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Jeanette Agnes Smyth (Swank): 1939-2019


Last updated 5/22/2019 at Noon

Jeanette Agnes Smyth (Swank), born December 2, 1939, to Harold and Gertrude Swank in Anchorage Alaska, passed into heaven to be with Jesus May 7, 2019, in Lynnwood Washington.

Washington State was her home for 57 years. She is survived by husband Ron Smyth; her three children, Harold (Donna), Victoria (Shawn Wright) and Eric (Michelle Beeman); brother-in-law Doug Smyth (Marilyn); sister-in-law Leslie Straub; four grandchildren, Lauren (Jesse Glasel), Griffin (Chelsea), Langdon (Jonathan Galyean) and Fiona; and one great-grandchild, Mason.

Jeanette moved to Washington State in 1962 with her young family. She took great pride in her occupation as homemaker, and thrived in loving and raising her family.

Jeanette was always active, as a bookkeeper for Ron's Richfield Station in Edmonds, active in PTA, volunteering for years with the American Cancer Society, as registration volunteer for voting, Band Boosters for Woodway High School, and alter guild at St. Albans Episcopal Church, Edmonds.

She loved gardening, boating, camping, sewing, needlework, and especially enjoyed returning to Alaska to visit her "mama" and "daddy," aunts, uncles and cousins.

Jeanette always had an open door, an extra portion, and an open seat at the table for everyone in the neighborhood. She was full of life and joy, with arms always open and ready to hug; she always had a smile on her face and a giggle in her voice.

The daughter of a baker, she is famous for her ginger snap and peanut butter cookies, coffee cloud pie, and legendary sandwiches. She loved big band and swing music, and with a passion for musicals and show tunes, she whistled and could name and sing every song.

Jeanette loved Women's Aglow, and Bible Study Fellowship – she was a voracious reader, and loved to learn. She loved to take pictures, and was always present with a camera to record family moments. It's because of her that we have those photos to enjoy today.

Jeanette and Ron traveled to Europe and the Panama Canal, but one of the highlights of her life was her trip to Israel. She loved Jesus, and encouraged everyone she met to know Him as well. To Jeanette, a stranger was just a friend she hadn't met yet. She was genuine in her interest in others, and invested so much into family, friends, neighbors, and all children.

Our family is grateful and deeply appreciates Carolyn, Sam, Molly and Lilly for loving her as we loved her.

A celebration of life graveside service was held May 19, 2019, at Restlawn Memorial Park in Edmonds, followed by an open house at Beck’s Tribute Center in Edmonds. (www.beckstributecenter.com).


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