Gail Ann Janson Smith Death, Obituary, Gail Smith funeral plans

By | January 9, 2022

Gail Ann Janson Smith Cause of  Death – Obituary –

Gail Ann Janson Smith, born in Aruba on December 3, 1945 to George and Emily (Gaudet) Janson, passed away on February 23, 2021 following a brave battle first with lymphoma and second with COVID-19 – just before she had the chance to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Gail is survived by many family members to whom she was deeply devoted, including her brother, George Janson, and sister, Debbie Roberts. She is also survived by her daughter, Dr. Lisa Smith-Kilpela, son, Scott Smith, daughter-in-law, Ashley Smith, and son-in-law, Scott Kilpela, along with several cherished nieces and nephews across the US, and 4 grandchildren who adored her with all their hearts (Aiden Smith, 8; Brennan Smith, 6; Natalie Kilpela, 5; Ryan Kilpela, 18 months) – and that feeling was mutual. Gail loved her grandchildren as deeply as one could ever imagine. They lit up her life, and she theirs. She is dearly missed by her loving family, as well as by many friends, community members, and friends-like-family.

Gail Ann Janson Smith Death, Obituary, Gail Smith funeral plans

Raised on the island of Aruba with her family, Gail graduated from Lago High School in 1963. She then matriculated at Boston College; talk about courage and strength – to move 3000 miles away from home at age 17! In a continued act of courage and strength, Gail became the first woman in the Boston College band alongside a dear friend. Gail graduated from Boston College in 1967 and followed her passion to become an elementary school teacher. She loved kids, loved learning and, most of all, loved serving others. Thus, a teacher was a natural choice for her.

Who was Gail Ann Janson Smith?

Gail settled in Austin, TX, where she lived most of her life until she relocated to San Antonio in March 2020 (yes, one week before the COVID-19 pandemic). Gail was a long-time parishioner and active member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church, giving much of her time, energy, and heart to her beloved parish. Gail always remembered to appreciate the little moments and gifts in life – even making a green light when she was running late, a smooth airplane flight, or a spontaneous phone call from a friend. As Gail would say, “that’s a ‘Thank you, God!'”

Gail also loved to travel and experience different cultures. She felt profound appreciation for her opportunities to see the world and meet diverse people from all walks of life. A few of her great adventures included: standing on a glacier in Alaska, touring the Russian Riviera, walking atop the Great Wall of China, ascending Machu Pichu (at age 72, no less), riding an elephant in Africa, floating in the Dead Sea, touring the pyramids of Egypt, and, of course, spending time with her family and friends in Aruba each summer. Among those many amazing adventures, one of her most treasured was her visit to the Holy Land to experience firsthand the incredible sights and history of her deep faith.

Gail Ann Janson Smith Biography

After her retirement in 2000, Gail dedicated her time to serving others in her community. She volunteered with various organizations, including St. Vincent de Paul Society, Mobile Loaves and Fishes, Court Appointed Special Advocates for children, and Caritas of Austin. Gail tirelessly put others first; she found great meaning and joy in giving. She believed fully in helping those in need, supporting one another, loving God and family, and coming together for the greater good. Gail truly had a servant’s heart; may we all strive to have more Gail in our hearts and in how we live our lives. The world is a much better place because Gail was in it. And that’s a “Thank you, God.”

In honor of Gail’s unwavering generosity and in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Thomas More Catholic Church. Online donations are available through St. Thomas More’s website: https://stmaustin.org. Go to “online giving” and then to “St. Vincent de Paul Society.”

Those of you who knew Gail know that she ALWAYS put other people first. Please take one moment to honor Gail – put others first and get vaccinated to help prevent the continued spread of COVID-19 in our community. #CovidVaccine #VaccinesSaveLives #ThisIsOurShot