Janet Grier McPherson died peacefully at home on Monday, August 12, 2013.
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Janet was born in Athens on January 13, 1944. She was the daughter of the late Helen and John McPherson, and niece of Bess and Bill Hopkins, Harvey and Ann Cabaniss, and Robert and Margaret McPherson.
Janet graduated from Athens High School in 1962. In 1966, she graduated with an ABJ in journalism from the University of Georgia, where she was a member of Chi Omega Sorority. Upon graduation, she boldly took off to New York City, initially working for Look Magazine. She then worked in the travel industry for more than 20 years. Her love of travel and adventurous spirit took her all over the world, with frequent visits to her favorites, Australia and Scotland.
Janet returned to Athens in 2001 to care for her mother, and she worked at the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia until her death. She was a member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, Road Runners, Friends of Oconee Hill Cemetery, and the Athens Historical Society.
Janet's greatest passions were travel, reading, family and friends, and especially her beloved dog, Angus, who at 17 years of age recently preceded her in death. Janet loved Athens and her Athens High School Class of 1962, and she took great pleasure in their many reunions and gatherings. Her last night was spent happily with some of those AHS friends.
Family and friends remember Janet for her zest for life, gregarious nature, adventurous spirit, and sometimes outrageous personality. Janet lived an unconventional life, traveling all over the world, making life-long friends wherever she went…including two years living on a U.S. Army base in Korea, teaching English. Her creativity knew no bounds, whether in her masterful story telling or in her ability to embellish. Janet was one of a kind.
She is survived by her sisters, Helen McPherson (Mark) Costantino and Margaret McPherson (Don) Smith; nieces and nephew, Lisa Costantino Hurley, Catherine Costantino Willard, John Costantino, and Fleming Smith; six grand-nieces and –nephews, and many loving cousins.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 17, at Oconee Hill Cemetery, followed by a reception at the Sexton's House.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia, 861 Newton Bridge Rd., Athens, GA 30607.
Online condolences may be offered at www.bernsteinfuneralhome.com.
Bernstein Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Athens, is in charge of the arrangements.
Published in Athens Banner-Herald on Aug. 15, 2013