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August 8, 1942-June 11, 2009

Janet Oxford, 66, died June 11, 2009 in her Eagle River home.

Janet enjoyed adventure and challenge. She was a scuba diver, equestrian, and world traveler. In a country noted for strong people, Janet stood out for her remarkable fortitude, positive outlook, and warm and caring personality. Janet was an inspiration, optimistically battling breast cancer for over 14 years. She said there was just too much to do to let the cancer get in the way. Janet owned and operated Draftments, Designs and Delineations for 25 years, designing custom homes and commercial buildings. She was a talented and accomplished artist, creating works in oil painting, photography, wood and soapstone carving, pen and ink renderings, wedding cakes and the Iditarod pewter stein design, to name a few. As a pilot, she was active with the Alaska 99's International Women Pilots, having proudly designed the 2008 International Conference logo. She was past president of the Serum Run Board of Directors, and loved to travel by snow machine, guiding and camping with recreational dog drivers.

Born August 8, 1942 to John and Margaret Hathaway in Albany, California. Her mother later married Herb Rold, who often took Janet flying as a little girl. She grew up in the rice farming community in Richvale, California. Her parents converted an old school house into their home. In 8th grade, she won the "Make it with Wool 4-H Contest", sewing a full length, lined wool coat. As a senior in high school, her parents enrolled her in the Famous Artist Course. Every Friday after school, the family loaded up into their old jeep to camp and fish in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

In 1976, Janet and her husband, Kelly Sprague and three children moved from Orland, California to Chugiak, Alaska. She and Kelly built their Chugiak home. She signed up for drafting classes at Anchorage Community College in the early Œ80's, and later taught classes. In 1990, she started her 8-year project to personally build her Eagle River home. Janet met all requirements and in 1997 and became a professional member of the American Institute of Building Design.

Janet is survived by her husband of 14 years, Wayne Oxford; her mother, Margaret Rold of Richvale, California; her son and daughter-in-law, Lance and Stacey Sprague of Wasilla, Alaska; her daughter and son-in-law, Susie and Bill Haszelbart of Elizabeth, Colorado; her daughter and son-in-law, Rennya and Greg Weber of Arlington, Washington. She also leaves her sister and brother-in-law, Carol Hathaway and Ken Funk of Colorado; her sister and brother-in-law Marlene Rold and Carty Grubbs of California; her sister and brother-in-law, Caryn and Doug Hall of Arizona; nephews, Cody and Chad Rold-Gmuca of California; grandchildren, Mae and Charlie Sprague of Alaska, and Anna and Sam Haszelbart of Colorado; and great-grandchildren, Trace Anderson, and Lance and Vince Bournival of Alaska; and dogs, Angel & Tyrone.

Family and Friends are invited to Janet's Memorial service at her cousins home on Saturday, July 18, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. at 432 Todd Court, Chico.

Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on July 16, 2009
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