Joyce D. Smith, a longtime Social Security Administration clerk and a kidney transplant survivor, died Sunday of pneumonia at Mercy Medical Center. The Gardenville resident was 55.
Joyce Dorothea Douglass was born in Baltimore and raised in East Baltimore. She was a 1970 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School.
She was a teacher's aide at Coppin Elementary School before going to work in 1972 as a clerk at Social Security Administration headquarters in Woodlawn.
Mrs. Smith, who was working at the SSA when she died, had won numerous citations and awards for her work, including a 30-Year Award.
Mrs. Smith enjoyed collecting CDs, cooking and entertaining, and visiting Atlantic City, where she liked playing slot machines.
Family members said Mrs. Smith survived a kidney transplant seven years ago.
She was a member of New Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 3300 Elmora Ave., where services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow.
Surviving are her husband of 38 years, Robert Dennis Smith, a Maryland correctional officer; two sons, Robert D. Smith Jr. and Ransom Smith, both of Baltimore; two brothers, Bernard Douglass Jr. and James Douglass, both of Baltimore; and three sisters, Myra Johnson, Patricia Douglass and Doris Johnson, all of Baltimore.
Frederick N. Rasmussen