Mary C. ‘Janie’ Smith

Mary C. ‘Janie’ SmithMary Catherine Smith, affectionately known as Janie, passed away suddenly on Oct. 9, 2019, in Ridgecrest.

Janie was born Oct. 24, 1951, in Trona. She was the sixth of seven children born to Mary and Leon Reeves, long-time Trona residents.

Janie was a 1969 graduate of Trona High School, where she was an honor student. She attended Fresno Community College before getting married and raising a family. She worked in the Trona plant for several years before being hired at Trona Railway, where she was well-liked and respected by her colleagues.

Janie had beautiful blue eyes, a lovely smile and a warm, vibrant personality. She had a sweet and sunny disposition which served her well throughout her entire life.

She is survived by her husband, Dennis Smith; daughter, Jacque Logston (Michael); son, Toby McCord (Catherine); stepchildren Shannon Verboncouer (Scott), Denice, Andrew and Christopher Smith; grandchildren, Chet Logston, Tyler and Bryson McCord, Grant and Max Verboncouer and Katelynn Logston; sibling Charlotte Biggs (Alan), and brothers Mike (Bessie), Rodger and Terry Reeves; and several nieces, nephews and cousins, including Mary Quinton who was like a sister to Janie.

Janie was preceded in death by her first husband, Ray McCord; parents, Leon and Mary Reeves; sister, Linda Carr; brother and sister-in-law, Fred and Carol Reeves; and nephews, Rick and Brian Reeves.

A viewing will be held Friday, Oct. 25, from 4-5 p.m. for family and 5-7 p.m. for the public at the H.K. Holland Memorial Chapel. Services will be held Saturday, Oct. 26, at 1 p.m., at Crossroads Community Church. Graveside services will immediately follow at Desert Memorial Park.

— Submitted by the family of Janie Smith

Story First Published: 2019-10-25