Janet K. (Miller) Smith

Janet K. (Miller) Smith

September 13, 1936 – July 4, 2021

Family will receive friends Monday, July 12th from 10am to 11am at the West Center Chapel followed by FUNERAL SERVICE at 11am.  Interment: Evergreen Cemetery.   Memorials are suggested to the Assistance League of Albuquerque where Jan volunteered throughout her time in New Mexico.

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84 years of age, died at her home in Cedar Crest, New Mexico.  Janet was born in Bertrand, Nebraska, the daughter of Leslie and Elvera (Erickson) Dahlgren.

Janet’s family moved to Holdrege, Nebraska in 1945 after previously residing in the communities of Loup City and Alma, Nebraska.  She graduated from Holdrege High School with the class of 1954.  Following her graduation from Holdrege High School, Janet attended Colorado Women’s College in Denver.  On September 10, 1955, she was united in marriage to Larry Eugene Miller, her high school sweetheart, and from this union four children were born: Scott, Jeffery, Julie, and Shari.  The family lived in Holdrege before relocating to Omaha, Nebraska in 1968.  In addition to caring for her family, she attended the Nancy Bounds School of Modeling. Janet continued modeling while working at Virgie’s Town & Country Boutique.  While working at Virgie’s, she was recruited by the dentist next door, Dr. Donald Sattem to be his dental assistant.  Later Janet would return to her true calling; modeling women’s apparel and accessories, when she became the Fashion Coordinator at Sears Crossroads.  Janet ended her career after being recruited once more to be the Executive Secretary to the store manager at Sears.  She was a woman of many talents.

After Larry’s death in February of 1993, Janet married Ronald R. Smith of Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1998.  They lived in Cedar Crest, New Mexico until the time of her passing. She enjoyed traveling with Ron and on occasion with good friends to a variety of cities and countries around the globe.  Jan loved all sports, but she and Ron passionately followed Husker football as members of New Mexicans for Nebraska.  She was fun loving and the life of the party.

Jan was preceded in death by parents, Leslie and Elvera; first husband, Larry; brother, Wayne; sister, Linda Hammond.  She is survived by husband, Ron; children: Scott Miller (Deb) of Aurora, Nebraska, Jeff Miller of Omaha, Julie Cahoy (Steve) of Omaha and Shari Munro (Kevin) of Omaha; five grandchildren: Keri Christensen (Seth) of Omaha, Kurt Miller (Elizabeth) of Omaha, Nicole Zuccarini of Peoria, Illinois, Matthew Munro of Omaha, and Connor Munro of Omaha; three great-grandchildren: Jackson, Schylar, and Riley Christensen all of Omaha; nephews: Dan Hammond of Omaha and Brent Hammond of Oxford, Nebraska; along with several cousins and friends.






  • Mary, Dan and Hake Molliconi Posted July 9, 2021 10:37 am

    Scott, Deb and Miller family. We are so so for your loss. It is never easy to lose a loved one or a mom! Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time! The whole Edgerton’ family thoughts and prayers are with you as well! If you need anything at all don’t hesitate to let us know. We are getting you a tree to plant in her memory. We’ll have that back in Aurora next week. All our love – The Molliconi’s and Edgerton Family back in Aurora

  • Joseph almont Posted July 9, 2021 10:41 am

    Sorry for your loss. Ill keep the family in my thoughts

  • Michelle Kohlhof Posted July 9, 2021 11:05 am

    Scott and Deb,
    My heart goes out to you both!! Please know I would do anything to help you and your family during this time and after!!
    Sending strength and faith!

  • Melba and David Bushmire Posted July 12, 2021 11:10 am

    Dear Ron and Jan’Family. We are so sorry for your loss, but know you have lots of memories . She made us all laugh, when we think of her we have tears for her, but behind the tears
    there’s a smile. We had fun times. Lots of love to you and we have been thinking of you. Melba and Dave Bushmire
    You all meant so much to her!

  • Deb Anderson Posted July 12, 2021 5:55 pm

    Shari, Julie, Scott and Jeff, Im so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. I have such fond memories of her taking us to Johnson’s Lake and Holdrege with Shari and putting up with our shenanigans. She was a beautiful soul, that I know you will all miss. I hope your great memories of her help get you thru this difficult time. Hugs, Love and prayers to all of you. May she Rest In Peace.

  • Carmen Stradal Posted July 13, 2021 6:33 pm

    What a beautiful lady Jan was. So wonderful memories I have of her & Linda..My thoughts & prayers be with you all Lovingly Franklin & Carmen Holdrege

  • Lisa “Strong” Mott Posted August 7, 2021 9:05 am

    I am so sad and shocked to hear of Jan’s passing. Jan was such a life force and has been an important friend of my family for many years. Jan and my Mom, Yvonne Thomson traveled the world together and truly lived life to its fullest. Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of such an amazing woman. Prayers of comfort to the entire family. Much Love, Lisa “Strong” Mott

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