Janice Langley Smith
Janice Langley Smith, 83, of Phoenix, AZ passed away on September 30, 2019. She died peacefully in her home with her two daughters by her side.
Janice was born on January 21, 1936 to George and Corrine (Pilcher) Langley in Atascadero, CA. She moved with her family to Sacramento in 1946 and graduated from Grant Union High School in 1953. She then attended The Sacramento Junior College School of Nursing where she received her nursing degree in 1957. She then enlisted in the United States Navy where she was commissioned and worked at the School of Aviation Medicine and Hospital in Pensacola, FL. Jan served in the Navy for seven years and was stationed all over the world including Key West, Pensacola FL, the Philippines, and Japan. Jan was also one of the first Navy nurses to actively serve on the USS Antietam air craft carrier where she was one of four nurses to render medical and humanitarian aid to victims of hurricane "Hattie" off the coast of Belize in November, 1961. After leaving the military in 1968, Jan moved to Santa Fe, NM where she began raising her two daughters and was very active in many charities and clubs. She then moved to Colorado Springs, CO and after 17 years of marriage, divorced and moved to San Jose, CA to be near family. Jan lived in San Jose for over 10 years where she put her nursing degree to work in the very demanding NICU unit with premature infants. Jan then moved to Phoenix, AZ in 1990 to be near her oldest daughter and grandchildren and continued working in neonatal nursing until she retired. Once retired from nursing she began working for the Kyrene School District in Ahwatukee as a crossing guard to where she could be seen directing traffic and safely escorting kids across busy Ray Road.
Jan was a very intelligent, cheerful, witty, stubborn, and a fiercely independent person who loved her family and friends. She loved animals and for many years could be seen walking her three dogs, Daisy, Buster and Dolly through her neighborhood. Jan supported and was a regular donor of the Arizona Humane Society for nearly 20 years. Jan enjoyed reading, drinking wine, cooking, going to the movies, playing her piano, visiting the zoo, and traveling to the Bay Area and Washington to visit her two daughters. Jan was a very active member in AFFAN, and enjoyed spending time with her good friends from her wine pairing group. Jan was also a member of the American Legion where she was recently awarded a medal for her service in the Navy.
Janice was preceded in death by her Father, George Christopher Langley, Mother, Corrine Pilcher Langley, and Brother Donald Kent Langley. Janice is survived by her sister Mary Langley of El Dorado Hills, CA, daughters Penny Edlund of Stevenson, WA and Tracey Quartaroli of Livermore, CA, 5 grandchildren, two nephews and one niece.
Funeral services will be held on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11 at 9am at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona at 23029 Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix AZ. 85024. Burial will take place immediately following. A brunch reception will be held at her home following these services.
Memorial donations can be made in lieu of flowers in Janice's name to the Arizona Humane Society at 1521 West Dobbins Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85041.
If sending flowers, please send to Valley of the Sun Mortuary at 10940 East Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler, AZ 85248 the day before her service (11/10) and they will be delivered to the cemetery.
Published on October 30, 2019

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