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Janice Hart White

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WHITE, JANICE HART Denver Artist, 84 Janice Hart White, artist and craftswoman, died of natural causes at the Hospice of Metro Denver on September 8, 2002. Born March 6, 1918 in Brookline, Massachusetts, Ms. White was the only child of renowned landscape architect Stanley Hart White, and Blanche Bigney. Her uncle, the writer E.B. White, began his book "Stuart Little" for Ms. White, known in her family as "Mouse" -- but joked that she grew up before he finished the book. Like the title character she inspired, Ms. White felt her lifes adventures beckoned beyond the boundaries of her close-knit New England family. She headed west to Colorado after graduating, cum laude with a B.A. in Fine Art from the University of Illinois at Urbana, where she was also a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. Ms. White was known for her grace, her self-effacing wit, her joy in natures beauty and in animals - qualities revealed in her work as an artist. She created the "reading carousel" which greeted readers in the Denver Public Librarys childrens library for many years. She also created collateral materials and special exhibits for the DPL public relations department. Ms. Whites illustrations graced many periodicals, including the New Yorker and Sunset magazines. She was an accomplished weaver, and member of the weavers guild; a braillist for the blind, and an active supporter of animal-related charities. Ms. White is survived by relatives in the White, Bigney and Lovell families. Ms. Whites life will be celebrated at a memorial service in the Courtyard at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 2201 Dexter Street in Denver, on Saturday, October 5, 2002 at 5 p.m. Contributions in Ms. Whites memory can be made to the World Wildlife Fund, the Denver Dumb Friends League, or the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Published in Denver Post on Sept. 29, 2002
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