JANE H. SMITH

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SMITH JANE HOLLAND SMITH Army wife and Volunteer. Jane Holland Smith, 89, a resident of The Fairfax, the Army Residential Retirement Community, died on June 2, 2013. Mrs. Smith was born on 15 December 1923, at Flushing, Long Island, New York, into a family widely known in journalism and the stage. Her father, George Holland, was for many years a reporter and featured columnist for the Boston American (Hearst) newspaper. Her paternal grandmother was for years the society editor of the Boston Post. One of her aunts was the wife of famed stage personality, George M. Cohan. As a child she lived in Florida and the Hollywood area, before her family settled in the greater Boston suburb of Newton, MA. She graduated from Newton High School in 1940, and in 1942, from the Katherine Gibbs School in Boston. She was a model for the Conover agency in New York City in 1944 - 1947. Although active as a photography model, her beauty and natural grace led to her being a sought after performer in fashion shows in New York City and Palm Beach. While in New York she met her husband (then) Army Captain Jeffrey G. Smith. They were married at Sacred Heart Church in Newton, MA, on June 2, 1948, exactly sixty-five years prior to her death. Except for two years while her husband was on unaccompanied tours in Korea and Vietnam during which she and her children remained with her mother in her Newton home, she and her husband and their six children, made their home at various Army Posts in the United States, Korea and Germany. She loved to entertain friends, family and the many official visitors in the late stages of her husband's active Army years. She was an indefatigable Red Cross hospital volunteer at the various posts at which her husband was stationed. When her husband, by then a lieutenant general, retired and the family settled in the Mount Vernon area of Fairfax County, she not only continued her Red Cross weekly volunteer work at the Mt. Vernon Hospital, she managed and participated in the "Meals on Wheels" program for Good Shepherd Catholic Church - one of the largest such programs in Fairfax County. An avid reader, she was an active member of her Book Club, but she most enjoyed her Bible studies both at the home of one her daughters and at Good Shepherd. Extremely devout, she made every attempt to be a daily communicant. Above all, she loved the members of her ever-growing family, keeping track of every birthday and giving generous gifts to birthday child and grandchild and great-grandchild. She is survived by her devoted husband, Lieutenant General (US Army Retired) Jeffrey Greenwood Smith, of The Fairfax, and her six children, Meredith Smith Exnicios (James), Jennifer Holland Smith, Brigadier General (US Army Retired) Jeffrey Greenwood Smith, Jr. (Deborah), Tracy Smith McDonald (Robert), Melissa Smith Deutsch (Geoffrey) and Ashley Smith Pollock. Also surviving are her 16 grandchildren, Andrew Exnicios (Lauren), Nicholas Meyer, Brooke Meyer, John Mix Meyer, Madeline Smith, Elisabeth McDonald, Kate McDonald, Robert McDonald, Taylor Deutsch, Ariel Deutsch, Burke Deutsch, Greer Pollock, Griffin Pollock, Conrad Pollock, Tate Pollock and Kane Pollock and her two great grandchildren, Lila and Lucy Exnicios. She is preceded in death by her sister, Nancy Holland Hall and two brothers, Reverend George Holland and Peter Holland. Jane will be buried in Arlington Cemetery, July 1, at 3 p.m. Family and friends will meet at 1430 hours at Arlington National Cemetery, with burial at graveside to follow. Jane will be buried in Arlington Cemetery, July 1, at 3 p.m. Family and friends will meet at 1430 hours at Arlington National Cemetery, with burial at graveside to follow.

Published in The Washington Post from June 22 to June 23, 2013
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