Joyce Crossan Smith of West Grove

Joyce Crossan Smith

Joyce Crossan Smith

Joyce Crossan Smith, 79, of West Grove, died Friday, April 22, at Chester County Hospital. She was the wife of Leedom “Smitty” Richard Smith, with whom she shared 53 years of marriage.

Born in West Chester, she was a daughter of the late Harry H. and Ruby G. (Robinson) Crossan.

She was a 1954 Graduate of Avon Grove High School and the Bourbon Beauty School.

Joyce was a licensed beautician and served 25 years as a rural mail carrier at Avondale Post Office retiring at age 65. She was a lifelong, active member of Avondale United Methodist Church.  She served in many positions including The United Methodist Women’s Group, choir, administrative board, trustee, and Bible School teacher.

Joyce enjoyed playing bingo, traveling on bus trips with her friends, and watching her grandson in sporting events and concerts. She was an avid Phillies fan. In her spare time she loved reading and doing word searches and other puzzles.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three daughters, Susan E. Smith, Linda S. Mitchell (Bruce) and Patricia J. Evans (William) all of Kennett Square; one grandson, Nicholas Evans; a step-brother Edward Bassett (Mary Ann) of Chadds Ford; half-sisters, Beverly Piskel (Ronald) of Nottingham, and Martha Burgess (Charles) of Newark, and many beloved nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a twin sister, Janice Marie Crossan; one brother, Richard E. Crossan; and two sisters, Anna Bess Daddario and Evelyn Neff.

You are invited to visit with Joyce’s family and friends from 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, April 27, at Avondale United Methodist Church, E 3rd St & Chatham St. Avondale, PA 19311. Her funeral service will follow at 11. Interment will be in Bradford Cemetery in Marshallton.  Contributions in her memory may be made to Avondale UMC, PO Box 114, Avondale, PA 19311. Arrangements are being handled by the Foulk & Grieco Funeral Home Inc. (610-869-2685) of West Grove.  To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, please visit

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