Jean Smith

Jean Smith

Tuesday, February 6th, 1940 Thursday, April 9th, 2020

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Obituary for Jean Carolee Smith (Borth)

Jean Carolee Borth Smith, 80, of Bonner Springs, Kansas, died after a short illness on Thursday, April 9, 2020, at Providence Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas.
Jean was born February 6, 1940 in McPherson, Kansas, to Ben and Evelyn Borth, who were wheat farmers. She grew up in rural McPherson and graduated from McPherson High School in 1957. She met the love of her life, Clausie Smith, on a blind date while he was a student at Ottawa University. It was love at first sight. They were wed on June 7, 1959 and were happily married for more than 60 years. In the early years of their marriage, the Smiths lived in McPherson, Council Grove, and Kansas City, Kansas. In 1970, their lives took a dramatic turn when they bought and became publishers of the Mulvane News, a weekly newspaper. In 1975, they moved to Carrollton, Missouri, where Clausie was general manager of the Carrollton Daily Democrat. In Carrollton, and earlier in Council Grove and McPherson, Jean worked as a legal secretary. Then, in 1980 they moved to Bonner Springs, where they bought the weekly Bonner Springs-Edwardsville Chieftain and the Basehor Sentinel. Together, they published the newspapers until 2000, when they retired.
Jean was a member of the First Christian Church in Bonner Springs and had recently attended the Bonner Springs United Methodist Church. She was a former member of the Bonner Beautiful Commission. She was a Camp Fire leader and a Girl Scout troop leader when her daughters were young.
She leaves her husband, Clausie, of the home; three daughters, Jill Holder and her husband, Allen, of Bonner Springs; Melody Pence and her husband, Donnie, of Allen, Texas; and Angela Skwarlo and her husband, Stan, of Lawrence, Kansas; two brothers, Jack Borth and his wife, Betty, of Copeland, Kansas, and Bill Borth of rural Wamego, Kansas; five grandsons, Andrew Holder and his wife, Sarah, of Lawrence; Zachary Holder and his wife, Nancy, of Kansas City, Missouri; Marine 2nd Lieutenant Stan Skwarlo III and his wife, Jordan, of Oceanside, California; Samuel Skwarlo of Lawrence; and Shane Skwarlo of Lawrence; two granddaughters, Katie Nolan and her husband, Matt, of Grapevine, Texas, and Kelsey Pence of Dallas; one great-grandson, Peter Daniel Skwarlo of Oceanside; and several nephews and nieces.
Jean was a loving wife and devoted mother, a beloved grandmother and great-grandmother and a cherished aunt. She was a wonderful cook and loved nothing more than hosting and preparing family dinners. She was a gifted seamstress and an avid gardener. Her beautiful gardens were her way of creating a heaven on earth. She will be missed every day by her family.
A private burial service will be held on Tuesday, April 14. The family is planning a celebration of life at a later date.

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Peter Eggebrecht

So sorry to hear of your loss. I know a strong, loving helpmate made life better for you. prayers for you and your family. Peter Eggebrecht
Comment | Posted at 03:28pm via Condolence

LeAnne DeTar Newbert

David and I will miss Jean's quick and warm smile. Know that we will be in prayer for your comfort and peace during this very heartbreaking time for you.
LeAnne and David DeTar Newbert
Comment | Posted at 11:53am via Condolence

Cindy Surber

I am so sorry to hear about your wife, mother, sister, aunt. I know she was loved by her family.
Cindy Surber (Betty Borth's daughter)
Comment | Posted at 01:16pm via Condolence

Dan Carter

Jean and Clausie were the best neighbors for the 16 yrs we lived by them. I can still see Jean working in her garden year round. Their yard was always so beautiful! After building our house, the first Spring my husband mowed over her tulips by accident and we were so upset but she said "don't worry about it Clausie does that all the time". We laughed and knew that she had a gift for putting people at ease and making them feel better. Heaven has gained the best gardener ever! We are praying for peace for Clausie and family at this unthinkable time of loss.
Lots of love- Ruth, Dan, Jake, and Alex Carter
Comment | Posted at 03:08pm via Condolence

Joanne M. Collins

Clausie and family, I extend my sincere sympathy and condolences to you.Both of your leadership roles and contributions to the Gtr. KC area have been very significant to us.You are all in my daily prayers and thoughts. Please remember Jesus loves you and so do I. Joanne M. Collins
Comment | Posted at 01:58pm via Condolence

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