Jane Emmett Smith passed on from this earth peacefully on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at her home in Stockton, California. Eighty-seven years ago she was born in Colorado to Sam Tilstra, a dairyman, and Dena Tilstra, a homemaker. Her parents immigrated to the United States from Holland in search of a better life.
Jane spent her youth in Lockeford and then in rural Lodi, California where she attended elementary schools and graduated from Live Oak Elementary School. Wanting to graduate from Lodi High School, Jane moved to town and worked as a live-in housekeeper and nanny a few blocks away from the high school. Upon graduation Jane immediately found employment with the phone company, which was one of many jobs that also include Delta Sportswear and JC Penney's in Lodi and Northern Cold Storage and East Side Winery in Victor.
In 1947 Jane married Bill Emmett, built a house together in Lockeford and began their family. They lived most of their married life in Lodi. Jane was very proud of the boat they built together. Jane enjoyed camping and fishing with her husband and sons, Brad and Steve. A few years after Bill's passing Jane met and married Harold Smith in 1978. They enjoyed traveling with their RV and seeing the United States. Jane loved her family and enjoyed family time together.
Jane was preceded in death by her parents, Sam and Dena Tilstra, her three infant brothers, her sisters, Edith Isaaks and Tillie Isaaks, her first husband, William Emmett, her second husband, Harold Smith, her sons, Bradley Emmett and Steven Emmett, and her grandson, James Emmett. Jane is survived by her loving family, including her grand daughter, Jenell Emmett Gabriel and husband Ramon Gabriel and grand daughter Samantha Emmett, her great grand children, Alex Ramirez, Angelina Gabriel and Arabella Emmett, her nephew, Bill Huiras, step daughter, Nancy Smith and friends.
A graveside service for Jane will be held at 11 AM on Thursday, March 13, 2014, at Cherokee Memorial Park, Highway 99 at East Harney Lane, Lodi. Please sign the online guest book at CherokeeMemorial.com.