Joyce Lucille Gerttula Vinson Smith died April 20, 2020 in Longview, WA. at the age of 92.
She was born in Astoria, OR. on Nov. 26, 1927 to Jalmar and Lucy Gerttula. She grew up in Brownsmead on Long Island farm. She graduated from Knappa High School in 1945.
She married Verne Vinson on June 16, 1946. They lived in Knappa where she was a homemaker raising her four children, Judy, Janet, Dennis and Douglas. She was active in Immanuel Lutheran Church where many enjoyed her beautiful singing voice.
Verne died on March 4, 1978 and she later married Ron Smith in 1982. They enjoyed their many friends and traveling together. Ron died in May 1997. She later moved to Astoria. She will be remembered for her great cooking, especially her incredible family meals. She loved family gatherings at her home. She also loved gardening and her yard was always very beautiful with her many flowers.
She is survived by her daughters Judy (Dave) Taylor of Bend, OR.; Jan (John) Garbutt of Astoria, OR. and her son Dennis (Kathy) of Astoria, OR. She is also survived by her sister Carol Beil of Orange, CA. She will be missed by her 7 grandchildren, 9 great grand children and 1 great great grandson.
Joyce was preceded in death by a son Douglas Vinson, brothers Gene Gerttula, Dick Gerttula her twin brother Gordon Gerttula.
The family is very appreciative of the wonderful care Joyce received at the Canterbury Garden Memory Care in Longview, Wa.
In Lieu of flowers donations can be made to Astoria Loaves and Fishes or The Brownsmead Grange.