Jean Karen Smith

Jean Karen Smith

March 15, 2021

A private celebration of life for Jean K. Smith, 69-year-old former Buffalo resident who passed away March 15 in Merriam, Kansas, due to complications of COVID-19, will be held Saturday, April 3, at 1 p.m. in Olathe, Kansas.

Jean K. Smith was born on Sept. 29, 1951, in Dearborn, Michigan, to John and Marjorie Kesot. She grew up in White Pine, Michigan, and graduated from White Pine High School with the class of 1969.

In life, Jean was an avid baker and took so much joy in being a “Grammy,” a Mama and a wonderful friend to so many. She was so very loved and never met a stranger in her life.

Her self-described greatest attributes were spoiling, giving suggestions, laughing, hugging, giving and receiving lots of love, giving advice (like THAT'S welcome), explaining, describing, teach ing and overstaying her welcome. Of course, the sarcasm that was unmentioned is front and center. Jean loved all of her people so fiercely and made a huge impact on so many. She was always accompanied by her beloved husband and puppy dog. She was a vibrant personality who carried so much energy, there will be a gaping hole in so many lives.

She is survived by her husband, Barry Smith of Shawnee, Kansas; her loving children, Bylle Bidonde of Aurora, Colorado; Patrick Smith (Sandy) of Rapid City, South Dakota; Sean Smith (Stacy) of Las Vegas, Nevada; Amy Steiner (Von) of Olathe, Kansas; and Michelle Covert (Matt) of Preston, Idaho; three sisters, Judith Kesot (Karen) of Santa Rosa, California; Geraldine Frisk (Jim) of Buffalo; and Janice McGowan (Pete) of Three Way, Tennessee; one niece, Georgie (George) Garland of Buffalo; two nephews, Shawn Frisk ofBuffalo; and John Poyhonen of Milan, Tennessee; and her grandchildren, Cody, Kole, Chase, Aaron, Emily, Abbie, Jana (Clay), Jacob, Jared, Connor, Jesse, Sofia and Giuliana. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Marjorie Kesot; one niece, Dana Frisk; and one son, Thomas Smith.

In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation to the St. Francis Animal Shelter in Buffalo or plant a tree in memory of Jean K. Smith.