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The family of Janet Perry late of Prince George are grieved to announce to all who loved her that she passed away on March 27th in New Westminster, BC, at age 85. Janet's earthly life was a vivacious tapestry of relationships and activities. Growing up in depression era Vancouver had its trials but Janet's childhood and teen years were filled with friendships and fun. While working as a legal stenographer, a job she thoroughly enjoyed, she met Frank Perry, a law student returned from wartime service overseas. Janet and Frank were married in Vancouver in 1947. Shortly after the birth of their first child, Elaine, they moved to Prince George, the Perry hometown where Frank started his law practice and Janet continued to live after Frank died in 2002. Janet remained in Prince George until 2009 when she moved to the coast to be close to her family. For six decades, Janet participated in the young, flourishing town, had two more daughters, Barb and Leslie, made life- long friendships, grew magnificent edible gardens and glorious floral displays. She was renowned for her pies. Her gift for friendship extended to any dog who crossed her path. In her sixties she became involved with the Prince George Art Gallery, some of the happiest years of her life. She enjoyed travel although felt there was nothing better than listening to the loons at the family cabin on Six Mile Lake. Aptly, her final two and a half years were spent in the city of New Westminster where her married life began. She continued to enjoy theatre, movies, concerts, hosting visits and being with her beloved family almost daily. In the familiar words of her favourite singer Judy Garland: Janet we know you have woken up "where the clouds are far behind you... Somewhere over the rainbow." Janet was predeceased by husband Frank and is survived by daughters Elaine, Barb (Serge), Leslie, grandchildren Claire and Marc, step-grandsons Adrian and Roger, nieces Anne (Norris) and Eileen (Maurice) as well as grandnieces and grandnephews. A private celebration of Janet's life will be held later. Those who wish to remember Janet may make a donation to the SPCA , The Knowledge Network, or a charity of their choice.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Apr. 7, 2012