Janet Elaine Westphal (neé Davis) peacefully passed from this world in the arms of Jesus and took her first breaths of new life in heaven on Aug. 11, 2018 encircled by her family and dear friends.
Janet will be lovingly remembered by her husband of nearly 52 years, Gary, her children Todd (Julie) and Crista (Richard Faw) and her grandchildren Jared and Zoë. She is also survived by her youngest brother Richard P. Davis (Kathy), and many other extended family including brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews and nieces. Janet was predeceased by her parents Donald and Grace Davis, sister Linda Flint and brother Donald Davis.
Janet was born on Aug. 22, 1943 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She graduated from Marion High School in 1961 and attended business school at the Professional Business Institute in Minneapolis, MN. Janet was working as a Medical Secretary when she met Gary at the Silver Spur Ranch, near Gresham, Wisconsin. They were married in 1966. Janet supported Gary through his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine training before he joined the US Army in 1970. With two small children, Janet moved with Gary to Kamloops, B.C. in 1972.
Janet poured her energy into being a full-time supportive mother as well as keeping the home running smoothly. She spent a lot of time road-tripping to visit family in the Midwestern United States each year, camping in their motorhome, attending Kamloops Blazer hockey games, crafting and sewing, reading, traveling, taking cruises and spending time with grandchildren. Janet was also actively involved with St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church for over 40 years in the Alter Guild and Women’s Bible Study. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends.
A Celebration of Life will be at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, 815 Renfrew Avenue, Kamloops, BC on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 2 p.m.
The family would like to thank the staff at Royal Inland Hospital Cancer Clinic, Dr. Lawrie, Dr. Gabriel and the amazing staff at Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice for their gentle and supportive care for Janet.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the B.C. Cancer Society or Kamloops Hospice Society.