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“The very 1st face I can put to this loss, she seemed lovely & is off to the garden. Peace to all & know there are blessings. SC is a nice place. ”
1 of 23 | Posted by: Kent Gain - Dover, FL

“We're honoring her as a health care professional who has succumbed to COVID-19http://hcpmemorial.org/2020/03/29/jo-ann-stokes-smith ”
2 of 23 | Posted by: Tami Askren - Ashland, OR

“We are sorry for your loss. JoAnn was a lovely person the one time when we met her. Our prayers are with the family. ”
3 of 23 | Posted by: Pat and Carrol Epting - NC


4 of 23 | Posted by: Sharon Frazier - Greenville, SC

“I never got a chance to meet Mrs. JoAnn however I know how special she was to my Mother-in-Law. She spoke very highly of her as did my husband Chirs ...Read More »
5 of 23 | Posted by: Paula Sauer - Summerville, SC

“JoAnn was a dear friend & we shared so much. I will miss her sense of humor. My condolenses go out to her family. Toni Johnson ”
6 of 23 | Posted by: Toni johnson - Charleston, SC

“I am sad to learn of our friend JoAnn's passing. For decades, she was a special friend to many of us at the Unitarian Church who admired her spirit...Read More »
7 of 23 | Posted by: Carol Furtwangler - Charleston, SC

“I first met JoAnn as a member of the Unitarian Church in Charleston about 20 years ago, and as a devoted member of the 'EdenKeepers' group that...Read More »
8 of 23 | Posted by: Sam Cogdell - Charleston, SC

“She was absolutely one of my favorite residents during the time that I worked at The Palms. My thoughts and prayers go out to Joanns family during...Read More »
9 of 23 | Posted by: Ashley Alexander - Friend

“As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends. ”
10 of 23 | Posted by: Rusty and - Friend

“Bill and Sarah I'm so sorry for your loss and extend my condolences to all of your family , May your mom Rest In Peace ”
11 of 23 | Posted by: Angie (Guffin) Rabon - SC

“I was sorry to hear of JoAnn's passing; I remember her as having strong convictions around Women's Rights, especially in the workplace. I hope all of...Read More »
12 of 23 | Posted by: Hillary Hutchinson - Charleston, SC


13 of 23 | Posted by: Hillary Hutchinson - SC

“JoAnn was a dear friend for a long time. She was of the first to welcome me to Charleston in 1987. She had a unique personality which my two sons...Read More »
14 of 23 | Posted by: Gayle Sauer - Summerville, SC

“I was saddened to learn of JoAnn's death. Family gatherings through the years gave me a chance to get to know her.. She was fun to be around and...Read More »
15 of 23 | Posted by: Johnsie Smith - Surf City, NC

“I am so sorry to hear of JoAnn's passing. She was a loving member of church for so long. All my love to the family. ”
16 of 23 | Posted by: Amy Ball - Charleston

“I am very saddened to hear of Joann's passing! I met her a Curves where she was a very unique and interesting person! We quickly became friends! Her...Read More »
17 of 23 | Posted by: Tammy Wright - Port Charlotte, FL

“So sorry to hear of JoAnns passing. We were classmates at Columbia Hospital .school of Nursing. Saw her at one of the last Nursing reunions. Gave...Read More »
18 of 23 | Posted by: June Aull Metze - Edgefield, SC

“JoAnn was like a big sister to all of her nieces and nephews. Her tomboy ways and daring actions entertained us growing up. She was always a...Read More »
19 of 23 | Posted by: Janice Poteat - Yorktown, VA

“Tony and I were saddened to learn of Joann's passing. She certainly left a hole in the hearts of many. We salute her brave and meaningful life. We...Read More »
20 of 23 | Posted by: A friend

“We are so sorry to hear that our dear former neighbor has passed away from COVID-19. Tim just came out of retirement to help at Roper since his...Read More »
21 of 23 | Posted by: Marcia & Tim West - Mt. Pleasant, SC

“May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. ”
22 of 23 | Posted by: A friend

“Ray and I send our deepest condolences to the family. Love, Ellie Setser ”
23 of 23 | Posted by: A friend


JoAnn Stokes-Smith (Mary JoAnn Stokes), 87, of Charleston, South Carolina, widow of Isaac David Smith, Jr., a resident of Harmony at West Ashley Assisted Living facility, entered into eternal rest on Friday, March 20, 2020. She succumbed to SARS-CoV-2, a pandemic coronavirus and condition referred to as COVID-19 by the World Health Organization. She was placed in isolation during her final days. Due to social distancing recommendations by authorities, a memorial service has been deferred. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. West Ashley Chapel.

JoAnn was born January 29, 1933 in Sumter County, SC, daughter of the late Henry Carison Stokes and Carrie Lou Elizabeth Westbury. She was a Nurse Practitioner having worked at the Charleston County Health Department, SC Department of Juvenile Services, and MUSC for over 30 years. She received her nursing degree from Columbia School of Nursing in 1955 and many years later received her BS in Nursing from Columbia College.

She is survived by her two sons, Donald "Don" Stokes Kilpatrick, MD (Carol) of James Island, SC and William "Bill" James Kilpatrick (Sarah) of Summerville, SC.

She is also survived by her grandchildren Brittany Kilpatrick Epting (JP), Christopher Kilpatrick, Austin Kilpatrick, Emily Hairfield (Benjy), and Ashley Strange (Paul) and great grandchildren Taylor Katherine Strange, Hudson Lane Strange, and McKenna Grace Hairfield.

JoAnn loved to travel and covered much of the globe. She was "JoJo" to her family and will be remembered for her wry sense of humor, her fervor for Women's rights, and her devotion to environmental issues. She also loved gardening and was especially fond of hummingbirds, the pictures of which decorated her home. For many years, she attended the Unitarian Church in Charleston, where she served in various capacities.

A special thanks to the heroic staff at Roper and Saint Francis Hospitals for their outstanding and compassionate care.

Memorials may be made to the ETV Endowment.