She was born on June 15, 1930, in Otisville, MI, to Myrtle and Lemuel Smith.
Joan graduated from Otisville High School in 1947.
On November 8, 1947, Joan married Donavon Kidd.
Joan was a talented homemaker and had several careers during her long life.
In 1968 Don and Joan moved to Vanderbilt, where they owned and operated Kidd’s Redwing until 1979. Joan then worked for Ford Hardware in Gaylord for many years.
Upon retirement, Don and Joan wintered in Zephyrhills, FL. After Don’s passing in 1995, Joan continued to live in Florida until returning to Gaylord in 2004.
Joan had many hobbies, including cake decorating specializing in wedding cakes, and sewing and upholstery work. She loved creating gifts for her grandchildren. Joan enjoyed big band music and dancing, trips to the casino, playing cards, entertaining family and friends, and traveling. Family was most important to her. she raised six children teaching them life lessons through scouting, skating, camping, fishing, hunting, sledding, and snowmobiling.
Joan is survived by her children, Janice (Bill) Heidel, Deborah (Butch) Dunham, Mary (Bob) Woodhouse, David (Rhonda) Kidd, and Thomas (Stephanie) Kidd; grandchildren, Dale (Tammy) Heidel, Tamera (Jack) Jones, Denise Gilling (Todd Menard), Aaron (Cassidy) Dunham, Cristopher (Melissa) O’Rourke, Anthony O’Rourke, Jessica O’Rourke, Adam (Erin) Goff, Kathrine Woodhouse, Ernest Woodhouse, Brittany Kidd, Ashton Kidd, and Grayson Kidd; 12 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; brother, Wayne Smith; sisters, Lorraine Clark, and Darlene Sears; sister-in-law, Gloria (Stanley) Kasper; brother-in-law, George Kidd; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Don Kidd; children, Donavon and Rebecca; grandson, Zach Kidd; brother, Ron Smith; and sisters, Lois Dunman, and Joy Grainger.
A Celebration of Life will take place at the Nelson Funeral Home on Monday, September 20, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday, September 20, 2021, from 1:00 p.m. until the time of services.
Burial will take place at Smith Hill Cemetery in Otisville, MI, on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, at 3:00 p.m.