Janice Forbes Geil (1938 - 2013)

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Janice Forbes Geil

Janice Forbes Geil of Auburn, born March 15, 1938, passed away June 4, 2013 after a long battle with leukemia. Janice, known as "Booie" to her family and many friends, was a third generation Auburnite. Her parents, Wesley and Elizabeth Waddle, were co-owners of Waddle's Market in Central Square in downtown Auburn.
After attending Mills College for two years, she graduated from U.C. Davis, where she was honored with her Phi Beta Kappa key, which she wore proudly for the rest of her days.
She was the founder of Sierra Heritage Magazine, and publisher for 30 years. She was the publisher of the Auburn Sentinel newspaper for 18 years after purchasing it from it's founder Tom Homer.
Philanthropic by nature, she was a fierce advocate and benefactress for the Auburn Community Park. Without her tireless efforts, there would be no park today. She was a founding member and the first president of Sierra Business Council, an organization devoted to supporting a sustainable economy all up and down the Sierra Nevada. She was the past president of the Placer Community Foundation and was a strong supporter of the Auburn Symphony. She was a staunch environmentalist, and her love of Auburn, her hometown, and of the Sierra was unending. Her other contributions and accomplishments are far too numerous to be listed here.
She is survived and will be dearly missed by: her husband Ken, her sister Joyce Armitage of Auburn, her daughter-in-law Alexandra Forbes, her two grandchildren Tucker and Maddie Forbes, all of Carmel, a cousin Leroy Waddle of Auburn, and by her best friends the ATOs. She was preceded in death by her parents and by her only child, Dr. James Randall Forbes.
At her request, no public services are planned, a family memorial will be held at a later date.
Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers on June 9, 2013
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