Jan Smith Hamilton passed away on Jan. 19 at the age of 83 due to COVID-19, leaving behind many loved ones who she had touched throughout her long and meaningful life. Jan was a beloved daughter and sister, loving mom, mother-in-law, grandmother and the proud wife of a U.S. Marine.

Jan was born on Aug. 23, 1937, in Wetumka, Oklahoma, the daughter of Arthur Van Buren Smith and Helen Frances (Hardcastle) Smith. Jan’s father worked in the oil fields of Oklahoma for Phillips Petroleum. The family moved several times before settling in Edmond, Oklahoma. Jan graduated from Edmond High and Central State College (now UCO) with a degree in Elementary Education.