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Saturday, July 13, 2024

Janet Ann Blakley

Janet Ann Blakley (née Howitt), aged 86, was called home to be with the Lord on June 27, 2024. She departed this life in Ocala, Florida, leaving behind a legacy of faith, love, and service. Janet was born on April 15, 1938, in Great Neck, New York. After raising her family in Poughkeepsie, New York, she moved to Ocala, Florida in 2002, creating a home filled with love alongside her beloved late husband, Eric Smith, where she touched the lives of many.

A pioneer in her own right, Janet earned her pilot’s license in the late 1960s, and flew single engine airplanes out of Dutchess County Airport. She had a fulfilling career as a real estate agent, where she was well respected by her colleagues and clients alike. Her personal life was marked by a deep commitment to her family and faith. She found joy teaching Sunday School at Tabernacle Baptist Church, in Poughkeepsie, for many years. Her commitment to her community was evident in her service and the genuine connections she cultivated over the years.

Janet’s was an active member of the Ocala West Methodist Church and Meadowbrook Church, both in Ocala, Florida. Janet lived her faith and enjoyed participating in Bible Study groups. Her faith was the cornerstone of her existence, guiding her through her journey in life.

Her pastimes included the simple joys such as holding babies in the church nursery, counted cross-stitch, crocheting, knitting, playing solitaire on her tablet and many travels around the world with her late husband, Eric. Janet’s daily morning practice of reading her Bible and devotions were cherished moments of her day. Janet loved the time spent with family and friends, which was a source of great joy and fulfillment in her life,

She leaves behind her loving family: her daughter, Deborah Polidoro; sons, James and Roy Hanson; sister, Carol LaFrance; her adored grandchildren: Janet; Gerrit; Richard; Sebastian; Reese; Jennifer; Steven; Corrine; Kaleigh; Jessica; and beloved great-grandchildren: Tyler; Amber; Stefan; Lincoln; Amy; Magnolia; Taylor; Jackson. She now joins in Heaven her parents, Harold and Ann Howitt; her husband, Eric Smith; her son, Richard Hanson; and her brother, Roy Howitt.

The National Cremation Society in Ocala, Florida is assisting the family during this time In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

A private family celebration of life gathering of Janet Ann Blakley will be held on July 27, 2024, at her home in Ocala.