Janet Melissa (Perry) Myrick
Passed away January 7, 2021 in Flagstaff, Arizona where she had been residing with her son, Bob, and family for the last 15 months.
She was born April 17, 1930 in Sherman County, Oregon, delivered at home by her father on Easter Sunday.
She was the daughter of Oscar Karl and Louise Janet (Hamilton) Eaton.
Raised in Pendleton, OR., Janet began her married life in Portland, OR., and then 10 subsequent years in Lake Oswego, OR., where her husband, William (Bill) Clark Perry, Jr., owned and operated a finance business, while Janet raised their three children, JoAnne, William (Corky) and Robert (Bob).
She and her husband, Bill, then packed up the family and moved to Flagstaff, AZ., in 1969 where they owned and operated the Travelodge Motel for 31 years. After Bill's passing in 1992 she moved to Kailua-Kona, Hawaii where she bought an oceanfront condo. She attended the Christian University at YWAM and went on mission trips to Indonesia and the Philippines. She also volunteered at the Kona Pregnancy Center, counseling unmarried girls and providing them with the options of adoption for their babies. Janet was also a Chaplain at the Kona Community Hospital, hosted weekly bible studies in her condo, and was very active in her church, Mokuaikaua Congregational Church. Janet was a member of Gideon's International and passed out bibles to the community. In addition, Janet volunteered at Kona Hospice offering support to patients and grief counseling to their families.
Janet met her second husband, Ted Myrick at a Pendleton High School Reunion. They were married in 2000, and enjoyed their life together in Kona until Ted's passing in 2012.
Janet loved to paint, her smile could light up a room, and she never met a stranger. Janet simply loved people, and perhaps her greatest strength was her endless and inexhaustible gift of exhorting, or "lifting" people up, to restore joy and happiness into their hearts. Her single-minded goal was to see a smile on every person's face that she met! But before all that, was her unwavering love for Jesus. She would share His love at any opportunity. In Janet's own words, she wrote, "If I could live my life over again, I would trust Jesus more."
Janet is survived by a daughter JoAnne (Steve) Rost of Dallas, Texas, son William (Cathryn) Perry of Bremerton, Washington and son Robert (Shanna) Perry of Flagstaff, Arizona, and a sister Pat (Sid) Long of Fort Bragg, California. She also has 6 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents, brothers William Eaton and Robert Eaton, husband William Perry and husband Ted Myrick.
The family plans to have a graveside service in Pendleton, Oregon sometime in the summer.
If you wish to honor Janet's memory, a donation can be made to FaithWorks, P.O. Box 2757 Flagstaff, AZ 86003 in her name. The money will be used to help dig a well for the Native Americans on the Navajo Reservation, a cause that was close to Janet's heart.
We will miss you Mom. Love always.