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Richardson-Colonial Funeral Home

123 Newlin Street, Port Lavaca, TX

OBITUARY

Joyce Gerdes Smith

January 10, 1937September 21, 2019
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Joyce Gerdes Smith, 82, of Port Lavaca passed away September 21, 2019. She was born January 10, 1937 in Yoakum, TX to James Jerome Gerdes and Marie Samora Kacir. Joyce was involved in Girl Scouts, PTA, and the Port Lavaca High School Class of ‘55 Reunion Committee. She also enjoyed sewing and going to bluegrass festivals with her husband. She is survived by her children, Jeffrey V. Smith (Stephenie) of Port Lavaca, TX; Teresa Morgan (Tom) of Palacios, TX; Valerie Reese (Steve) of Port Lavaca, TX; Eric A. Smith (Lorrie) of Port Lavaca, TX; and Lisa McLellan of Drexel, Missouri; brother, Randy Kacir (Robin) of Port Lavaca, TX; sister-in-law, Carolyn Gerdes of Alvin; 13 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Marion A. Smith; parents; sister, Geraldine Gerdes; and brother, Jerry Gerdes. Visitation will be held Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 12-1:30 p.m. at Richardson-Colonial Funeral Home with a rosary to be recited at 1:30 p.m., and funeral services to begin at 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Gardens. Pallbearers are Justin Smith, Wyatt McLellan, Cody Reese, Michael Morgan, Scotty Morgan, Caitlin Johnson, Melanie Smith and Courtney Reese. Honorary Pallbearers are Kurtis McLellan, Garrett McLellan, Jake McLellan, Alan Smith, and Scott Norris. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.richardsoncolonial.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Marion A. Smith, Husband (deceased)
  • James Jerome Gerdes, Father (deceased)
  • Marie Samora Kacir, Mother (deceased)
  • Teresa and Tom Morgan, Daughter
  • Valerie and Steve Reese, Daughter
  • Lisa McLellan, Daughter
  • Jeffrey V. and Stephenie Smith, Son
  • Eric A. and Lorrie Smith, Son
  • Geraldine Gerdes, Sister (deceased)
  • Jerry Gerdes, Brother (deceased)
  • Carolyn Gerdes, Sister-in-law
  • Randy and Robin Kacir, Brother
  • Joyce also leaves behind 13 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren to cherish her memory.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Justin Smith
  • Wyatt McLellan
  • Cody Reese
  • Michael Morgan
  • Scotty Morgan
  • Caitlin Johnson
  • Melanie Smith
  • Courtney Reese
  • Kurtis McLellan, Honorary
  • Garrett McLellan, Honorary
  • Jake McLellan, Honorary
  • Alan Smith, Honorary
  • Scott Norris, Honorary

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, September 28, 2019
  • Rosary Saturday, September 28, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, September 28, 2019

Memories

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Joni Srubar Beckvar

September 28, 2019

Joyce was my mom's (Bobbie Jean Samora Srubar) cousin. Regretfully I had not seen
her in a longtime, except on facebook and always enjoyed her comments. My comforting prayers for your family. May Joyce's sweet smile be with you always. God bless your family. Love, Joni Srubar Beckvar of Sugar Land, Tx.

Stephenie Smith

September 27, 2019

Dr. Larry Garcia, Ph.D.

September 24, 2019

I cannot eulogize Joyce without thinking about Marion, her beloved husband. They were always a couple, even in high school. Joyce and Marion, especially Joyce, were instrumental in maintaining contacts with the members of the high school graduating class of Port Lavaca High School, Class of 1955. In all of their transactions with us, they were professional, but more importantly Joyce and Marion were warm and accepting. We will not forget you.

God Bless You, Joyce. You will be missed.
Larry Garcia, Ph.D., Member
Class of '55, PLHS

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