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St George Catholic Church
Saturday April 7th, 2018
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Janice M. Smith


Janice Melba (Baclesse) Smith, age 87 of Linn, passed away Monday, April 2, 2018, at Westphalia Hills.

Janice was born on February 6, 1931, in Crook, Missouri, a daughter to the late Alby and Mattie (Monroe) Baclesse.

Janice attended school in Linn and later received her GED.

On February 7, 1948, she was united in marriage to Perry Edward “Smitty” Smith in Linn.  He preceded her in death on October 5, 2017.

Janice was employed at Linn Manufacturing Company, Green Gables Restaurant, McGraw-Edison in Jefferson City, Missouri Department of Revenue and retired from Missouri Department of Education in 1993.

 Janice was a member of St. George Catholic Church in Linn.

Janice enjoyed cooking, singing, blue grass music, dancing, working with her flowers, going to auctions, word puzzles, and scratch off lottery tickets.  She loved her dogs, her frequent drives with Perry in the country and telling jokes to her family and friends.

Janice is survived by: four sons, Alan Smith and his wife Cathy of Koeltztown, Greg Smith and his wife Beverly of Linn, Kent Smith and his fiancé Kelli Todd of Linn, and Brad Smith and his wife Donna of East Prairie, MO; two daughters, Vicki Ponder of Iberia, and Bridget Leivian and her husband Edmond, Jr. of Linn; two brothers, Alby Baclesse, Jr., of Mexico, MO and Joy Baclesse and his wife Genrose of Mexico, MO; one sister-in-law, Doris Kirk of Fulton: 21 Grandchildren, many great and great great grandchildren along with several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and spouse, Janice was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Wayne Ponder and a great grandson, Collin Colvin.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at St. George Catholic Church in Linn. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 3:30 p.m. with Fr. Daniel Merz officiating.  Interment will be in the Linn Public Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to St. George Capital Campaign.

Arrangements are under the direction of Morton Chapel, Linn, Missouri (897-2214)  www.mortonchapel.com

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R.I.P. Janice no more pain or illness. Heaven received another Angel. She is in God House with Perry and so many family and friends. What a glories reunion that must have been.

Joanie and Kevin Apr 7 2018 12:00 AM

Janice was such a fantastic person to know. Such great memories of my time with her. So sorry for your loss. Pam Schepers Brauner

Pam Schepers Brauner Apr 6 2018 12:00 AM

Bridget & Family,
We are so sorry to hear about your Mom.After we moved to Bonnots Mill if Perry & Janice would be out on one their drives in the country & they would see us sitting out in the front yard they would never fail to stop and say HI to us. A lot of good memories sitting under that old tree in the front yard of the old farm house visiting with them. I am sure they are in heaven making pretty music together again! You all are in our prayers during this difficult time!

Ray & Lorie Leivian Apr 6 2018 12:00 AM

I loved visiting Janice and great Aunt Mattie when I returned to Missouri annually. My fathercalled Janice often before he passed last year. He loved those conversations. My heart goes out to you. Thoughts, prayers, love and hugs.

Marilyn Louise Malan-Jackson Apr 6 2018 12:00 AM

So very sorry to hear of this great woman's passing.

Debra Hausmann Apr 6 2018 12:00 AM

A Grandma's Garden Table Basket was ordered on April 5, 2018

Expression of Sympathy Apr 5 2018 12:00 AM

Your now home with the love of your life. I know you will be looking down over the kids and grandkids and great grandkids. You will be missed but they will always remember the good times and the laughter. God watch over this family and give them strength throught these hard times.
My sympathy goes out to the whole family. Bill and Donna (Hausmann) Morrison

Bill and Donna Morrison, Linn , MO Apr 5 2018 12:00 AM

Janice, you were a wonderful woman. You and Perry touched my life in such a positive way. Give Perry a hug for me when you see him. Thank you for your continued love and friendship over the years. You both meant so very much to me.

Christy Kremer Apr 4 2018 12:00 AM

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