Janice Riggs Vallin|
Janice Riggs Vallin was born on August 16, 1966 and passed away on December 23, 2013 after a short but valiant battle with cancer.
She is survived by her husband Armando Vallin Jr, of San Antonio, Texas, her sister Jessica Warren her husband Lee Warren, nephews James and William Warren, stepfamily Frances Riggs, Vanessa Oberholtzer, Donna Hacker all of Kingwood, Texas and their spouses and children, and Gerald Johnson of Houston. She was also a loving niece to Elaine Edgington and William Riggs, both of Dallas, Texas and Janice Moor of Nashville, Tennessee along with many cousins. Janice is preceded in death by her parents, Joel Dean Riggs and Jacqueline Harder Riggs.
Janice attended Slidell High School in Slidell, Louisiana before graduating from Kingwood High School in 1984. Janice was a 1988 graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in Journalism. Janice began her illustrious advertising career at the Bryan/College Station Eagle before moving to the Houston Chronicle. She honed her craft at the Houston Chronicle as a rising star from salesperson, manager and finally director of Retail Advertising. She then moved to the Austin American Statesman as retail advertising director. Janice along with her husband moved to Seattle in 2010 for an opportunity as director of major national accounts at Sound Publishing. She was wooed away by the Seattle Times in 2011 and found her home as Vice President of Advertising, her dream job. Janice was highly respected by her colleagues and served as a mentor to many salespeople and managers alike. She was a distinguished member of the Newspaper Association of America.
Janice had a true zest for life and a passion for travel. She spent her free time on the beach, any beach with her toes in the sand and a drink in her hand. She fulfilled her life's dream traveling several times to Europe exploring with friends, family and Armando. Her father had a saying, "plan to work and work your plan" and she did, with gusto. She is a cherished Aunt Sissy to her nephews and a loving partner to her dear loving husband Armando.
Along with her family, Janice adored fashion, high heels despite her 6 ft stature, a Napa Valley Chardonnay or dirty Zinfandel, a good sale, Nordstrom, enjoying nature, hip hop music, dancing to jazz, a good book, short skirts, museums, a medium rare steak, convertibles, interior design and hosting a good party. Janice will be dearly missed by all who were fortunate to know and love her.
A memorial service will be held at a future date on the beach in Surfside, Texas. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the
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Published in The Seattle Times from Dec. 23 to Dec. 29, 2013