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Janice Marie Smith 1942 - 2022
Janice Marie Smith

Janice Marie Smith, 79, passed away on Aug. 15, 2022, at Hays Medical Center, Hays, Kan. She was born on Oct. 1, 1942, at Great Bend, Kan., to Vernie and Aldeen (Morgret) Cates. On March 6, 1965, Janice married Gary Smith in Great Bend. He passed away on May 11, 2021.

A life-time Great Bend resident, Janice graduated from Great Bend High School in 1960. Prior to retirement, she worked as a bookkeeper at Gibson’s Discount Center, Anthony’s Clothing, and Golden Belt Home Health and Hospice. She was a member of Encounter Church and loved crafting.

Survivors include two sons, Michael (Jo) Smith of Great Bend, and Christopher (Stephanie) Smith of St. John; two sisters, Judy Bullard of Great Bend and Sharon Cates of Topeka; ten grandchildren, Presley, Delaney, Addison, Hallie, Dakota, Alyson, Hunter, Ava, Elizabeth, Andrea; four great-grandchildren, Rylie, Zayne, Laney and Molly; and a daughter-in-law, Dee Ann Smith of Hoisington. She is preceded in death by her husband; a son, Gary “Bubba” Smith; step-son, Ricky Smith; brother, Dale Cates; and nephew, Daniel Cates.

There will be no visitation as cremation has taken place. Graveside Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 19, 2022, at Hoisington City Cemetery, with Pastor Dwight Dozier presiding. Memorials have been designated to Gary "Bubba" Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund, in care of Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, PO Box 146, Hoisington, KS 67544. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at

Funeral arrangements provided by

Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home

P.O. Box 146 

Hoisington, KS 67544

Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Aug. 17, 2022