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Jane Smith
  • November 21, 1946
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  • May 03, 2021

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Jane Ann Smith, 74, of Port St. John, FL, passed away at Cape Canaveral Hospital on May 3, 2021 from a sudden blood infection.


She is survived by her husband and companion of 32 years, Joseph L Smith, her two children from a previous marriage with Keith L Voigts who are a son, Michael Carl (Sheryl), a daughter Melissa Jane, and her 10 grand children: Natasha, Daniel (Natalie), Nikolai, Ruslan, Julianne (Cole), Maylee, Erik, Violet, Paul, and Zoe. She is also survived by her brother Daniel Paulsen (Roberta) and sister Cathleen Hopkins (Delayne) and many nieces, nephews, in-laws and cousins, including one special cousin, Terry Nelson, who was like a sister to her. She is preceded in death by her parents, Gerald and Faye Paulsen.


Jane was born November 21, 1946 in Reinbeck, IA. She graduated from Reinbeck High in 1965. She attended Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, IA for a year and in 1982 graduated from Harvey’s School of Travel in New Orleans, LA which launched her into a longstanding career as a meticulous travel agent, specializing in cruise travel. She was a travel agent for almost 35 years, which made sense because she loved to travel! She lived in several different places in the United States, with the bulk of her time spent in Iowa and Renton, WA, but she ultimately settled down in Brevard county Florida to be close to her daughter and grandchildren.


Jane had a personality that was larger than life. She loved everybody and never met a stranger. She smiled continuously and was game for anything, even riding wild roller coasters like The Hulk at Universal Studios in her 70s (she would do anything for her grandchildren!). She enjoyed her dogs and her friends and adored her family, and especially enjoyed her role as “Gram”. She was active in her church and was an enthusiastic and beloved classroom leader and Vice coordinator of American Heritage Girls troop FL0321. She enjoyed going to the beach with her husband, Joe, and made sure never to miss watching a rocket launch from her backyard. She enjoyed luncheons and dinner parties with her friends from Cape Canaveral. She loved technology and was frequently on Facebook and email, and loved sending little cartoons and GIF’s. She had a blast watching the Seattle Seahawks and the Iowa Hawkeyes on TV with Joe. She enjoyed her sports and played basketball in her freshman year of high school. Her claim to fame was making a hook shot from the corner right before half time of a JV game. That was one of her favorite moments from high school. Her sister Cathy kidded her about that for years! She very much enjoyed keeping up with her friends and family who live far away.


Jane’s faith was very important to her. She loved listening to Christian music and attending church and listening to her grandchildren’s prayers. She loved to sing, and sang on her church’s praise team when she lived in Renton Washington, which she enjoyed immensely.


Jane touched everyone’s life that she came in contact with. You couldn’t be exposed to her without being blessed by her.


A Celebration of Life service will take place at Rocket Town Church on June 4 at 2PM. In lieu of flowers, donations to AHG Troop FL0321 would be greatly appreciated, at Rocket Town Church.  Please specify “AHG, for Jane”.


Rocket Town Church 4525 Apollo Rd. Titusville, FL 32780.

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  1. Karen says:
    02 Jun 2021
    Jane will be missed. I can still hear her laugh, she lived laughing. Every summer when my zucchini crop comes in I think of her since she, Joe Princess & Duffy moved to Florida, Jane made the best zucchini bread. Hugs to her family

  2. Beth & Rick Galasso says:
    16 May 2021
    Oh what does one say. A beautiful friend and lady. Gone to soon. Jane was a very dear friend of ours. I will miss the football half time txting and phone calls dissecting each other’s teams. She was the most loyal Seahawks to the end. !! Not often u find a friend who loves the game of football as Jane and I did. I’ll miss those half times. Good buy Dilly Dilly friend , we love u. Find our Joe up there. Gone not forgotten. Love Beth and Rick

  3. Edith Blakeslee says:
    14 May 2021
    Jane will truly be missed by ys in Reinbeck when she would come home to visit her mom Faye. So much joy in her heart as she prepared soups for Mom. I called her my Mickey Mouse lady when she came to shop at Truncks!!! Continue to let her light shine through all of you. Big hugs! God bless you all. Edie

  4. Barb ❤️ Doug Foust says:
    13 May 2021
    We love you and miss you. Thank you for being such a great friend. Can’t wait to spend eternity with you!

  5. Missy posted an image:
    13 May 2021
    2 weeks before her illness (or was it one week?), during a visit from her sister. Her family was everything to her.
    2 weeks before her illness (or was it one week?), during a visit from her sister. Her family was everything to her.

  6. Linda Walker says:
    13 May 2021
    Loved Jane’s wonderful smile and her enthusiasm for life. She brought so much joy with her when she walked into a room. She was so always so much fun at PrimeTimers, especially at the September roundup when she always wore her western boots and cowgirl hat. I never saw her without a smile on her pretty face. She was an inspiration to everyone.

  7. Carol Steffen Wilson says:
    12 May 2021
    In commemoration of Jane Paulson Smith. ❤️

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