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Janice E. Smith, age 85, of Byron Center, passed away on Monday, May 13, 2019.  The daughter of Lynn E. & Eva E. (Gibbon) Dupree, she was born on July 1, 1933, was a graduate of South High School and attended Kendall College of Art & Design. 

Janice was a life long artist, creating many cards, signs and objects, saying “Another Jan Smith Original”.  She owned and operated a ceramic floral studio in Cascade, met her best friend, Joyce Bolt, while working at a book bindery, and drove bus for GRPS.  She enjoyed her many friendships with an independent sense of humor.

On April 23, 1986, she married Billy Smith, who preceded her in death.  Survivors include a step-daughter, Sandra Jennings;  a step-son, Billy Smith, Jr.;  a special niece,  Lynda Nash; as well as nieces Peggy Ledbetter, Julie Zerbe, and Jennifer Lee;  and a nephew, Gary George.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 25, 2019, 12:00 Noon at Woodlawn Cemetery, 2530 Kalamazoo Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, 49508.

Honoring her wishes, cremation has taken place. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Janice’s online guestbook or share a favorite memory, please visit: 

Arrangements were entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.


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  1. Gabriel Jennings on May 13, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    Love you Jan

  2. Sandra Jennings on May 14, 2019 at 9:01 am

    You were one of the few people I’ve met who lived life on your terms. I cannot imagine how you could have stage 4 cancer for more than three years and not take pain meds because you didn’t believe in it. I loved your positive mental attitude. You never held onto any ill feelings. You were the first person to instill in me about living a healthy and natural lifestyle. I so miss our Saturday breakfasts and talks about life. You impacted my life in a unique way. I’ll never forget you for that. I love you. Sandy

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