May 24, 1961 ~ February 1, 2019

Born in: New Orleans, Louisiana
Resided in: Edwards, Colorado

It is with heavy hearts that we announce that Jana Elaine Smith passed away suddenly after a tragic accident in her home in Edwards, Colorado, on February 1, 2019, at the young age of 57. She was born in New Orleans and was adopted and raised in Eunice, Louisiana, by the late O.J. and Myrtis Gillett Smith. Jana joins her parents and older brother, David Joe Smith, in the afterlife. She is survived by her life partner, Christian Haeusermann; children: Gretchen Jordan, David (and Chelsea) Slate, and Adam Simar; grandchildren: Madison Jordan, Tyler Jordan, and Sophia Slate; brother, John Eric Smith; and extended family and friends. Jana graduated from the University of Southwestern Louisiana with a bachelor degree in psychology and went on to attain a doctorate degree from the Loyola University School of Law in 1992. She was an accomplished attorney specializing in family law and later in labor relations. She worked hard her entire life, reached every goal she ever set for herself, and was looking forward to retirement. She enjoyed traveling around the world, spending time with her friends and family, and relaxing with her partner, Christian, in their home in the mountains. Jana devoted her life to the happiness and wellbeing of her children, and she thoroughly enjoyed every moment she spent with her grandchildren, to whom she was known as Gigi. She had a kind and generous soul and a passion for life and adventure that was unparalleled. While Jana’s life was cut tragically short, she lived a full and exciting life, never shying away from new experiences. She lived and loved with her whole heart, and her spirit and memory will live on in the hearts of all who knew her. Words cannot begin to express how much she will be missed. The memorial to celebrate the incredible life of Jana Smith will be held on February 23, 2019, at 10:00 am, at Horan & McConaty Family Chapel, 5303 E County Line Rd, Centennial, CO 80122. If anyone wishes to send flowers, they may be sent to the funeral home to be enjoyed at Jana’s service. The family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.


Celebration of Life: February 23, 2019 10:00 am

Horan & McConaty - South Metro/Centennial
5303 E County Line Rd
Centennial, CO 80122

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Memories Timeline


  1. I had the privilege to work with Jana on a few occasions with CenturyLink. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends during this difficult time.

  2. The world was a better place because Jana was in it. Feel blessed thatnJana was in my life. Sending love and light to those who will gather to honor Jana’s life and legacy

  3. I am so sad hearing this news. I met Jana only 2 years ago in Edwards. We connected instantly. She had such a beautiful soul and magic in her eyes. As I send love & light and healing to Jana and all of those that loved her, I am feeling her returning that love & light to all of us in such a magnificent way. May we honor Jana by receiving her incredible light and carrying it forward.

  4. My condolences to her partner and family. I am still shocked. May Gods grace shine down on you and may he hold you in the palm of your hand.

  5. I have worked with Jana very closely over the past several years, and will recall those times as wonderful learning experiences and terrific opportunities to get to know Jana as a passionate and very caring person. Jana was a fantastic mentor to me, and I will miss her terribly.

  6. My condolences to the family.I am still in shock.Jana was a sweet and loving person,full of joy.I manage and supervised care for Jana’s mother,alone with 4 other caregivers.Jana and I became more than friends she was like a sister to me.We shared many things,talked often about when I started working with her mother.Last conversation with Jana was during the Christmas holiday..She will deeply be missed.

  7. I worked with Jana over a period of 6 years and learned more about her and her profession each time. She was a pure delight to work with and she will be missed by all that have crossed paths with her. My condolences to her family and friends.

  8. Jana was a beautiful person who I will miss very much in my work day. We worked together on specific claims – Jana was diligent, thorough and cared deeply. She was passionate about achieving the right result. I loved to hear her updates on her family and grandchildren. I am privileged to have worked with her all these years. She is a shining star in the heavens.

  9. Dear Jana, we are very sad that we had only limited time to spend with you. My family, my brother and my father in law had the chance to meet you either in the Rocky Mountains or in Switzerland. You were a very Special Person and we are going to miss you forever. We were looking forward to have you back in Switzerland this summer but unfortunatley your destiny meant to be different. We will Keep you in our hearts and my girls will keep the gorgeous dress you gave them some years ago as a memory. Our deepest condolence to Christian and your family .

  10. I was deeply saddened to learn of Jana’s sudden passing. In the very short time, Jana was my cube companion, her very presence lit up our area. I will miss her smile, friendly conversations and sense of humour. My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. May you take comfort in knowing that you have an angel to watch over you.

  11. I am so sorry for the loss of your dear mother David (Chelsea). May you take comfort in many pleasant memories of your time with her on earth and I believe you will see her again. You will know your loved ones in heaven. Peace be with you and your family.

  12. Dave and family,

    We are so incredibly sorry for your loss… Jana was an amazing mother and role model and one of the most genuine and nice people we have ever met. If there is anything we can do, please let us know!

  13. I worked as opposing counsel with Jana on a few cases recently and found her to be consistently kind and pleasant to all while diligently representing her client. This is not always easy to do, but she did it with grace. I was very saddened to learn of her passing and send earnest condolences to her family and friends.

  14. Erin and i knew jana from st pauls in lakeview where she and gretchen were classmates. I babysat gretchen and david several times while jana was always studying or working. We then lived on west end blvd. jana was always sweet loved her kids and a gr8 student. She will be sadly missed. Another angel in heaven. I will cherish her times we had together from st pauls and our kiddos. Prayers for all the family.

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