Joan Fay Keding Smith was born Nov. 13, 1942 to parents Waco Keding and Bernice Loescher Keding in Sealy. Joan gained her heavenly wings on Sept. 8, 2018 after a long, brave battle with cancer (renal cell carcinoma).
Joan was welcomed to her heavenly home by her parents, brother Floyd Keding, and beloved grandparents, aunts and uncles.
Joan graduated from Sealy High School in 1961. She was very proud to have been a majorette and then drum major for the Tiger Band her senior year. Shortly after graduation, she moved to Houston where she started her first clerical position. Joan had several jobs throughout the years including being a business owner with her husband Gene.
She met her husband, Gene Smith, while living in Houston, and were married in 1978. The Smiths lived in Katy for several years before retiring to Sealy. In their 40 years together they had many adventures and enjoyed travelling.
Joan was very creative and enjoyed decorating, floral arranging and landscape design. Her true passion was her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her favorite time of year has always been Christmas where she was able to showcase their beautifully decorated home and spoil all of the "kids" which made her truly happy. Many people have experienced her kindness and generosity, which she will ultimately be remembered for.
Joan is survived by her loving and devoted husband Gene, daughters Sheila Hieber and husband Neal of Houston, Lori McCollum and husband Coy of Boerne, step-children Dewain Smith of Austin and Cherie Price of Weatherford. Grandchildren Chelsey Davidson and husband Joseph, Megan Ackermann and husband Ben, Samantha Quayhagen and husband Rob, Cory McCollum, Riley Orand and wife Jesseca, and Adam Hieber. Great-grandchildren Charley, Oliver and Reid Davidson, Eden Ackermann, and Aubrey McCollum. There are numerous cousins along with many special friends that were like family.
Visitation for Joan was Sept. 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. with a special prayer service at 6:30 p.m. at Knesek Funeral Home on Fourth Street in Sealy. Funeral services were held Sept. 11 at 2 p.m. also at Knesek Funeral home. Graveside service followed at the Sealy Cemetery. Family and friends were invited to join the family for a reception at Tony's Restaurant in Sealy following the services.
The family would like to express their thanks and appreciation to the staffs at Colonial Belle and Compassionate Care Hospice for their care and kindness. Also, a special thank you to the pall bearers: Neal Hieber, Coy McCollum, Adam Hieber, Cory McCollum, Riley Orand and Gil Mendoza.
In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation to the charity of your choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of Knesek Family Funeral Chapel, 768 Fourth St. Sealy, Texas 77474.