HARTFORD CITY – Janet E. Smith, 74, of Hartford City, passed away on Friday, March 28, 2014, at home surrounded by her family.
She was born in Fort Wayne on May 3, 1939, to Leonard J. and Martha Jane (Hanley) Douglas.
Janet graduated from Central Catholic High School, Fort Wayne, in 1957. She attended Ball State University, Muncie.
She married Joseph M. Smith on July 25, 1958, in Fort Wayne.
A homemaker, Janet was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Altar-Rosary Society and helped at the New to You Shop.
She was a founding member of Cancer Support for Blackford County and was currently on its Board of Directors. She was a facilitator for Angels of Hope Breast Cancer
Support Group in Blackford County and a member of Bosom Buddies Breast Cancer Support Group in Muncie.
Janet was vice president of Indiana University
Health Blackford Hospital Auxiliary, volunteered in the Auxiliary gift shop and served on the Medical Scholarship Committee for Blackford County.
She also co-chaired the Survivors Committee for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life for many years and volunteered for the Red Cross Blood drives.
Janet's mission in life was to be the best wife and mother she could be and to be a friend to many and often a lifeline to local residents who received a cancer diagnosis and needed support all while she was fighting her own battle.
Surviving are her husband, Joseph; one daughter Lora Smith; three sons, Chris Smith, Curtis Smith and Brett Smith; three grandchildren, Zackarrie Smith, Cameron Smith and Nathan Smith; two brothers, Robert Douglas and Joseph Douglas; one sister, Sharon K. Ball.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Dave Newton at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 2, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 209 S. Spring St., Hartford City.
Friends may call on Tuesday, April 1, from 3 to 8 p.m. at Waters Funeral Home, 501 W. Washington St., Hartford City. A Christian Wake Service will be at 3 p.m. on Tuesday.
Memorials may be made to Cancer Support for Blackford County with envelopes available at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.watersfuneralhomes.com