Janet Elizabeth Hoskings Smith
June 16, 1936 - April 21, 2021
Janet Elizabeth Hoskings Smith, 84, of San Diego, CA, passed away peacefully on April 22, 2021. Born at Mercy Hospital in San Diego on June 16, 1936, Janet was the only child to Mildred Price Hoskings and George Vernon Hoskings of Julian, CA. Her family resided in National City, CA, and she spent much of her free time with her cattleman/rancher father. They so enjoyed their cattle buying adventures together throughout Southern California and across the border in Mexico and playing "Pitch" at the Planter's Hotel in Brawley, CA. She was very proud that he was the largest supplier of beef to the Pacific Fleet during World War II. After graduating 9th grade from Francis Parker School (their highest grade at the time) in San Diego, she went on to complete her high school education at The Bishop's School in La Jolla, CA, followed by a business degree from Kelsey Jenney Business College in San Diego. In 1968 she returned to Francis Parker School as a member of their administrative staff and eventually moved into a full-time Administrative Assistant position second only to the school's Headmaster; and was involved in all operational facets of the school she held close to her heart for nearly 30 years. After retiring from Francis Parker, she partnered with Pamela & Raymond Volker as owners of the Warren-Walker School in the Point Loma neighborhood of San Diego. The trio soon expanded their operations to the Las Vegas area and opened a Warren-Walker campus on a patch of desert sand in Henderson, NV. Ever a trailblazer, Janet assumed the helm of Director at the PreK-12th grade Warren-Walker School/Green Valley, packed up her life and moved to the desert heat which she grew to love deeply. For another 20 years, she continued to devote herself to the world of independent education and held Warren-Walker, the little "school by the seashore," equally close to her heart. Though Janet's lifetime of working in schools truly was her hobby where she happily dedicated herself to educating children and fostering relationships with families, she also loved to travel (Europe was a favorite!), was an amazing cook and an avid antique collector, and enjoyed creating gorgeous, fresh-cut flower arrangements straight from her garden. Business ventures outside of her employ as a school administrator included ownership of an antique store in San Diego and a hotel in Glenwood Springs, CO. At various times throughout her life, she was actively involved in DOCA, PEO, ZLAC, and the San Diego Junior League.Janet was married to George Harvey Smith for 20 years and had four children, Jennifer, George, Amy, and Emily. Her children were her "pride and joy." Fondly known to the many members of her extended family as "Mama Smitty," she entertained and hosted many at her dining room table at her home on Bay View Court, where she excelled at cooking for ten or more but found it difficult later on to cook for ten or less! Whether it was feeding a "branding" crew, planning a birthday "trap shoot" on her family's cattle ranch in Julian, cooking dinner for an entire basketball team and their cheerleaders, celebrating New Year's with her popular, homemade doughnut parties, or hosting one of many Francis Parker's and Warren-Walker's annual holiday affairs, she pulled off each and every event with grace and flare. For many years, it could be difficult to get a seat at the table for her combined Friday night Taco/L'chaim dinners, but walk-ins were never turned away, and a good time was always inevitable. And for fifteen years, she was a super fan of her kids' volleyball, basketball, baseball, and softball games, rarely missing one competition even when Amy and Emily ventured off to play volleyball for Colorado College. She doted on her grandchildren and loved to travel with them - whether off to adventures in Colorado or camping trips in the front yards of their homes, she always enjoyed their company and gave them her undivided attention. They, too, knew that "Grammy" had high expectations of their grammar and table manners and tried their best to never disappoint!Janet is survived by her daughters, Jennifer Tee Smith Songer (Lonnie), Amy Marie Smith Hall (Philip), and Emily Christine Smith, grandchildren, Kody King, William Tee, and Lacy Queen Songer; Cooper Hoskings and Carter Brooks Hall. She was preceded in death by her son, George Hoskings Smith.A Celebration of Life followed by a reception will be held on Friday, June 18, 2021, at 10:30 am at Warren-Walker School (4605 Point Loma Avenue, San Diego, CA 92107). In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in loving memory of "Mama Smitty" to dementia research at www.acceleratemed.org/maureen-cardosa,
the Julian Historical Society (PO Box 513, Julian, CA, 92036), or the Gulls Nest! Fund to Endow Future Warren-Walker School students at www.warren-walker.com/giving
. The family of Janet Elizabeth Hoskings Smith wishes to thank everyone for their thoughtful consideration.