Janice P. Smith, 77, of McMillan, died Thursday morning June 11, 2020 at Helen Newberry Joy Hospital.
Born November 3, 1942 in Sault Ste. Marie, daughter of the late Benjamin and Rhea (Klein) Harriman, Janice moved to Newberry at a young age and was a 1960 graduate of Newberry High School. Janice attended Lake Superior State University receiving a Registered Nursing degree in 1976. Janice was employed at the former Newberry Regional Mental Health Center for over 20 years until her retirement in 1992. A longtime resident of McMillan, Janice was an active member of the McMillan United Methodist Church and the ladies bible study. Her love for the outdoors was evident in her beautiful wildlife paintings along with fishing and hunting. Janice was the proud holder of 37 consecutive years of the Michigan Successful Deer Hunter patches. She also enjoyed reading, gardening, knitting, crocheting, sewing and baking. Her award winning pies will be fondly remembered by all family and friends. In addition to her parents, Janice is preceded in death by her step father Tom McBride, sister Gertrude Crisp and her first husband William Rintamaki.
Survivors include her loving husband of 37 years, Emerson Smith, of McMillan; children Mary (Frank) Neumayer of McMillan, William Rintamaki of Jamul, CA, Lisa Shilling of McMillan and Crystal Smith of Negaunee; 11 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren; siblings Tom (Claudia) McBride of Arizona, Linda (Mick) McKenzie of Kalamazoo, Cathy (Mike) Pilon of Newberry, Terry (Lisa) McBride of St. Louis, Missouri, Tim (Cyndi) McBride of Newberry and Fran (Mark) McBride-Campbell of Montana; several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held Friday June 19, 2020 at 10:00 am at the Columbus Township Cemetery in McMillan. Memorials may be directed to the McMillan United Methodist Church Women’s Club in her memory. Condolences may be expressed at www.beaulieufuneralhome.com. Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.