Janet ESHELMAN(1925 - 2013)


Janet Browne Eshelman died peacefully on November 12, 2013. Janet was born in Tacoma, WA on October 11, 1925 to Allan Hugh and Mollie Margaret (Dunseath) Browne. She graduated from Stadium High School in 1943 and received her bachelor's degree from the University of Washington in 1947, where she was a member of Alpha Phi sorority. She worked in Tacoma as a social worker for several years before marrying Donald Floyd Eshelman on December 8, 1950. Janny and Don shared a love of golf and traveling, and many times combined both interests, both as a couple alone and with dear friends. They also loved family events, and particularly enjoyed the Maui vacation they were able to take with their adult children and their families. Janny and Don were avid Husky fans and attended every home game until her health failed. She loved bridge and gardening. Janny and Don were members of Tacoma Country & Golf Club for more than 50 years. Janny's "golden years" were dimmed when she was stricken in 1990 with a disease that permanently deprived her of her sense of balance. In spite of this hardship, she persevered with her positive outlook and sense of humor (mostly) intact. In particular, her relationship with Don remained loving and strong until his death in 2008. She is survived by sons Scott Eshelman (Jean) of Mill Creek, WA and Bob Eshelman (Pam) of Seattle; daughter Nancy Gordon (Glenn) of Polson, MT; brother-in-law Jim Eshelman (Virginia); and eight grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her older brother Allan. The family would like to thank her many caregivers through the years, particularly Mike and Taka at Laurel Park Manor in Seattle for the last 3 years, and Catherine, May, and Helen for several years before that in Tacoma.

A private family service will be held on Thursday, November 21, followed by a reception at the Tacoma Country & Golf Club at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lakewood Fire Dept., Life, Charity & Safety Fund, 10928 Pacific Highway SW, Lakewood, WA 98499

Funeral Home

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9221 Chambers Creek Rd. W.  University Place, WA 98467
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Published in The Seattle Times from Nov. 17 to Nov. 18, 2013