Kathleen R. (Smith) Joyal, 87, of North Smithfield, died September 19, 2022 in St. Antoine Residence. She was the wife of the late Joseph E. Joyal with whom she was married to for sixty years prior to his passing in 2018. Born in New York City, NY she was the daughter of the late Livingston and Ruth (Mowry) Smith.
Mrs. Joyal spent the first fifteen years of her marriage as a dedicated wife of a career military man, following him to a multitude of military installations. Following Mr. Joyal's retirement from the Air Force, they settled in North Smithfield, at which time, she had a long career working as a bank teller for Woonsocket Institution of Savings, Eastland Bank, Fleet Bank, and Bank of America, until her retirement in 1997. She was an avid reader who enjoyed her crossword puzzles. The highlight of her year was traveling with her husband, Joseph, in the Fall to visit family and friends. She was a communicant of St. John the Evangelist Church, No. Smithfield.
She is survived by her children, Donna Joyal of No. Smithfield, Carol Foisy and her husband, Robert, of No. Smithfield, James Joyal and his wife, Bonnie, of No. Smithfield, and Brenda Voas and her husband, John, of Oakland. She also leaves behind numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and a sister, Judith Smith of Tuscon, AZ, as well as, her beloved dog, Patches.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, September 23 at 11 AM in St. John the Evangelist Church, 63 Church St., No. Smithfield. Burial will follow in RI Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 301 South County Trail, Exeter. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Operation Stand Down Rhode Island at www.osdri.charityproud.org
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