ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Janet Smoots 61 years old, born on February 18, 1959 and passed away on March 6, 2020. Janet is the wife to Kenneth Smoots. She is missed by her son's Kentaro & Nubian Smoots. Grandchildren Kamiko, Kentaro Smoots Jr. & Tadashi.
Sister, Karen Boyd and niece Gabby Gilder  
An exuberant woman she was hardworking, passionate, considerate and a force to be reckoned with. Surrounded by her loved ones in her last moments, we will remember her forever and always. 
Weep not for me though I have gone
Into that gentle night
Grieve if you will, but not for long
Upon my soul’s sweet flight

I am at peace, my soul’s at rest
There is no need for tears
For with your love I was so blessed
For all those many years

Janet's wishes were to not mourn her but celebrate her life. Janet's Celebration of Life will be held 
Monday, March 16, 2020, 5:00pm - 9:00pm at Jazz at Jacks, 
500 16th St Mall #320, Denver, CO 80202

Please take a moment to share your stories, photos, and memories of our beloved Janet. 




Posted by Roxanna Yates on March 29, 2020
Janet and I met at MLK recreation center. I enjoyed our time together. If we weren't laughing we were listening to each other. One thing I will remember is the love she had for family. Janet, thanks for your friendship. I'll miss you.
Rest in paradise❤
Posted by Kentaro Smoots on March 15, 2020
I lost the first love of my life. My backbone, my heart, my rock. You were the strongest person I’ve ever known and I feel lost without you. This pain is real I am beyond hurt but I promised to be strong for you. I was there till your last breath and I know you’ll watch over me till mine.

I love you mom forever
My love for you is infinite and eternal ♾
Posted by Monserrate Del Dago on March 13, 2020
Janet was beautiful with a knockout smile, cute dimples and eyes that twinkled like the stars. I first met Janet when she transferred to San Francisco on her first international trip. I was amazed at how well she worked business class on her first trip to China. Anyone who knew Janet knew she was motivated, intelligent with a great work ethic. We went shopping and again I was amazed, the girl could bargain! We did our best to fly together as much as possible, she had incredible energy. When we weren’t flying together we’d talk on the phone. She was my rock and stood by me, encouraging and loving me through surgeries and the passing of my Mother even though she herself faced serious health challenges. She was Everything.
Janet was a gift I will always cherish and keep in my heart. I ache to see her, hug her, but that’s selfish of me for the Lord has called her. She is where she belongs in paradise with HIM
My condolences to her family, and to her loving sister Karen

Posted by Linda Grogan on March 12, 2020
I remember meeting Janet and Karen in the hood...Park Hill. I was so excited to have met my hapa sista, my sister in-law, and great childhood friend. I’ll always remember her beauty, fierceness, artistic skill...I remember in one of our math classes her drawing Snoopy off the cuff while figuring out a math problem :) And the girl could cook! I enjoyed many many birthday and holiday meals at her house with family. I am grateful and so very lucky to have met her and grew up with her. I will cherish these childhood memories. Thanks Janet❤️❤️❤️
Posted by Jeaneen King Ellis on March 11, 2020
You was always assured as to you were, never one to back down. I thank you, and send love to heaven... for all that you are, today, tomorrow, and in heaven. Much love. Kim and Jeaneen Ellis.
Posted by RAYFORD HOBBS on March 11, 2020
Rest in peace Janet ...much love to your family at this time...and to My Brother Kenneth...What a wonderful example of a true love and family you and Janet gave to all of us. My heart is broken .... Rayford
Posted by Pepper Williams-Russell on March 11, 2020
Janet, a staple of my child and teen years, exhibited even then strength, independence, creativity. I admired her as the protective older sister of my lifelong friend, Pooney (aka Karen❤) Her light will continue to shine. My prayers are for her family and those who loved her. “The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious unto you. The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace."
Posted by Sherrie Thompson on March 11, 2020
Janet was my close friend since we were 15 years old. She was stunningly beautiful, incredibly artistic and talented, competent, very focused at such a young age. And as her friend I had the good fortune to watch her grow into a strong, intelligent, and independent woman. She was a good mother, wife, daughter, sister and friend. She was like a sister to me, I could tell her anything in confidence, and she me. 

Our first “real” job was with Braniff Airways as Flight Attendants, we were just 19 years old. After training, we were initially based in Dallas, Texas, we were on reserve waiting for our first flight assignments. Back then we had pagers, and because we were in the same class and only a month apart in age, we were right next to each other in seniority. We excitedly waited for our pagers to go off, it didn’t, so we decided to go for a drive. I got the page first, we screamed with excitement, stopped at a pay phone, and Crew Scheduling told me I was going to Corpus Christi some other city in Texas, I don’t really remember. As we started to drive away, Janet’s pager goes off, we scream again, and she was told she had been assigned a flight to London. Well of course I was disappointed, but Janet said, call them back and ask them if you can go to London too. Well, we were too green to know that you’re not suppose to do that, but I did, at Janet’s urging, and do you know the Crew Scheduler, put me in hold, came back on the line and said, okay, we’re going to send you to London too. So our first trip assignment was not only together, but to London of all places, and we had a blast!

I can’t believe she’s no longer here, I’m heart is broken, but I’m thankful she is no longer in pain. And I’m thankful that I have a million little memories of Janet that will make me smile and realize how lucky I am to have had such a friend in my life.

Rest now my friend, I love you.

Posted by Kim Andresky on March 10, 2020
One of the most lovely, generous and genuine people you could ever hope to meet. Janet, you truly are an angel...
Posted by Jennifer Jones on March 10, 2020
My beautiful friend, Janet. I always had so much admiration for you; your drive, passion, confidence and fire! These photos and my cherished memories of our laughter and fun as young tenders are how I will remember you. You remain loved . .
Posted by Travis Speckels on March 10, 2020
R.I.P Janet I miss you already you always will be in our hearts Travis and Leon 4 ever your best Neighbors
Posted by James Johnson on March 10, 2020
Strong woman and personality, a business woman, loving of her family and knowledgeable. My funniest moments of her are watching her talk to her children for miss behaving and in the same breath letting me know that, I wasn’t of the hook either. Always Had me laughing with stories or jokes about her family. “ Saying uh huh you think your slick”! As the punch line. Lol. 

Rest Peacefully with love,

James

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Posted by Roxanna Yates on March 29, 2020
Janet and I met at MLK recreation center. I enjoyed our time together. If we weren't laughing we were listening to each other. One thing I will remember is the love she had for family. Janet, thanks for your friendship. I'll miss you.
Rest in paradise❤
Posted by Kentaro Smoots on March 15, 2020
I lost the first love of my life. My backbone, my heart, my rock. You were the strongest person I’ve ever known and I feel lost without you. This pain is real I am beyond hurt but I promised to be strong for you. I was there till your last breath and I know you’ll watch over me till mine.

I love you mom forever
My love for you is infinite and eternal ♾
Posted by Monserrate Del Dago on March 13, 2020
Janet was beautiful with a knockout smile, cute dimples and eyes that twinkled like the stars. I first met Janet when she transferred to San Francisco on her first international trip. I was amazed at how well she worked business class on her first trip to China. Anyone who knew Janet knew she was motivated, intelligent with a great work ethic. We went shopping and again I was amazed, the girl could bargain! We did our best to fly together as much as possible, she had incredible energy. When we weren’t flying together we’d talk on the phone. She was my rock and stood by me, encouraging and loving me through surgeries and the passing of my Mother even though she herself faced serious health challenges. She was Everything.
Janet was a gift I will always cherish and keep in my heart. I ache to see her, hug her, but that’s selfish of me for the Lord has called her. She is where she belongs in paradise with HIM
My condolences to her family, and to her loving sister Karen

Recent stories
Shared by Kenneth Smoots on March 11, 2020
This is a song Janet and I listen to when she was in hospital in private. Today however I didn't want to play the song but use the words of Maxwell to reflect on the last moments Janet and I had in private.......If you call I'll stand outside. This woman's work, this woman's world. It's hard on a man. Now it's parting of souls for us. Now start the craft of the father! I know you have a little life in you yet.I know you have a lot of strength left. I should be crying but I just can't let it show, i should be hoping but I can't stop thinking... All the things I should have said and all the things we should have done that we never did. All the things I should have given but I didn't.... Oh my darling!! Give me, give her back to me!!!! Give me that little kiss, give me your your pretty hands where ever you be give me you hand... I know you have a little life in you yet, i know you have a lot of strength in you yet..... I should be crying but I just can't let it show. I should be hoping but I can't stop thinking of all the things that wr should have said that were never said. All the things we should have done that we never did. All the things you needed from me. Allthe things I should have given but didn't....Oh darling make it go away so you can rest in peace. Big love !!
Shared by Gabby Gilder on March 11, 2020
I have so many beautiful stories about my Aunt Janet that it was hard to just think of one to share. Her personality was unlike any other and she was one of the strongest people I knew. Out of all the stories and memories I have of her they all come down to one word, supportive. She use to come watch me perform when I was on the dance team in high school. She taught me how to tie my shoes. She taught me how to drive. She taught me so much about life all while being fierce but patient. No matter what I did she was always there and always supporting me through any and everything that I did. She would always show up and knew if I ever needed her she was one call away and would be there.She was so proud and I will continue to make her proud. I know she is still with me everyday & will always be around. I know she’s in heaven running things. Hope you are at peace Aunt Janet you deserve nothing but paradise. Your loving Niece Gabby ❤️
Shared by Ernie Martinez on March 10, 2020
My wife Linda and myself met Janet and the Smoots family about six years ago celebrating the birth of little Kamiko from her son KT and our grand daughter Jasmine.  I will never forget the enormous—brite—excitingly smile she had during the birth of littlt Kimeko, I could not get over the shinning and sparkles  in her eyes she felt “ blessed”  and she was so proud—- that was a pure indication to me this is truly a “ good woman”,  good in her heart and soul and her “ being” , you just don’t get much better than that— she showed genuine leadership and she sure was definitely the “ boss” of the Smoots household—- God Bless you Janet—our buddy— our friend— we’re really gonna miss you, it’s really gonna be different without you... Time is gonna be hard and slow... for the rest of my life I’ll be thinking about you ( yes I am ), but the time came when you had to go...I’ll miss you my buddy.... I’ ll miss you my friend....I promise my thoughts for you will never end...but there’s a higher power that we must answer to and you heard him calling your name...Really gonna miss you... everything about you... your smiling face...I know you want us all to be strong....really going to miss you I know your going to that majic place.... singing you a brand new song...I’ll miss you my buddy, I’ll miss you my friend I promise our love for you will never end...REALLY GONNA MISS YOU......................(Ernie & Linda Martinez