Smith, Janet

January 13, 1932 ~ November 5, 2023

SMITH, Janet Ethel – Age 91, formerly of Sombra Township passed away on Sunday, November 5, 2023 Riverview Gardens Long-Term Care, Chatham. Daughter of the late Harvey and Marion (nee Brown) McLaughlin. Beloved wife of 57 years to the late Stanley William Smith (2008). Loving mother of Wayne (Lori) Smith, Lou Anne (Keith) Terry. Sadly missed by grandchildren Alex (Mary) Smith-Plasterer; Tori Smith (Rick Hardisty), Chris (Kortney) Terry and Kevin (Ashleigh) Terry. Beloved GG of Henry and Arlo; Margot; Kaydence, KC and Karter-Rose; Everett, Smith and Emilia. Dear sister of late Bill and Linda McLaughlin, late Don and Shirley McLaughlin, late Jessie and Murratte Mundy, late Bob and Marge McLaughlin, Gloria (late Joe) McLaughlin. Dear sister-in-law of Dorothy (late Calvin) Gonyou, Margaret (late Garnet) Thibault, Marguerite (late Jim) Smith and the late Betty and Glen Bullock. Also missed by her many nieces and nephews.

She was the very best Mom, grandmother, great grandmother, and scrabble player (even if she refused to get with the times and accept many of the two letter words more recently added to the scrabble dictionary!) She was kind and generous and strong. She was exceptionally hard working and extremely talented – she never met a craft or fibre art that she couldn’t do. She was hilarious and had a great (sometimes inappropriate) sense of humour that she kept until the very end. We love her so much and will miss her more than words can say.

Friends will be received at STEADMAN BROTHERS FUNERAL CHAPELS, Brigden on Saturday, November 11, 2023 from 10am until the time of the service at 12:00pm. Tim Brown officiating. Interment to follow at Duthill Cemetery.

Sympathy may be expressed through donations by cheque to Heart and Stroke Foundation (, Canadian Breast Cancer Network (, Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation ( or charity of your choice.


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  1. My condolences to Janet’s family. She was my neighbor in H.C. 106. She was an awesome neighbor. And from what I read, an amazing person. I’m sorry I didn’t take my opportunity to get to know her better.

  2. Lou Anne and family!
    So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. It is never easy saying goodbye. May she rest in peace.

  3. To the Smith family sorry for the lose of your mom. She was a great lady with a good sense of humor and funny. She will be missed. You’re in our prayers

  4. So sorry to hear of your loss. Sending you hugs and love. To both Wayne and family as well as LouAnne and family.

  5. Condolences to the Smith Family, a lot of good memories to cherish. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Dennis & Shari Robinson

  6. She was the BEST Mother in Law a girl could ever ask for. I am so grateful to have known Janet and even more grateful for the amazing Grandmother she was to my girls.

  7. Our deepest sympathy on the loss of Aunt Janet. Thoughts and prayers are sent with love. Colleen and Peter.

  8. So sorry to hear about your mom! She was always a joy to be around! Jerry and I remember all the good times your mother and dad, Uncle Russ and Aunt Marguerite, and Jerry and Mary had when they got together! I remember the crafts and scrabble games your mother and Aunt Marguerite had! Donna Arnold also sends her condolences!

  9. Lou Anne , Wayne and families. Our sympathy at Janet’s passing. A great lady , the last of a long line of McLaughlins.
    You have written a wonderful obituary.

  10. Lou Anne, Keith ,Wayne and Lori. Your Mom was a one of a kind person. Who was always ready to help out with anything you needed. She loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren like no other. Know that she is at peace now taking care of Stan. God bless her