Joanne Frances Smith-Brown was born on April 17, 1953 in Blacksburg, SC. In grade school her family relocated to Rhode Island, where she graduated from Central High School. Early on, Joanne recognized education as her passport to life and received a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Johnson & Wales University, followed by a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Rhode Island. Joanne served as a Probation Officer with the Rhode Island Department of Corrections. She recognized the injustices that exist in the world and did her part to improve them.
Joanne was a sweet compassionate soul. She was well known for her amazing smile and the laughter she shared with friends and family. She was a daughter, sister, aunt, friend, and colleague. However, her proudest role was being a resilient, patient, and wonderful mother to her two children and a warmhearted grandmother to her one and only granddaughter.Joanne was a planner and was often quoted saying, “It’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.” In addition to some of her favorite past times of sewing, collecting dolls and teapots, and shopping for antiques, Joanne could also be found honing her green thumb. She enjoyed traveling, especially taking road trips to the south to visit family.
Joanne was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. Eric Smith and Mrs. Willie Frances Galmer-Smith of Blacksburg, SC. She is survived by her children, Jacob Brown and Joanne Debrah; Granddaughter, Renina Wynn. Brothers; Grady Eugene (Evelyn) Smith, Joe Lewis (Jeanne) Smith. Sister; Kathy Elaine Smith, all of Providence, RI. Nieces; Danielle Smith, Fabienne and Natacha Smith, and Cevondra Thompson. Nephews; Stanley Jean, JL Smith. Great Niece; Maverick Searight. Great Nephews; Quincy Searight and Makari Thompson.
Visiting Hours will be at the A.A. Mariani & Son Funeral Home, 200 Hawkins Street, Providence, Friday April 22nd, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM, followed by a service at 12:00 PM. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Groden Network, 610 Manton Ave, Providence, RI 02909.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever. - Psalm 23