Janet E. Smith

Janet Smith, 57, of Grain Valley died at home Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015. Jan had a kind and generous heart and was loved by family and friends. She was known as Mama Jan to many. She was preceded in death by a son and widowed twice. She is survived by children Kirbi Hampton and Zachary Smith, both of Grain Valley; grandchildren Jake and Riley Hampton; her mother, Annie Rosemann of Florida; a sister, Jo Anne Lawson of Florida; and many relatives and friends. A celebration of her life will be 5-8 p.m. Saturday at 2215 N. Liberty, Independence, Mo. Cremation.


  1. Dorothy stafford on August 12, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    Hi kirbi just wanted you to know once again how sorry I am for the loss if your mother. But what an inspiration she has been to me. Jan has experienced such sadness in her life that no one should have gone through in an entirety but she always got up and lived life . I met jan through Terri and loved her immediately. Please know you are in my prayers constantly I continue to enjoy your posts on Facebook and I believe you have your mothers spirit because you appear to be as uplifting and amazing as your mother was.
    May God continue to bless you and your family
    With warmest regards Dorothy

  2. Elisa Gharst on August 12, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    God bless and prayers for the family. I know she was loved by many! I had the pleasure of having her as my client before she was diagnosed. We shared some laughs together! It’s always hard losing a loved one, but even harder knowing she loved many herself, and touched so many hearts! It was thoughtful of her to leave letters to her kids and grandchildren. RIP Jan.

  3. Cecilia Grimm on August 12, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    Kirby and Zack, your Mom was one of the strongest women I’ve ever known. She endured more than she deserved, and raised three beautiful children. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May our loving Father wrap your family in his arms providing comfort at this time.

  4. Jami Morris on August 12, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    I met Jan Through my friend Shelia. She was always so nice to me.Its so sad she been threw so much. Heaven is getting a very nice person. I’m so sorry for her family and friends lost.

    R.I.P Jan

  5. Terri and Izzy Lou on August 13, 2015 at 6:11 am

    My sweet Java Lou. I will miss you so very much. We had great times together that I will cherish.
    Kirby and Zachary, my thoughts and prayers are with both of you through this time of sorrow.
    Izzy wants to send her condolences. She loved you all while she was with you.
    Java, I want to thank you for allowing me to take Izzy. What a gift you gave me. I will always have a part of you with me as long as I have Izzy.
    Rest in peace my friend until we meet again! ????

  6. Sandy SPRUELL on August 13, 2015 at 11:27 am

    So sorry to see this Joann!! She is a beautiful lady! ! So happy you got some special time with her! Prayer’s for you and your mom!!

  7. Shelia Lewitzke on August 13, 2015 at 11:51 am

    My heart goes out to Kirby ,Zach and grandchildren and her family. I was proud and blessed to call her my best friend. She is an awesome lady. She will be missed by many her beautiful smile and heart were huge. Love you sunshine.

  8. Nadeene on August 13, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    Deepest Condolences to the entire family. Jo Anne, sisters are so special and I am so sorry you have lost yours. Please know that I am thinking of you & your family.

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