JANIS JOANNE GRAY
1941 - 2020
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Janis Joanne Haskell Gray passed away peacefully in the comfort of her home with her beloved husband. In her final years she was loved, adored and assisted by the love of her life, Duane, to whom she was married for over 59 years. Janis was born in El Centro, California, to Paul and Thelma Haskell. She met Duane in January 1959 while he was stationed in the Navy in El Centro and they married in 1961. They moved to Pomona, CA for 5 years before returning to El Centro where they lived until they moved to Durango, Colorado in 2000. Janis worked many years for the El Centro Elementary School District until she retired in 1998. She loved kids and if you had a reason to visit the office, you could always expect a hug from her. Janis (and Duane) opened their home to numerous foster children over the years and she loved each child just like they were her own children. She was also a devoted member of Central Baptist Church in El Centro at the corner of Ross and Imperial. She was instrumental in helping to raise funds to build the gymnasium. She loved working with the youth and even after her two children moved away to college, she (and Duane) still had the church youth over for Bible study and volleyball games. Her family was very involved in The De Anza Rescue Unit in the Imperial Valley and quite often she used her Ham Radio license to communicate with the Searchers. When they lived in Pomona, Janis met Ray Bates who later introduced her to Class 10-1200 race cars. She was the co-driver and the family spent several years as pit crew to Bates Engineering moving from one off-road race to another. When Janis wasn't taking care of her family, working, volunteering, or riding in a race car, you could find her making jewelry with her sister Paula, sewing Halloween costumes, belly dancing, and after moving to Durango, riding quads. Janis loved unconditionally and was loved in kind. If you met her, you would remember her smile and the kindness she showed in everything she did. She made being a mother and wife seem easy and her presence will be missed greatly. She is not a memory to be forgotten but a memory to be shared. Janis was preceded in death by her Father, Paul "Mutt" Haskell, her Mother, Thelma House Haskell; her beloved sister, Paula Haskell Townsel; her brother-in-law, James Townsel; her nephew, Wesley Paul Townsel and his two children Cody and Tanner Townsel, as well as several aunts and uncles. Janis is survived by her husband, Duane Gray; her children, Cheri Price (Daniel) and Cindy Tengler (Eric); her grandchildren, Adam Price and Cady Price; her niece, Lori Cooper and family; her sister-in-law, Glenda Wells and family; her aunts, Margaret Dickson and Marlene House; and too many cousins to count. A private service will be held in Durango, Colorado. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to your local hospice organization in the name of Janis Gray.

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Published in Imperial Valley Press Online on Sep. 19, 2020.
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October 10, 2020
I am so saddened to hear about Janis I use to deliver mail to the school where she worked and have lunch with her,I use to work with her husband Duane at UPS in El Centro before working for the post office they lived on Glenwood and I soon delivered mail to them watching their house being built Janis and Duane were good friends with me they talked about moving to Colorado and Jimmy Green from Holtsville im so sorry she passed Duane she was your rock and she would easily made you laugh what a personality I was drawn to her and adored both of them please keep in contact with me
Trish McCollum
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And ups with Duane
PATRICIA MCCOLLUM
Friend
October 10, 2020
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
PATRICIA MCCOLLUM
Friend
October 1, 2020
I worked with Janis for many years at De Anza Elementary School in El Centro. She was a very loving and kind person. She always made me laugh. Rest in peace my friend.
Aurelia De La Rosa
Coworker
September 23, 2020
She was SUPER SWEET to me and I always remember a conversation we had when she asked me what I was gonna doi in my life. She did it in a way that I took with me and will always remember.
Grant Niday
Friend
September 22, 2020
Janis was an amazing person. Her home was always a welcome place for the youth group. We had such laughs & great times. She always had hugs for everyone. Enjoy Glory Janis. See you soon.
Kathi Derr
Friend
September 22, 2020
Duane, Cheri and Cindy, I'm so incredibly sorry for your loss. Janis was such a kind soul, full of spunk and just so loving. Prayers for you all.
Susan Farrar
Friend
September 22, 2020
I have only beautiful memories of Janis. She, Duane and the girls were dear friend of our family. You couldn’t meet Janis and not smile. I can’t imagine Duane and the girls pain at this time. I love you guys very much. I am glad that Janis is visiting with the Lord, her family, and my parents. God speed Janis!❤ (Duane I still can’t iron)
Denise Kennedy Dorsey
Friend
September 21, 2020
I Remember Janis very well. I worked for the School District in El Centro
what a sweet person always was a very friendly and kind person. RIP Janis Prayers and God Bless Family.
Ella Marie Rogers, Alloway
Friend
September 21, 2020
Sending sincere condolences from our family remembering years of shared memories spent with the House/Haskell families going back to
the lifelong friendship of our grandparents, Seth & Dela Grimes.
We’ve known Janis since childhood, remember attending Janis & Duane’s
wedding. May the blessings of your memories console you now & forever .
Paula Rice, Mike Smith, John & Delia Bruner-Ensley
Friend
September 19, 2020
duanne, cheri, and cindy, so sad to hear the news of janice's passing. her life has impacted untold numbers, and may all of you be consoled by the fact you will be reunited. may God be with you all during this most difficult time.
jon driffill
Friend
September 19, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Greg Din
Friend
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