AUBURN — Joan Smiley, 87, of Wilton, passed away peacefully July 20 at the Hospice House in Auburn where she had been a patient for four days. She was born on Oct. 5, 1929, the daughter of Eleanor and Frank Scott. She graduated from Wilton Academy, attended Westbrook Junior College, and worked for many years as a teller at Key Bank in Wilton, formerly Depositors Trust. She married Philip Smiley on Sept. 8, 1950; he died in 1988.

Her family was her greatest joy. She was a fun-loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who loved gathering with family at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and birthdays. She loved a big lobster feed and was always the last one finished because she savored every morsel. And ice cream: She loved her fudge-swirl ice cream! She and her mother used to enjoy taking day trips to the ocean and walking on the rocks. She enjoyed her flower gardens, crossword puzzles, and especially loved watching Tom Brady and the Patriots.

She was predeceased by her parents, husband, and her brother Robert (Bobby) Scott. She is survived by her children, Becky and her husband, Rick, Michael and his wife Jeanne, and Lynn and her husband, Darrell. She has six grandchildren: Kelly, Nathan, Nora, Jeff, Scott and Eliza, and nine great-grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank the staff at the Hospice House for helping us through this process and keeping her comfortable, and we give special thanks to the staff at Pinewood Terrace, where Joan lived for the last 10 months, for their loving care. We also want to thank two very special caregivers, Priscilla and Penny, who cared for her in her home for several years before she moved to Pinewood. Condolences and tributes may be shared on her memorial wall at

Joan Smiley

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