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Joanna Rae (Foster) Smith, age 84, passed away Saturday, May 30, 2020, at her home in Joplin, Missouri.
Joanna was born August 19, 1935 in Dade County, MO. She was the youngest child of seven born to Grace (Head) Foster and James Claude Foster. She was raised in the Irwin area. She graduated from Lamar High School in May 1953. She married Duane Cross on October 9, 1953 and to this union four children were born; Jon Karlan Cross, Diana Marie Cross, Mark Lane Cross and Karen Sue Cross. They lived in the Milford, MO area where they raised beef cattle and operated Cross Machinery and Salvage. Their marriage ended in divorce in 1977.
Joanna worked as a receptionist for 7 1/2 years at Finley Engineering Company in Lamar. From 1985 - 1996 she was a contract turkey grower for Con Agra Poultry Company of Carthage, MO. In 1987 she received two awards; one for "Best Tom Flock of the Year" and one for "The Best Tom Flock Grower of the Year". 
On August 19, 1989, she married Howard Smith, and in 1997 they moved to the Sheldon area and continued to raise beef cattle.
Survivors include her husband, Howard Smith; four sons, Jon (Chris) Cross, Lamar, Mark (Marilyn) Cross, Lamar, Tim Smith, Lahaina, Hawaii and Mike (Beverly) Smith, Lamar; three daughters, Diana (Robert) Enright, Lamar, Karen Cross (and fiance Sam Eldridge), Lamar and Kim Smith, Lees Summit, MO; 16 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; her sister, Betty Holman, Dearborn Heights, Michigan and sister-in-law, Joyce Foster of Lakeland, Florida.
Preceding Joanna in death were her parents, Grace and J.C. Foster; four brothers, John Leon Foster, Floyd Leo Foster, Fred Edward Foster and Richard Lee Foster and one sister, Imogene Irene Mills.
Joanna and her husband Howard were former members of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Lamar and had the blessing of helping to establish and be a part of building this church. She had been a member of the First Baptist Church of Lamar for the last several years.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at Daniel Funeral Home with burial to follow in Barton City Cemetery.
Contributions are suggested and made payable to the donor's choice in care of Daniel Funeral Home.
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#6 Oklahoma City, OKSusie Keepper 2020-06-05 03:54
My heart goes out to the family. I always enjoyed talking with Joann when I went to church with my dad, Carl Arft. Karen, I miss seeing you and hope you are well.
#5 Lamar, MO.Harvey & Lorraine Vi 2020-06-02 20:02
Joanna was a sweet lady. We always enjoyed visiting with her and Howard. The last time we saw them was at Cracker Barrel about a year ago. So sorry she is gone now, but know she is with the Lord now. The hope to see her again some day is so good! God Bless you all as you transition to life without her in it!
#4 RE: Joanna Rae SmithBonnie Foster 2020-06-02 15:30
I just saw where there would be services held today for Joann so sorry I didnt see them or I would have been there. Joanna and I shared a lot of good times together when I came to your house. Also Betty would have loved to seen you too. Shirley called last week and said she was bad but that was the last I had heard. I didn't think there would be services with all the virus stuff but would have been there had I known. Again sorry I missed . Thoughts are with you. Bonnie
#3 Sheldon MoLena Kleeman 2020-06-01 19:51
So sorry to hear about Joanna's passing. Such a sweet lady.
#2 Wyandotte, OkLori Parker Gibson 2020-05-31 16:19
Joanna was one of the sweetest ladies, always greeting you with a smile ans a conversation, beautiful inside an out. Prayers and hugs to her entire family
#1 Lamar, MoGail Hamilton 2020-05-31 03:52
Peggy I’m so sorry to read about your momma’s passing. She looked like a very strong woman, I truly believe that is where you strength from. Know she is in the eternal presence of our Lord and Savior. Please know I am here for you if you need to talk, Much Love my Sister in the Lord.

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