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Joanne Smiley Latimer

Joanne Smiley Latimer (nee Wietting), passed away at age 80 on December 15th, 2023, after a brief illness.  She was born August 29th, 1943 in Plainfield, IL, and graduated from Plainfield High School in the class of 1961.  She married Donald W. Smiley on June 2nd, 1962, and they raised their family in Plainfield. 

Jo Latimer

Jo enjoyed a long career managing the restaurant at Marshall Field’s Joliet and then as a travel agent, going all over the world as often as possible.  Don & Jo moved to Inyokern, California in 1998 after they retired, to be near their only child, Donna Smiley.  After 39 years of marriage. Don passed away in October 2001.   Jo remarried her widower Jack Latimer in 2003, and after 18 years, Jack also passed away in March 2021.  Besides her love of travel and welcoming everyone into her home for parties, Jo was active in many groups in Ridgecrest, CA  – – the Oasis Garden Club, PEO, WACOM, and volunteered as a docent at the China Lake Museum.

Joanne is survived by her daughter, Donna Smiley & son-in-law Erick Arceneaux of Inyokern, CA, sisters Carol Arns (WA), Nancy Hershaft (FL), Janet (& Jerry) Anderson (FL), Judy (& Jim) Long (IL), and brothers Harvey (& Mary) Wietting (MO) and Richard (& Linda) Wietting (FL), sisters-in-law Judy Smiley (IL) and Sue Girard (IL) as well as her Showerman family at heart (IL).

A celebration of her life will be held at her home in Inyokern, CA on Saturday, March 2nd, 2024, from 1-4 pm.  Family & friends are invited to stop by, enjoy some good food & drink, share some stories, and toast Jo.