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Obituary for Janet May Smith

Janet May  Smith
September 15, 1938 – December 18, 2022

We are heartbroken to announce the passing of our mother, Janet May Smith of Ross Haven, formerly of Edson and Grand Cache. She was surrounded by her loving family, as she transitioned out of this world and crossed over to begin her next journey.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Arlene (Lanny Chudyk), Beverly (Brad Semotiuk) of Edmonton, Jason of Ross Haven and Denise (Darren Drury) of Grande Cache; seven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren; siblings, Alva (George) Long of Calgary, Joan (Tom) Shelton of Vernon, Sharon (Doug Acorn) of Grande Cache, Dennis (Betty) of Hinton, Leonard of New Westminster; and Doug (Sandi) of Wildwood; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her loving husband of 39 years, George (1997); brothers, James, Wilfred, Jack and Robert; sisters, Catherine and Donna (Les) Brindza of Edmonton.

Janet was born to Mary Bell and John James McNaughton in Edson, AB and grew up with twelve siblings. She married George Smith in August of 1958, and together lived in Edson for 17 years, raising four children. They moved to Yellowknife, NWT in 1975 and lived there for a brief period of time.

Janet’s passion in life was her family; she was a homemaker most of her life, but she worked briefly cleaning the airport near Grand Cache while she and her husband George lived in Muskeg. Janet remained in Ross Haven after George’s passing, working in various camps as an assistant cook up until her retirement.

George and Janet enjoyed many camping trips with their young children while living in Edson. They also enjoyed Sunday outings, whether it be a family drive in the country, or a Sunday spent picnicking near Peers, AB. The family spent many hours sitting around the firepit while camping, as well as at home. They enjoyed countless weiner roasts, a tradition that continued throughout the years with their children, their grandchildren and great grandchildren. Over the years Janet loved to spend time in her vegetable gardens and flower beds. She and her husband loved music, whether listening to the small transistor radio on top of the refrigerator or playing their many records on the stereo. Janet loved to dance and sing in the house when she was cleaning and cooking at home. When she had a little spare time on her hands, she would become completely engrossed in a good book.

Janet’s children will remember her as being a fun and loving mother who was a remarkable grandmother and great-grandmother. She had seven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. She would often joke around with her sons-in-law, who will miss their lighthearted banter.

Janet’s passing has devastated her family. However, her heartbroken children will find the strength to live on, with the many treasured memories they have made and hold dear.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff of the University of Alberta Hospital for their compassion and care.

Honouring Janet’s wishes, no formal service will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories.

Alzheimer's Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories

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