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Janice Smith
Janice SmithYellowRoseJanice Smith 85, of Richwood, died peacefully Wednesday afternoon, January 23, 2019 at home. Janice Eileen Smith was born January 15, 1934 to the late Hazel (Ross) and Glen Bevis. She was also preceded in death by sister Carolyn Goins and granddaughter Camma Rees.

Jan was a 1952 Marion Harding High School graduate where she wrote the song for her class song. Jan received an Associate degree from Marion Technical College. She worked as a payroll specialist at the Marion Technical College for 20 years, retiring in 1996. Jan was a longtime, dedicated member of the Marion Grace Church.

She married Berkeley (Bud) Smith on September 21, 1952 and they have enjoyed over 66 years of marriage. Her husband, Bud survives, also surviving are their children: Yayon (Stephen) Chapman, Apex NC; Pam Dell, Reynoldsburg; Sean (Sandy) Smith, Mt. Victory; Wendy (Scott) Kirkpatrick, Hickory NC; Grandchildren: Tom (Kelly) Rees; Jerusha Rees; Stephanie (Jimmy) Baughan; Patricia Kirkpatrick; Clinton (Terri)Chapman; Tristan ( Melissa) Kirkpatrick; Great Grandchildren: Ariel, Brianna, Lucia, Tessa, Mitchell, Vincent, Malachi.
sister: Carolyn(Ron)Goins of Green Camp

Jan was a person of faith and served in various church ministries over the years. Her work as Youth director, member of the Church's choir and eventually Choir Director allowed her allegiance to the Lord to be expressed in Christian service work. Jan enjoyed various hobbies which included such events as: Singing in a Christian music group called the Just Us Singers where she learned playing a guitar and later learned to play the hammer dulcimer instrument that added to her love for music; Caring for the family pets of cats, dogs, horses, chickens and goats that reflected her love of animals; Reading over the years which characterized her as an avid reader of many different genres of books; Expressing her creative artistic skills in painting, sculpting, drawing, and even teaching art skills.

Funeral services will be held Monday January 28, 2019 at 11:00am at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home in Richwood, Rev. Stephen Chapman will officiate, burial will follow in the Claibourne Cemetery, friends may call at Sunday from 2-5 pm at the funeral home in Richwood.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Marion Grace Church Missions, 2813 Gooding Rd, Marion, OH 43302

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#1 from: Pam McCloud Endsley
Fri, Jan 25, 2019 at 3:59 PM

Bud:  I’m sorry for your loss of Jan. May God be a source of comfort during this difficult time. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

#2 from: The Rev. Nicholas R. Taylor
Colorado Springs, CO
Fri, Jan 25, 2019 at 4:54 PM

Dear Bud and family,

I remember when the family ran the old Moore's Store in Richwood, now so many, many years ago. I believe Bud and Jan worked there with Bud's parents.  It is difficult saying goodbye to loved ones, but we live on believing we will see them again.  Condolences to the family at this time of loss.

Nick Taylor
RHS Class of '65  

#3 from: Barb Jones
Fri, Jan 25, 2019 at 6:06 PM

So very sorry for your loss.  

#4 from: Peggy Hendrickson Nelson
33175 fields Rd Rich wood
Fri, Jan 25, 2019 at 6:38 PM

I remember living in Rich wood they lived down the street from us when we was growing up her and bud was always very kind to us and Jan drove school bus with my mom they always asked about how my mom Jo Hendrickson was doing very nice people

#5 from: Julia and Don Thogmartin
Seabrook Island, SC
Fri, Jan 25, 2019 at 9:14 PM

You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

#6 from: Judy Nickel
118 S. Clinton St. Richwood, Oh 43344
Fri, Jan 25, 2019 at 9:52 PM

Dear Bud and family and everyone else who loved Jan so very much,  So sorry for the loss of your beloved wife, mother, grandmother, best friend, teacher, Great Grandmother, wonderful disciple of the Lord and everything else that Jan was,  May God wrap His loving arms around each one who loved Jan so very much and give you comfort, love, peace, calmness, and understanding!  Jan was a wonderful, loving friend!  God Bless each and everyone one of you!

#7 from: Renetta and Rona Penix
Fri, Jan 25, 2019 at 10:24 PM

Our sincere condolences in the loss of you loved one, may our fond memories bring you comfort in sorrows times.  Knowing she is with the Lord our God is a blessing for you all, Prayers!

#8 from: Bobb Swihart
Indian lake Ohio
Fri, Jan 25, 2019 at 10:39 PM

Sorry for your loss prayers many great memories with Jan

#9 from: Natalie (Swihart) Spears
Marion, Ohio
Sat, Jan 26, 2019 at 12:14 AM

Sending you all love and prayers for strength and comfort.  

#10 from: Julia and Don Thogmartin
Seabrook Island, SC
Sat, Jan 26, 2019 at 12:57 AM

You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

#11 from: DeeAnn DeBolt Payne
Sat, Jan 26, 2019 at 6:31 AM

ah, praise the Lord! there is no doubt where Jan is now and I believe Mabel DeBolt will be there to greet her!!

#12 from: Elma Parish
Sat, Jan 26, 2019 at 7:40 AM

Jan and Bud has been a friend for many years, Jan never ceased to tell me how much she loved me. It was through Jan where I came to love goats, she taught me how to milk them I really wanted a milk goat but Hal said we did not have a place for one. We bought three Nubian Weather goats (castrated) who she named Tom, Dick and Harry. I have only Tom and Harry now. I thank Jan for my goats who now weigh around 150 lbs.  (I have an Amish man who keeps asking me to sell them to him) I know where they would end up. Jan and Bud also gave me their donkey who I also love, they love saltine crackers which also learned from Jan. When Jan would finish milking she would give her goats a saltine cracker, they always looked forward to them. I shall miss my friend so very much the only comforting thing is I know she is home with the Lord. Tell Hal I said hi Jan

#13 from: Ginger Wright
Kokomo In
Sat, Jan 26, 2019 at 10:42 AM

I will forever hold the wonderful memories of my dear friend in my heart. Our standing line to each other was “ we could always go to Pittsburg”. A gentleman at the Sakvation Army factory where we sang had told us that he could book us there. To just say the word. It was a blessing to call her and Budd my friend. I love each of her children too.

#14 from: Beverly Sekella
Belle Center, OH
Sat, Jan 26, 2019 at 11:07 AM

Dear Bud and family,
     With deepest sympathy and love to you in the passing of Jan. She was a beautiful lady and a friend to many.

Beverly (Waters) Sekella & family

#15 from: Joseph Payne
Mundelein, IL
Sat, Jan 26, 2019 at 12:58 PM

Yayon and Family, I will never forget how your Mom and Dad opened their home to us as teenagers. The memories of the Just Us singers are some of the best of my teenage years. I also remember many spiritual discussions around your kitchen table. They always had a way of keeping us focused on the Lord. May the Spirit of Jesus guide all of you through this difficult time. Joe

#16 from: Janet Somerlot
1146 Stitt St    Wabash IN 46992
Sat, Jan 26, 2019 at 1:02 PM

To Steve and Yayon, It seems just like yesterday we shared those times as the Just Us Singers. Yayon, I remember your mother learning to play the guitar and all the practices we had at your house.  I know God will help you through this time and will be praying and thinking about your entire family through the coming days. Sincerely, Janet Somerlot

#17 from: Jane Boyer
Sat, Jan 26, 2019 at 4:45 PM

Sincere sympathies for the family.  Jan was a welcoming and loving person.

#18 from: Glena Savage
Sat, Jan 26, 2019 at 7:34 PM

Dear Bud and Family,
How my heart aches with you at our loss of precious Jan. What a blessing to have known and loved her. Please know that I am lifting you in prayer for His Peace that passes all understanding.

#19 from: Marcie Davis Patton
Sat, Jan 26, 2019 at 8:34 PM

Bud, Yayon and the entire Smith Family, So sorry to hear about Janice's passing.  She was truly an inspiration to all who knew her.  Hold your dear memories close to your heart and share them with one another.  May God Bless and Comfort you through this difficult time.
Sincerely, Marcie and Steve Patton

#20 from: Ken and Charlotte Suda and Family
509 W Pinto Dr, Edelstein, IL 61526
Sun, Jan 27, 2019 at 1:07 AM

Dear Bud, so very sorry to hear about Janice.

One of the things we looked forward to when back in Ohio was to touch base with you and Jan at family gatherings.  She was a strong and determined lady who worked to keep family ties together.  We have the same Ross great grandparents, our mothers were sisters and growing up we lived about two blocks apart.  As our families grew and moved to different parts of the country, she, my sister Fran, and now my niece Robin kept the Suda-Phelps and the Bevis-Smith families in communication.  She will be missed by many and loved by all.

#21 from: Christine Holzer-Halla
Harwood Heights Il
Sun, Jan 27, 2019 at 2:49 PM

Dear Bud and Family,
Our sincere condolences on the loss of Jan.
I remember the times we spent in Ohio as kids. Just a couple of city girls having fun with their cousins. The lazy days, the car rides (always singing), the giggles at nighttime, the camping trips, the animals...so many delicious memories.
Please know that we love you all and know how much she will be missed. Love Chrissy

#22 from: Teresa Rockenbaugh
Richwood, ohii
Sun, Jan 27, 2019 at 8:12 PM

Prayers for your loss of your wife and mother...so many fond memories of her as my bus driver..Her contagious never- ending smile would make anyone she touched feel so welcome.  She was a beautiful person inside and out.
John 24:1-3
"Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My father's house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am."

#23 from: Gina Carey Greig
St. Louis, MO
Sun, Jan 27, 2019 at 11:36 PM

Our hearts go out to the each of you for the loss of Jan.  We each had wonderful memories of the times we shared together over the past years.  Soo many good times at the house, my brother Doug and me, singing, mom and Jan with their horses, Sandra with the younger ones.  God Bless!  Sincerely, Myron, Mary, Doug, Gina and Sandra Carey

#24 from: Bill and Pam Sidle
marion ohio
Mon, Jan 28, 2019 at 10:33 AM

So sorry to hear of your mother's passing.  You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.  Bill and Pam

#25 from: Elizabeth Payne
Mundelein, iL
Mon, Jan 28, 2019 at 10:52 AM

Dear Bud and family,
Within my generationally challenged family (wide age gap between siblings) Bud and Janice were the ones who we knew best. This ever generous,kind and compassionate couple invited us in to their family life. Janice was my cousin but was of an age where her children were my age. My older sister Chris and I spent time in the vastly fasanitating country. For two little girls from the city it was always an adventure shared with Yayon and Pam and later on with Sean and Wendy.
I meet by husband because of your ministry to the youth in your community and thereby my children and grandchildren are also a result of your open hearts and open coffee pot in a kitchen where regular guests to your home had their own coffee cup and an open ear awaiting them.
No one needs to tell you that Janice's faith was strong but that she and Bud strengthened that faith within so many others and always touched our hearts with G-d's love and grace.

With great hopes of meeting her again while worshiping within the Court of the Gentiles in the New Jersusalem,
'Till then with love, 'Lizbeth

#26 from: Fred Smith
Mon, Jan 28, 2019 at 2:05 PM

Bud and family,I send my condolences for your loss
Cherish the memories of Janice

#27 from: Michael Halla
Colorado Springs
Mon, Jan 28, 2019 at 4:22 PM

Dear Bud and Family,

Sandy and I are very saddened to hear of Janice's passing. We will always remember her as such a vibrant, strong, yet easy to visit with personality. Although as a "distant" cousin our visits were infrequent, her friendly warmth and nostalgic memories always made the years since our last meeting seem like no time at all. We know she will be dearly missed, but fondly remembered.

#28 from: Bill Temple
Mon, Jan 28, 2019 at 4:25 PM

Dear Bud and family i  have many memories of the times i spent with Jan. They all bring me to point that her guidence and voice in my life were special to me. It’s thease that i will miss , my condolences to your family .

#29 from: Tammy Blumensheid
Alexandria OH
Mon, Jan 28, 2019 at 7:42 PM

Dear Bud and family, So sorry to hear about Jan's passing. I have very fond memories of her at MTC and remember her singing at Jim and my wedding. So thankful for her testimony and the hope we have as Christians. I will be praying for you and the family. Tammy

#30 from: Steve & Clarissa Amstutz
Thu, Jan 31, 2019 at 7:20 PM

Steve, Yayon and family,
Sorry to read about Jan's passing, we spent many mornings in your house in Richwood practicing guitar for the Just-us-Singers, that's where I really learned how to play guitar. I have many fond memories of those days.

#31 from: Christine Perkins
Fri, Feb 1, 2019 at 8:12 PM

My fondest memories of my childhood was with Jan, Bud Yayon and Steve.  Jan was often the parent I never had and became my friend.  She was fierce, bold, loving and blessed by God.  I miss all of those times, and my memories are now my strength.  Jan thank you for being a Blessing in my life, say Hi to my mom and dad, I will see you in heaven.
Christine Perkins

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