BOW - Janet S. Meagher, 56, of Bow, passed away Friday, April 11, 2014, at home, surrounded by her family, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.She was born Aug. 18, 1957, in New Haven, Conn. She was the daughter of the late George E. Slye and Susan M. Mayer (formerly Slye). She grew up in Wayland, Mass., where she was a competitive diver in her youth and played tennis and was a cheerleader, graduating high school in 1975. Janet subsequently graduated from Boston University with a BFA in design.After graduation, she married her high school sweetheart, Robert J. Meagher, and the couple moved to Houston, where Janet worked for several graphic design studios and where she won an award from the New York Art Directors Club for her work.After a number of years in Houston, the couple settled in Bow, where she worked for an advertising agency in Manchester and her husband worked as an attorney. Janet continued to work as a freelance artist in the graphic design field while raising her three children.She was a proud citizen of the town of Bow and took pride in her involvement with many different organizations. One of her favorite activities in town was observing sunsets with her husband and children over Turee Pond behind Bow High School. Most often you could find Janet walking the woods with her black Labrador, cheering at her children's high school and college sporting events, playing tennis at the local courts, skiing at Mount Sunapee or corresponding with friends and family to remember birthdays and anniversaries, or just to send a note to cheer someone up.Janet had a zest for life. She loved her family deeply, was a fierce protector of her children, enjoyed the company of many friends and carried a sincere concern for those around her. Her children will always hear her clap and cheer as they continue in life to honor her memory.She is survived by her husband, Robert J. Meagher; daughter Alison S. Meagher of Dallas; son and daughter-in-law Haley and Michael T. Meagher of Dallas; son and daughter-in-law Jaimee and Daniel J. Meagher of Dallas; sister and brother-in-law and their children Robin S. and Steven McNutt and Sam, Dan, Katie and Matt McNutt; brother and sister-in-law and children Jill and David M. Slye and Dayton, Jack and Thomas Slye; brother and sister-in-law and their children Paul E. and Heidi Slye and McCabe and Sam Slye; and stepmother Suzanne Slye; all of whom she loved dearly.
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services: A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 26, at noon at Wesley United Methodist Church, 79 Clinton St., Concord. The Rev. Peter Hey will officiate. There will be a reception following the ceremony at the Bow Community Building, 3 Bow Center Road, Bow 03304.If you would like to make a donation in lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made in Janet's name to The Norris Cotton Cancer Research Fund, Office of Gift Recording, One Medical Center Drive, Hinman Box 7070, Lebanon 03756.Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium is in charge of arrangements. To view an online memorial, go to www.phaneuf.net.
Published in Union Leader on Apr. 20, 2014