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CAVELL, MYRLE BEATRICE Dec. 13, 1901 to Jan. 22, 2006 Those who knew her, and there were many, marveled that she remembered names of her many clients, their children and even what house she had sold them. As a real estate broker her career covered 60 years from 1925-1985. She loved finding the right house for each client. Many clients came back to her when they needed a bigger home and then again for the smaller one when their children moved away. Born in Canada to Scottish parents, Duncan and Sarah McGregor, she came to the United States where she proudly became a citizen. San Diego became her home when she married her husband, Ray Cavell, and entered the real estate market. "She is a positive spirit. We could learn from her." said Jerry Williamson whose mother, Eileen Jackson, and Myrle became a close team. She had one daughter, Sally Johns, who preceded her in death. She was survived by her granddaughter, Janet Shafran, who was sadly killed in an airplane crash while coming to settle her grandmother's final arrangements. She leaves behind four wonderful great-grandchildren and many who thought of her as their own Grandma Cavell. A real professional in her work and a most loyal and loving friend. SHAFRAN, JANET JOHNS <#1> 1959 to 2006 Janet Johns Shafran, a mother, wife and an active hands on charity worker who raised money and awareness for those around her in Washington DC, New York, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Sun Valley, Idaho, died in a plane accident on January 24, 2006. She was traveling to San Diego to handle arrangements for her beloved grandmother, Myrle Cavell. She was 46. A native of San Diego, Janet moved to Los Angeles in 1977 and attended UCLA. She graduated with a degree in Art History in 1981. She made the first of many life changing moves when she left for Washington DC upon graduation from UCLA. In Washington DC she met her husband Steven in 1982 and was married in Christ Church, Georgetown in 1987. She left Washington and moved to New York City in 1984, Rye, NY in 1991, Hong Kong in 1993, Singapore in 1995, back to Hong Kong in 1999 and finally to Sun Valley, Idaho in 2004. Throughout the world she touched those around her with her energy and dedication to her family and local charities. Among the many charities with which she worked were the James Brady Foundation in Washington DC, the Kips Bay Boys Club of NY, the Girl Scouts of New York, the Hong Kong International School, Riding for the Disabled in Singapore, Watchdog and Summerbridge in Hong Kong. In Sun Valley she directed her energy towards the Lee Pesky Learning Center and the Community School. On her last weekend she helped coordinate the school's annual auction dinner, its first scavenger hunt on skis and was made chairman of the Lee Pesky Learning Center Wood River Valley Committee. Given the many years she spent overseas, her family has been touched by the notes, thoughts and prayers from friends in Asia, Europe, Africa and the US. Two thoughts in particular seem to capture Janet's spirit. "For now we are all, as a family, honored to have known Janet. She made a difference to all our lives, not least our children, through her innate kindness and sensitivity. She was a bright light who shone rays of laughter and life at all who crossed her path. We are glad we knew her and we will miss her deeply." "She was such an inspiration to me, she had that incredible combination of being an incredible mother, an incredible wife and yet such a fun loving, caring wonderful friend who made time for all of us." Janet is survived by her husband Steven and their four wonderful children, Annie, Maggie, Reid, and Isabelle. She is also survived by her father, the Honorable Kenneth Johns of Sedona, Arizona and her extended San Diego family. The family plans to hold memorial services in London and Hong Kong later this Spring. In lieu of flowers, the family would be touched if you would make a donation to the Janet Shafran Memorial Fund, Lee Pesky Learning Center, 3324 Elder Street, Boise, ID 83705. Please sign the guest book at obituaries.uniontrib.com
Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Feb. 14, 2006
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