Janet Ann Smith


Janet Ann Smith, 85, Oblong, passed away on Nov. 18, 2020. She was born in Bellair, Ill. on April 5, 1935. Janet was the daughter of Herbert Elliott and Ruth Baker. Janet graduated from Oblong Township High School in 1953. On Oct. 8, 1953 Janet married the love of her life Ocie V. Smith Jr. who preceded her in death. Ocie and Janet created a beautiful farm and family together. They worked side-by-side on the dairy and grain farm for more than 60 years. She was a masterful cook and enjoyed feeding her family and farmhands especially during hay and straw season. Janet was a lifelong member of Central United Methodist Church in Oblong. She was a member of the United Methodist Church Women’s Axillary, the Order of the Eastern Star, and served as an election judge for many decades. Janet’s pride and joy in life were her six grandchildren and later seven great grandchildren. You could find Ocie and Janet traveling to every concert and sports event for the kids; she lovingly cross-stitched baby quilts for her grandchildren. Janet was an avid collector of antique irons, loved game shows and crossword puzzles, and was a champion bowler in multiple leagues. Janet and Ocie loved driving around town on their golf cart and traveling to antique tractor shows. They spent winters in Daytona, Fla. where they enjoyed cruising, dining out, and long-conversations on the porch. Janet is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Ocie III and Diana Smith and Mike Smith, all of Oblong; a daughter and son-in-law, Lori and Greg Dart, Oblong; six grandchildren, Nick and Jessica Dart, Oblong; Ashley and Greg Glaub, Batesville, Ind.; Kylie and Dustin Veach, Oblong; Garrett and Brandi Dart, Willow Hill; Danielle and Connor McCoy, Hutsonville; Elliott and Katie Smith, Broad Ripple, Ind.; 7 great grandchildren, Mallorie and Wesley Dart, Oblong; Addison and Lucas Glaub, Batesville, Ind.; Mason and Maddox Veach, Oblong; and Gavin Dart, Willow Hill; sister and brother-in-law, Martha and Don Lewis, Oblong; sister Jo Flarity, Omaha, Neb.; brother and sister-in-law Chuck and Donna Baker, Oblong; and two brothers-in-law John Larrabee, Oblong; Jerry and Marilyn Smith, New Kent, Va.; and several nieces and nephews. Preceding Janet in death were her husband, Ocie V. Smith Jr.; mother, Ruth Baker; father, Herbert Elliott; mother-in-law, Dorothy Smith; father-in-law, Ocie V. Smith Sr.; brothers, Max Elliott and Larry Baker; sisters-in-law, Vivienne Ackman and Helen Larrabee; brother-in-law, Carol Ackman. A private family celebration of Janet’s life will be held on Nov. 23, 2020 at Pulliam Funeral Home and burial service will follow in Oblong Cemetery. The family requests that any expressions of sympathy take the form of a contribution to either the Oblong Tractor and Engine Club or Oblong Sports Boosters with envelopes at or mailed to Pulliam Funeral Home, P.O. Box 121, Oblong, IL 62449. Condolences and or memories may be sent to the family at oblongfuneralhome.com.