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Joan Marie (Hansen) Smith

Published on -9/29/2012, 5:29 PM

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Joan Marie (Hansen) Smith, 78, Verdigris, Okla., formerly of Hays, died Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012.

She was born Nov. 9, 1933, in Oklahoma City to Elwood and Florence Nail. She was a 1952 graduate of Newton High School.

She married Harold Hansen on Memorial Day 1954, with the family residing in Newton, Independence, Yates Center, Wichita and Hays, until he preceded her in death in 1973. She later married Thayne Smith on June 19, 1976. She served as an accountant in the Harvey County Clerk's office in Newton, and in accounting and banking positions at Yates Center, Wichita and Hays, and as a computer instructor for a national securities firm, based in Kansas City, Mo. She and Thayne owned and operated a embroidery business at Wagoner for several years, and they represented various outdoor product firms, including Zebco, Lowrance Electronics, Bushnell and Pentax sports optics, and Jayco recreation vehicles at industry and writer functions throughout the USA, Canada, England, Scotland and Spain.

Her hobbies included sewing, cross-stitch and her extensive elephant collection. She was a dedicated hunter and angler.

Survivors include her husband of 36 years; her children and stepchildren and spouses including Kellard Smith and Jennie, Eagle Rock, Mo., Jeff Hansen and Leisa, Seymour, Mo., Patti (Hansen) Braun and Allen, Claremore, Okla., Scott Smith and Karen, Owasso, Okla., Richard Hansen and Jane, Victoria, and Kim (Hansen) Giebler and John, Norman, Okla.; many grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Services were Sept. 25 at First Baptist Church, Owasso, Okla.

Memorials are suggested to Hope Hospice, 8291 N. Owasso Expressway, Owasso, OK 74055 or the OSU Center for Health Sciences Program, 1111 W. 17th, Tulsa, OK 74107, to which Joan willed her remains for medical research and education.

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