emily, Gracelyn, Tanner and Hunter Trippel, Owen and Cali DeSwarte. Jo was preceded in death by her brother Lester Gowen and her sister Anna Eastwood and is survived by Dean Holder and Allie McKenzie, Winnie Henry, Maggie Patterson and Dave Gowen. She dedicated her life to her family and friends and will be deeply missed by all. A Celebration of Life will be held at Woodward Park Church of Christ on May 23, 2019 at 11:30 a.m.


23 May

Celebration of Life

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Woodward Park Church of Christ

7886 N. Millbrook Ave.
Fresno, CA 93720


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Nancy Eastwood Garrison

May 15, 2019

My dear Aunt Jo, I always thought very highly of you. You were the sister of my mom's that always paid attention to me and made me feel special. I remember when we moved from Reedley to Roseville and you rode with us.
I had a helium balloon that I was playing with that evidently was annoying. You asked to see it and the next thing I know was that it went out the window. For years I thought it was an accident! RIP Aunt Jo. I will always think of you with fondness. With love, your neice, Nancy

Jeanette Burns

May 14, 2019

Prayers of comfort and peace for all Jo’s family and friends (she has many!)
Jo was such a sweet lady, Jo gave me the best hugs every time I saw her. She will be missed dearly, but we rejoice in knowing she has reached her final reward.

Maureen O'Brien

May 14, 2019

With deepest sympathies to you and all your family Jeannie. She was a great lady and a real friend to my mom.