Janet E. Smith

Janet E. Smith

Janet E. (Okeson) Smith, 83, died Saturday, June 23, 2018, in Elizabethtown, Ky.

She was born Oct. 27, 1934, in Sabetha, to Samuel A. Okeson Jr. and Alice L. (Sawyer) Okeson. She attended Spring Grove Country School at Fairview. In 1946, the family moved to Sabetha and she graduated from Sabetha High School in 1952.

On June 8, 1952, she married Vernon D. Smith of Morrill. To this union, two daughters were born — Beth Caruso and Claudia Smith. In September 1952, they moved to southern California, where they lived for more than 28 years. In 1980, Vernon retired from the California National Guard, and they both went to work for a civilian contractor at Fort Irwin, Calif. They built a home at Hinkley, Calif., and lived there for 33 years. In July 2013, Janet moved to Elizabethtown, Ky., to be near her grandchildren.

Janet was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Vernon, in 2006; her daughter, Claudia, in 2009; and her daughter, Beth, in 2010; and son-in-law Joseph Caruso, in 2013.

She is survived by two grandchildren, Roxanna Huffer and Robert Caruso; three great-grandchildren, Ryan and Austin Huffer and Jaysen Caruso, all of Elizabethtown, Ky.; two sisters, Virginia Snyder of Clearwater and Ruth Kellenberger of Sabetha; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Inurnment was in Elizabethtown, Ken.

The Sabetha Herald 7/4/2018

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