Obituary: Joan James Pollard Smith-Vaniz, former long-time resident
Joan James Pollard Smith-Vaniz, a resident of Stamford and a former longtime resident of Darien, died on Tuesday, April 7, at Edgehill Health Center in Stamford.
Born on April 7, 1925 in Leominster, Mass., she was the daughter of the late Reginald Flint and Ruth Mildred James Pollard. She was 90.
Mrs. Smith-Vaniz graduated from high school in Wareham, Mass., in 1943. She received a BA degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, in 1949 and a degree as a library assistant from Norwalk Community College in 1979. She worked for the Boston, Mass. public library and the Fairfield public library.
She also volunteered with the Darien Red Cross Blood Drive for 35 years, Planned Parenthood and Person-to-Person. She was also president of the Women’s Auxiliary at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, a member of their choir and on the Vestry Outreach committee.
She is survived by her husband, William Reid Smith-Vaniz, Jr.; four children, Alison Smith-Vaniz of San Diego, Calif.; William Reid Smith-Vaniz III, of Sudbury, Mass.; Thomas James Smith-Vaniz of Rodez, France; Jane Elizabeth Smith-Vaniz of Litchfield; and five grandchildren, and a brother, Richard James Pollard of New Jersey. She is predeceased by two brothers, Alan Pollard and Roger Pollard.
A service will be held on Saturday, April 18, at 2 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 1864 Post Road, Darien.
Memorial contributions may be made to Person-to-Person, 1864 Post Road, Darien, 06820.