Joyce Smith Mott



Joyce Smith Mott, 83, died at home on March 12 with family gathered around her. Joyce's loves were her family, friends, books, music and her choral experiences of 72 years. She never met a person she couldn't engage in conversation, and always seemed to find a common bond as well as some amazing coincidences!



Her parents, Byron Dame Smith and Hazle Leavitt Smith, were from the coast of N.H. Joyce was born in the Wollaston section of Quincy, Mass., and graduated from North Quincy High School in 1941 where she was active in music, drama and other organizations.



Joyce attended The University of N.H. continuing to entertain professionally on the marimba, as she had in High School and was the first woman admitted in the UNH band.



In 1944, she married Ensign George Ellis Mott. They raised their family in East Brunswick, N.J. where she was head librarian for the New Brunswick Home News. She was active in the Unitarian Universalist Society in East Brunswick. She sang in many choruses with performances in Carnegie Hall. At the conclusion of her husband's career in media, they moved to Southern Oregon in 1979.



They had a family vineyard above Sam's Valley from 1980-1990 known as Evans Valley Vineyard. They retired in Ashland where she volunteered at the Bartels Library and local Respite Centers until her health prevented it. Her husband Ellis died in 1995. In 2005 Joyce moved to Inverness, Calif. where family members lovingly cared for her until her death.



Joyce leaves four offspring; Melissa Stowe, of Ashland, Ore., Kristin Rebecca Mott, of Oakland, Calif., Hannah Drake Mott, of Inverness, Calif. and Nicholas Clark Mott, of Tacoma, Wash. She had 10 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her beloved parents, and husband, brother, Merrill Greenough Smith and by her Aunt Elzina and Uncle Bill Elliot of NH.