Joy Ann Smailes

| December 11, 2020

Joy Ann Smailes, 90, of Coshocton, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020. She was born on Dec. 30, 1929, near Dresden. She was the daughter of the late Carl and Doris (Schumacher) Fulks.

On September 12, 1954, she married Francis Smailes who passed away in September 2006. Joy graduated from Jefferson High School in Dresden in 1948 and Muskingum University in 1952. She was a teacher in Cambridge City Schools and River View School District.

Joy was a member of the Warsaw United Methodist Church, Coshocton County Retired Teachers, Ohio Retired Teachers Association, and Delta Kappa Gamma, Omega Chapter. She was also a Jennings Scholar.

She is survived by two daughters, Dru (Chad) Barger of Canton and Cindy (Joe) Wright of Newcomerstown. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Robyn (Scott) Steinmetz and Jody (Michael) Murphy of Canton, Jamie (Matthew) Swigert of Coshocton, and T.J. Wright of Columbus. She has five great-grandchildren, Cecilia and Maxx Swigert, Dane and Nora Steinmetz, Claire and Baby Murphy due in May.

Due to the pandemic, private services will be held for the immediate family only. Given-Dawson-Paisley Funeral Home is serving the family.

The family requests no flowers. Please make memorial donations to the Coshocton County Animal Shelter/ HATTA, 21755TR 164, Coshocton, Ohio 43812 or to Warsaw United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 37, Warsaw, Ohio 43844.

The family would like to give a special thanks to the Community Hospice Truman House. Joy’s former seventh grade student, Nurse Angela showed extra kindness and compassion.

An online memorial can be viewed at

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