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.