Janet Lynn Somers Ely of Sugar Land, passed away on Tuesday, January 7, 2014. She was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, on October 9, 1959, to the late George Gerald (Jerry) Somers and Nancy Jane Wise. Janet graduated from Richard King High School in 1977 and received her Bachelor of Arts in 1981 from Southwest Texas State University, where she helped found their Zeta Tau Alpha chapter. She was married to Mark Hudson Ely on June 2, 1990, in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Janet was a beloved and respected member of her community; active in tennis, book clubs, Bible studies, the Houston Furniture Bank and numerous other missions and pursuits. She was an advocate for breast cancer
research, providing substantial support to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. She also supported Reconstruction of a Survivor, which helps fund cancer treatments for the under-privileged through the Janet Ely Angels of Assistance Program. In addition, she was the co-founder of the local chapter of Survivors Offering Support (SOS).
In 2011, the Janet Ely Tennis Invitational received the Impact Award for Ambassadorship from the Susan G. Komen Foundation. That same year, Janet received the Hope and Action Award from Community Health Charities of Texas and was the Honoree at the Houston Furniture Bank's 19th Anniversary Celebration. Janet is survived by her husband, Mark; two daughters, Avery Somers Ely and Emily Grace Ely; her mother, Nancy Jane Wise; two sisters, Sherry (Tom) Willome and Claire Ortiz; two brothers, Scott R. (Isabel) Somers and Brent R. (Peesh) Somers; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews; and hundreds of friends and admirers. The Celebration of her life will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 18, at River Pointe Church, 5000 Ransom Road, Richmond, Texas. Please wear "Colorful Casual" clothing (preferably not black), as we wish to honor Janet's vibrant personality, boundless creativity, good humor and wonderful life.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the Houston Furniture Bank, an organization which "makes empty houses homes" (2100 Hussion St., Houston 77003). Janet helped kick off the Bank's DIVA program ("Designing Interiors Volunteers At-your-service"), to which Janet gave her time and her heart.