March 1st, 1937 – December 24th, 2011
After a valiant two-year battle with cancer, Janet passed away peacefully with family at her side at Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice Home in Kamloops, BC.
Janet (nee Craig) was born in Winnipeg, MB, the fourth of six children to Stuart and Norah Craig. Her school years were spent in Terrace, BC, where she first met her husband Keith in 1953. They were married June 1st, 1957 and lived in Vancouver and Penticton before finally settling in Kamloops in August 1964.
She will be deeply missed by her husband Keith, four children, Shelley (Ian) Robertson, Michael (Cheryl), Greg (Judi), and Karla (Shea) Hewitt and her five grandchildren Ryan (Nicole), Lisa (Mike), Brendan, Kelli, and Victoria. Predeceased by her parents Stuart and Norah, her sister Valerie and brother in-law Ted. She is survived by her brothers Stuart (Constance), Robert, John (Pat), sister Arlene (Len), sister in-law Audrey, brother in-law Don (Shirley) and many loving nieces and nephews.
Janet had many talents: an avid gardener, weaver, and a very competitive tennis player. She was a member of both the Kamloops Arts and Crafts at Heritage House and Kamloops Tennis Centre for many years. She won many medals competing in tennis at the BC Senior Games. Her most recent achievement was a gold medal in the ladies doubles 70+ one month prior to being diagnosed with cancer in October 2009. Janet loved her time at the cabin at Shuswap Lake where many hours were spent enjoying her flower garden, tennis, family and entertaining friends.
Thank you to the nurses at Royal Inland Hospital, particularly those working in the Cancer Clinic. A special thank you also to the wonderful staff and volunteers at the Kamloops Hospice Home for their compassionate care during her final five weeks. Also, a heartfelt thanks to Drs. Robert Thomasse, Bradley Proctor and Christopher Stabler for their expertise and ongoing care during Janet’s cancer journey. The family would also like to thank all the friends who provided continued support and companionship over the past two years.
A celebration of life will be held at the Kamloops Coast Hotel Convention Centre (formerly Kamloops Towne Lodge) 1250 Rogers Way, Kamloops on Saturday, January 7th, 2012 at 11:00 am.
A memorial will be held in the summer at the cabin at Shuswap Lake, date to be announced later. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Kamloops Hospice Association and/or Royal Inland Hospital Foundation would be greatly appreciated.