Joan Smith, 65, hospital volunteer, homemaker

December 24, 2003

Joan W. Smith, a hospital volunteer and homemaker, died of complications from leukemia Dec. 17 at Franklin Square Hospital Center. The Perry Hall resident was 65.

The former Joan Wheeler, born in Baltimore and raised in the Belair-Edison neighborhood, was a 1955 graduate of Eastern High School.

For the past decade and a half she was a volunteer at Franklin Square, putting in more than 10,000 hours. She assisted patients with arts and crafts and worked in radiology.

Mrs. Smith belonged to the White Marsh Baptist Angels, a community service group, and was a member of the Second and Fourth Baptist Church on Orleans Street.

Services were held Saturday.

Survivors include her husband of 34 years, George Smith, a retired Diamond Press printer; two daughters, Michelle Hoxter of Perry Hall and Erin Smith of Baltimore; four brothers, Ferdinand, Donald, Kenneth and William Wheeler, all of Baltimore; a sister, Eleanore Cameron of Severn; and three grandchildren.

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