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Janet Horstman
Anderson passed away peacefully on the 18th of August 2013. Janet was born on the 6th of September 1920, to her parents Maurice Pote Horstman and Helena Pullen Horstman in Chicago, Illinois.
Janet grew up in Havana, Illinois, and Los Angeles, California. She attended the University of Illinois, joined her beloved Alpha Xi Delta sorority and graduated in 1941 with a Bachelor of Science in Education.
On the 18th day of June 1941, Janet married James Allen Anderson, Jr. During World War II, they moved to Baytown, Texas. They were then blessed with three children: Merilee, Carole and Lawford. There they also met their life-long friends, FayEvelyn and Harold Scarborough.
Janet forever had a "song in her heart" and a deep love for family, friends, genealogy, and the fine arts. Janet became one of the founders of Artist Concert Series as well as the Baytown Little Theatre where she received standing ovations for her roles in several productions. At Trinity Episcopal Church, she was an enthusiastic member of the choir.
Janet was always successful in her endeavors. After moving to Summit, New Jersey, Janet became active in real estate and quickly became a top producer in her company. Also, like her mother, Helena, she had a life-long interest in history and genealogy and attended the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research in Alabama. She returned to Houston, and as a Certified Genealogist, law firms sought her out for her excellent genealogical research skills.
At the Bayou Bend Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, she received her 20 Year Docent Butterfly. A Founding Member of the Brazos Valley Chapter of DAR, she participated in her chapter's work for over 35 years.
In Houston, Janet and Jim attended St. Mark's Episcopal Church, loving the warm family of clergy and friends in the congregation. Janet's children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her greatest treasures. She had many close friends who were very dear to her heart. Never without a positive attitude, laughter and a kind word, she enjoyed life. Her Boston terrier, Willie, was her constant companion.
Janet is survived by her children, Dr. James Lawford Anderson and his wife, Dr. Jean Morrison, and her daughter Carole Helena Gilbreath, and her husband Jonathan Lowry Gilbreath; her grandchildren Tyson, Christopher, Jonathan and his wife Yuko, Sarah, and James Anderson, Wendy Gilbreath and her fiancé Mark Canfield, Janet Swartz and her husband Robert, Caillouet Thorman and Kendall Thorman; and her great-grandchildren, Samantha and Lauren Swartz and Tobias Osterloh (Thorman). Her father, Maurice Horstman, and her mother, Helena Pullen Worner and daughter, Merilee Joan Anderson Thorman, and step-father, Harold Worner, precede her in death.
The Memorial Service will be at 3 PM on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at St. Mark's Episcopal Church with The Reverend Patrick J. Miller officiating.
In lieu of usual remembrances, memorial gifts may be made in honor of Janet Horstman Anderson, directed to St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 3816 Bellaire Boulevard, Houston, Texas, 77025.

Published in Houston Chronicle on Sept. 20, 2013
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