Janice Trumbull Smith, beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and aunt, passed from this life at the age of 77 on Saturday, December 11, 2021. Born on May 2, 1944, in Middletown, Connecticut, she was the daughter of the late Dr. Richard Trumbull and Alice McDaniel Trumbull.
Janice spent her life caring for others. After graduating from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School and the Lucy Webb Hayes School of Nursing at Sibley Memorial Hospital, she became a registered nurse, working in a variety of healthcare settings, including as Assistant Director of Nursing at the Grosvenor Health Care Center in Bethesda. In each role, she went far beyond the duties of the position, getting to know her patients personally and putting in long hours to ensure their needs were met. Janice’s was always a smiling face in the hallways. Colleagues, patients, and their family members always knew that they could count on her commitment and compassion. After completion of her nursing career, Janice enjoyed her time as part of the Yankee Candle, Wolf Furniture and Cracker Barrel teams.
Janice showed her love for family in so many ways, including her cooking and baking. She had several special dishes, but most remembered will be the very special birthday cakes she crafted with great love and enormous creativity. Other hobbies included gardening, painting, knitting, crocheting, and writing poetry. Janice, throughout the years, frequently used her creativity and sewing skills to fabricate costumes for her loved ones’ school plays and fun at Halloween. She obtained her love of music during childhood, listening to her mom singing at home and her dad singing in the church choir. She greatly enjoyed her time in junior high school chorus with her sister Joanne. Janice was part of the choir at North Bethesda United Methodist Church, where she also taught Sunday School classes. Janice very much enjoyed rooting for her Redskins and Green Bay Packers.
Janice is survived by her sisters, Judith Townsend, Joanne Titus, and Joyce Setzer; her son and daughter-in-law William and Christina Smith; her daughter and son-in-law Jennifer and Eric Kearns, six granddaughters/husbands, Kristin Dearman (Garrett), Janice Musser (Brad), Rebecca Murrell (Ryan), Rachel Kearns and fiancé Cody Swigart, Katherine Kearns, Caroline Kearns; three great grandchildren, Peyton Dearman, Braden Dearman and Oliver Musser.
A funeral service is scheduled for Friday, December 17, 2021 at the Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in Urbana, Maryland, with visitation beginning at 11 am and funeral service beginning at 12 noon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.com , one of Janice's favorite charities.