Janet Mae Smith, 97, passed away March 3, 2023 at the Otterbein in Cridersville, Ohio. She was born on September 13, 1925 in Canton, Ohio to John and Florence (Henson) Koehler who preceded her in death. On September 30, 1944 she married Richard E. “Dick” Smith, who preceded her in death on December 18, 1969.
Janet was a 1943 graduate of Marion Harding High School. She was a lifelong member of the First United Church of Christ. In her younger years she served as a Girl Scout Leader. During that period of time she enjoyed bowling, golfing, was a member of the Jr. Child Cultural League and Creators Guild. She and Dick enjoyed square dancing and ballroom dancing.
After Janet retired from National City Bank, she was a volunteer for Twig III at the Marion General Hospital gift shop and volunteer at the Palace Theatre. She and her sister Betty enjoyed line dancing with the Senior Center Dancers. Janet enjoyed playing cards with friends at Seton Square.
Survivors are her daughter, Cheryl Bailey of Wapakoneta, OH., 3 grandsons, Nathan (Terri) and Sean Bailey of Wapakoneta, OH., and Kipp (Ayaka) Hendricks of Osaka, Japan, 5 great grandchildren, Brandon, Makenna, Makayla, and Payton Bailey, and Yayoi Hendricks, along with many nieces & nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Carolyn Hendricks, brother, Robert (Margaret) Koehler, sister, Mariam (Don) Miller, Sister, Betty (Bill) Craven, sister-in-law, Celesta (Charlie) Shore, brother-in-law, Lester (Barbara) Smith, son-in-law, Brent Bailey, and granddaughter, Nicole Bailey.
Friends may call at the Boyd Funeral Home on Friday, March 10, 2023, from 12:00 Noon until 1:00 PM. A graveside service will be held in the Marion Cemetery on Friday beginning at 1:30 PM with Rev. Nathan McBeth officiating. Donations in Janet’s name may be given to The First United Church of Christ, 930 Harding Memorial Parkway, Marion, OH. or because of Janet’s love for the Palace Theatre in Marion, memorial contributions may be made payable to Marion Community Foundation, 504 South State St., Marion, OH. 43302 for the benefit of the Marion Palace Theatre Perpetual Care Fund.
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