She was born on August 24, 1933, in Union City, Indiana, to the late Joseph L. and Mabel T. (Foreman) Collins.
In addition to her parents, Janice was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald D. "Smitty" Smith, whom she married on February 1, 1969; her sons, Joe Best on November 1, 2017, and Steve Smith; her sister, Patsy Shiverdecker, her brother, David Collins.
They owned and operated Smitty's Appliance Service in Greenville for over 30 years.
Janice is survived by her children, Ronnie (Jeanne) Best of St. Paris, Ohio; her daughters, Bonita (Tom) Schlechty of New Madison, Ohio, and T.K. (Jeff) Reigle of Greenville, Ohio, and Dan Smith of Greenville; her daughter-in-law, Denise Best of Arcanum, Ohio. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Jason Best of Vandalia, Ohio, Casey Best Helmer of Greenville, Hayley Buirley of Loveland, Ohio, Chelsea (David) Mann of Miamisburg, Ohio, Haedon (Destiney) Schlechty of New Madison, Ohio, Shawn (Alisha) Best of Piqua, Ohio, Dusty (Megan) Best of Springboro, Ohio, and Josh (Becky) Best of St. Paris, and several great grandchildren. Janice will be sadly missed by her grandchildren, and niece Shirley (Darrell) Howard of Greenville.
A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family at Greenmound Cemetery in New Madison.
Memorial contributions may be given to State of the Heart of Hospice, 1350 N. Broadway Street, Greenville, Ohio 45331
Online condolences may be shared with Janice’s family by visiting www.tributefuneralhomes.com.