Janet Downing Smith

February 20, 1934March 2, 2019

Mrs. Janet Mae Downing Smith of Greensboro, NC passed away in her home surrounded by family and loved ones on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the age of 85 of natural causes.

Janet was born to Roland Hugh and Amy Beatrice Knapp Downing on February 20, 1934 in Conneaut, Ohio. She was the youngest of three sisters. She attended Rowe High School and graduated in 1952. On January 24, 1953, at the age of 19, she married her high school sweetheart, Charles Edward Smith, who survives her. They had just celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary. Janet was predeceased by her parents and sisters, Beatrice Louise Taylor Atkins and Jean Amy Downing Loomis.

In addition to her husband Charles, Janet is survived by her four children: Scott Charles Smith, wife Helen and their children Teresa Katherine Smith Porter and Phillip Scott Smith; Timothy Lewis Smith, wife Laura and their child Julia Alexandra Smith; Katherine Beatrice Smith Sears, husband Warren and their children James Alan Sears and Ashley Kathryn Sears; Charles Edward Smith, Jr, wife Jennifer and their children Emily April Smith and Sarah Elizabeth Smith.

Janet’s career was bookkeeping and office management with most of her career as a Bookkeeper at Northwestern Bank in Greensboro and Winston-Salem, and as an Office Manager in the Finance Department at Guilford Technical Community College. She had a gift for organization and management, and that was demonstrated in her professional and personal life.

Janet said her greatest joy was being with her children and family. She loved the outdoors and visiting the Blue Ridge Parkway, especially in the autumn. She enjoyed playing her organ, knitting, taking care of her houseplants, painting, eating popcorn while watching her favorite Hallmark movies, and was an avid reader. She loved lilacs, roses, and springtime when the forsythia, crocus and daffodils were blooming. In her younger years, she was an excellent cook and baker, and loved feeding her large family. She was known for her Christmas cookies, spaghetti sauce, and macaroni and cheese all of which brought smiles to her family.

On Sunday, March 10, there will be a private service for the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, to whom the family would like to offer thanks, especially to nurse Meagan Sutton, for Janet’s excellent and compassionate care over the last few months. The family would also like to thank Susan Gellerson and Jenean Herbin of Griswold Home Care of Greensboro and Mandy Caudle of Encompass Health for their compassionate and loving care of our parents.


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Janet Downing Smith

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