Jane Smyth | In My Own Words

Growing up in Canton, I had wonderful examples — my parents and grandparents were very involved in volunteering in our community. Of course, this filtered down to my siblings and myself. We all started volunteering in grade school by helping families in need with food and clothing.

Why do you do what you do?

Growing up in Canton, I had wonderful examples — my parents and grandparents were very involved in volunteering in our community. Of course, this filtered down to my siblings and myself. We all started volunteering in grade school by helping families in need with food and clothing. We also helped in the hospitals, delivering mail and flowers to patients. I continued volunteering while being married and raising a family. For more than 35 years, I have had the opportunity to be involved with 12 different organizations. Over the years I have seen programs begin, develop and change. I feel very humbled to have served as president of Junior League of Canton and the Mercy Service League. I want to thank all of the volunteers for their support of the journey we have taken together. They made me a better person and leader.

What is on your mind?

I always have been very committed to the community. As a volunteer, I know the importance of focusing on our community needs. As volunteers, we need to be flexible enough to make the changes that will be beneficial to the community.

What is on your bucket list?

When my father was ill in 1985, I read the book “Living, Loving & Learning.” One of the questions I remember was something about if you had only five days to live, what would you do? My answer was never to travel or shop. My answer was that I would spend my time with my family and friends. These are the people that make my life complete.

ABOUT JANE

WHO: Jane Smyth.
WHAT: Community volunteer, wife, mother, grandmother, sister, friend. Widow of Bob Smyth, married to Tim Ryan; two children, Deydre Teyhen and Robb Smyth; a combined 10 grandchildren; sisters Judy Russell and Marcia Lover.
EDUCATION: Utah State University.
COMMUNITY BOARDS: Mercy Medical Center Fund Development Board; member of Mercy Service League and Women’s Committee of Walsh University.