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Jayne Haugen Smith, 94, felt one-on-one relationships between cultures was the best way to world peace

Jayne Haugen Smith
Jayne Haugen Smith

Jayne Haugen Smith died quietly on Aug. 27, 2015, at Walter Reed Convalescent Center in Gloucester, at the age of 94.

She was born in Altoona, Pennsylvania on Jan. 10, 1921, daughter of the late Paul and Corabelle Haugen.

After living in Chicago and Minneapolis, she and her husband, John Smith, settled in Cedar Rapids, Iowa where they lived from 1940 to 1960 and had their four children. They then moved to Silver Spring, Maryland and finally settled in Williamsburg in 1979.

Jayne received her bachelor’s degree in history from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and taught junior high school, but her passion was the American Field Service. She spent most of the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s working and volunteering for this international student exchange program, feeling one-on-one relationships with other people from other cultures was the best way to help create peace on this earth.

After moving to Williamsburg, she also took up oil painting under the tutelage of Violet Parker. Her work could often be seen at the Williamsburg Regional Library and the then 20th century Gallery. She was also an active member of the Williamsburg Presbyterian Church.

Jayne was preceded in death by her husband.

Jayne is survived by her children, Sharon Smith Potter (Elmer), Bruce Smith (Gini), Deborah Smith Noonan (Bob) and Scott Smith (Sandi Godbey); grandchildren, Timothy Potter (Mari), Douglas Potter (Traci), Amber Smith Dedus (Alen), Laura Smith and Paul Noonan; great-grandchildren, Dolan, Luke and Kenzie Potter, Asia Wilson, Nico Roy and Natalie Dedus; and numerous step-grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren and step-great-great-grandchildren. She also called Gunter Lehman, of Kassel, Germany, Maria Cordoeiro, of Libson, Portugal and Husam Al-Mufti, of Antayla, Turkey, her children.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Road, Williamsburg. A celebration of her life will be held at a future date. Burial will be held at Cedar Memorial Park in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Field Service, 71 West 23rd St., 6th FL, NY, NY 10010-4102.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Nelsen Funeral Home.

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