Janet Girard

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Wasilla resident Janet Bernice (Morton) Girard, 73, died March 25, 2007, at Mat-Su Regional Medical Center.
A celebration of her life will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the United Protestant Church in Palmer (www.palmerlogchurch.org).
Janet was born Aug. 29, 1933, in Philadelphia. Her parents moved to California in 1943. There she was educated and met her future husband, physicist Frank Girard. She was a full-time mom to her five children, and they spent some years overseas, where she did some professional acting.
Janet came to Alaska with her husband in 1991.
She was a full member of the Alaska Watercolor Society, was an avid gardener, served on the board of directors for Valley Performing Arts for eight years and performed in many plays.
Her favorite roles were the psychiatrist in, "Jake's Women," Mrs. Malaprop in "The Rivals" and Ersi in "Catsplay," for which she won the Best Actress of the Year award in 2003. She was last seen in "The Crucible" as Rebecca. She also appeared in "Florida" at Cyrano's, for which she received great reviews; she followed that by doing the part in a film of the same name. She had been preparing for a major part in a Valley Performing Arts production when she was unexpectedly diagnosed with acute leukemia.
Her family wrote: "She was a great wife, mother, friend and an inspiration to many. She was very loving, energetic, passionate, optimistic, determined and was a seeker of knowledge and truth. She will be missed dearly."
She leaves her husband of almost 50 years, Frank Girard; daughters, Kathlene Girard and Nancy Cockroft of Wasilla, and children, Angela, Urshala and Louise, and Jeanine Miller of Anchorage and her children, Dylan and Baylin; great-grandchildren, Brondon, Makala and Roco; and sons, Scott Girard, engineer and NASA representative for Alaska, and his children, Makenna and Torin, and Douglas Girard, noted Alaska artist, and his children, Saxon and Garrick.
She requested that instead of flowers, a donation be made to leukemia research (www.leukemia-research.org).
Published in Anchorage Daily News on Mar. 28, 2007