Joyce Ellen Raveau was born on March 11th, 1950 at Mt. Carmel Mercy Hospital in Wayne County MI. to her mother Marilyn Irene (Gordon) Smith and father Leo Melvin Smith Sr. Joyce peacefully departed this life on Tuesday, December 14th, 2021 at the age of 71 at Mclaren Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey.
Joyce is survived by her husband James Paul Raveau, her daughter Jacqueline Ballard, her grandchildren Jaceb Smith, Darian Ballard, and Stephanie Ballard, her great grandchildren Natalya Bailey, Grayson Speigl, Phoebe McGregor, and Veronica Burkhart and her sisters, Barbara A. Kadwell, Carol L. McMullen, Marilyn I. Snider, Margery I. Smith, Marie S. VanOrder and her brothers, Gerald O. Smith, James R. Smith, Douglas W. Smith. Joyce is preceded in death by her mother Marilyn Irene (Gordon) Smith, her father Leo Melvin Smith Sr., and her brother Leo Melvin Smith Jr.
Joyce had many accomplishments over the years. She was a 1968 graduate of Barrington High School. She went to college at Ferris State University where she achieved her 2 year associate's degree. She then went on to marry James Raveau on June 11th, 1983, at First Baptist Church in Boyne City, MI. After graduating college Joyce worked at Burns clinic in Petoskey from 1985-2002. Before retirement she co-owned J & J Transport with her husband James Raveau.
Joyce loved tending to all living things, mostly to her many poodles and her various gardens. She enjoyed spending her free time crafting projects to give to her loved ones as well as local charities, and attending her favorite church The Jordan Rivers with her daughter Jacqueline Ballard. She was truly an amazing and loving woman, wife, sister, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, she will be missed and remembered by many.
The family will remember her privately. Memorial donations or flowers may be sent to: 107 South B St, apt. #1, Cheboygan, MI, 49721. Any checks for donations can be made out to either of her granddaughters Stephanie Ballard or Darian Ballard to help with memorial expenses. Please share your memories and personal messages on her tribute wall.