Janette Orchard(1919 - 2014)

Janette Moses Armstrong Orchard

September 1, 1919 - February 10, 2014

Janette Lillian Moses was born to Otto and Rilda Moses September 1, 1919 in Des Moines, Washington. Her home looked out to the Puget Sound and behind her house was a thick forest where she loved to pick trilliums in the spring. When she was 14, her father accepted a job in Chitina, Alaska which helped the family survive the depression. Janette traveled alone on the Alaska Steamship to spend the next six summers with her parents and returned to Des Moines for school living with her grandmother.

In 1936 Janette entered Whitman College where she was a Kappa Kappa Gamma, and where she met and married her future husband, Daniel Herbert Armstrong. They lived in Umapine, Oregon where Herbert was high school principal. The War brought them to lndio, California where Herbert was in training with the 6th armored division. While there Janette gave birth to Judith Lynn. A year later Kathleen Rilda was born. After the war the family lived in Eugene, North Bend, and Beaverton where Herbert was Superintendent of Schools, adding Laurie Janette and Molly Jeanne to the family.

In 1962 the family moved to Mangla, Pakistan where Herbert established schools for a multi-national dam project. Janette organized a group to set up a women's clinic in the village of Dina. She also worked with missionaries who had developed a cottage industry to help divorced or widowed women learn a craft. With fortitude and determination Janette led her philanthropic group to open a shop to sell the embroidered items. This was a very successful enterprise with profits going directly to the women. While living overseas the family traveled extensively in Europe and Asia.

Upon their return to Eugene in 1967, Janette obtained her education credentials at the University of Oregon and Portland State. In 1968 Herbert became the Superintendent of Forest Grove schools, and Janette taught high school English in Hillsboro, Oregon for ten years. She and Herbert enjoyed many wonderful trips, and especially enjoyed traveling the United States in their VW van, and the rivers in Herbert's handmade boat.

Throughout Janette's life she was involved with her community. She was a PEO member serving in many capacities, leader of the Sunday school at the Beaverton Congregational Church, and President of the Women's Auxiliary at Forest Grove United Church of Christ. She volunteered at Valley Art, and was a member of AAUW. She was an admirable hostess, played the piano and sang, spending many years playing at Camelot Care Center in Forest Grove. She was a beloved member of her neighborhood, and a letter writer to many, many friends. She always was a voracious reader, an eloquent writer and a devoted wife and mother.

After 61 years of marriage, Herbert died in 2000; two years later Janette married a high school friend, Vance Orchard, and lived happily with him in Walla Walla, enjoying his lovely large family and many friends. After his passing in 2006, she moved to Salem to be near her daughters.

Janette is survived by her daughters Judith Lynn (Don) Coleman, Kathleen Rilda (Tony) Wildman, Laurie Janette (Alan) Carter, Molly Jeanne (Norm) Reiss; nine grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren; as well as three stepdaughters and two stepsons. She was preceded in death by her beloved parents, her brother Gene, her infant daughter, Joan Lorraine, and her adoring husbands Herbert and Vance.

Janette graced her family and friends with her intelligence, her generosity, her wit, her kindness, her sense of fun (the taffy parties! The Christmases!), her independent and adventurous spirit, her poise, her empathy, and mostly her loving, warm, beautiful smile.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 5 at 2:30 at the United Church of Christ, 2032 College Way, Forest Grove, Oregon. Gifts in her memory can be sent to Doctors without Borders, Mercy Corps or Marion County Food Share. Arrangements are by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.

Funeral Home

Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service and Oakleaf Crematory
605 Commercial St SE Salem, OR 97301
(503) 3642257

Published in StatesmanJournal on Feb. 23, 2014