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Janice Laverne Smith

Janice Laverne Smith, age 83, of Pine Ridge, Arkansas died February 17, 2021, at her home. She was born on Sunday, November 14, 1937 to Benjamin Clarence and Georgia Ellen Richardson Ray in Lampasas, Texas.

Janice was a lady of faith and love for her family. She was a member of the First Freewill Baptist Church in Mena. Janice enjoyed sewing and quilting, painting and doing crafts. When they lived in Oregon, she was a member of the Quilting Guild. She loved her family and home that she made with her husband, Gene. Janice loved to listen to gospel music and her favorite group was the Gaither Vocal Band. Janice was a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend and will be missed by all who knew her. She is preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Nelda Green.

Janice is survived by her loving husband, Gene Smith of Pine Ridge; two sons, Michael Smith of Austin, Texas and Robert Smith of Valley Springs, Texas; two daughters, Julie Ringstaff of East Tawakoni, Texas and Kandy Daughtery of Bullard, Texas; two brothers, Bill Ray and Sam Ray of Burnett, Texas; ten grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren; several nephews and nieces and a host of other family and friends.

Services will be held at a later date with cremation services entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Alzheimer’s Disease Research, 22512 Gateway Center Driver, Clarksburg, Maryland, 20871 or phone 855-345-6237. Online donations to

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