Janet Anne Buchanan

1919 - 2013


Memorial services for Janet Anne Still Buchanan will be

conducted at the First Presbyterian Church in Walla Walla Saturday

April 27th at 2:30 pm.

Janet was born in Claresholm, Alberta Canada on October 27,

1919 to James Still and Mary Gallaher. Not long after, the family

moved to Milton Freewater, Oregon where Janet grew up and the

family farmed on Dry Creek. She attended the University of Oregon

and graduated from Oregon State College in 1942 with a BS in Home

Economics specializing in Nutrition. In WWII, she was a Technician

5th Grade in the Women’s Army Corps stationed with the Coast

Artillery AA Unit protecting Washington DC. Janet then worked as a

writer for the Oregonian newspaper in Portland Oregon.

Janet fell in love and married Martin Huber Buchanan on June 8,

  1. Their life together included 55 years of marriage while, loving

and raising four children, farming, traveling, engaging in community

support organizations, and gathering an ever-growing circle of friends

for life. The love of her life, Martin, passed on Dec 6, 2001. Gramma

Janet enjoyed the adoring chaos of 12 grandchildren and 18 greatgrandchildren,

and “too many to count” people who knew her as their

surrogate mother, grandmother, and mentor.

Janet was a gracious, kind woman, who cared about the community

she lived in, and devoted most of her life to helping others. She looked

for the positive in everyone who crossed her path. In doing so, Janet

always looked for ways to invest of herself in the enrichment of the

community, helping individuals, and particularly young women fi nd

safe environments and reach their potential. The many organizations

she joined and supported included; the YWCA (past president),

Sunshine Club, PEO, Carnegie Art Center, Tally Ho, and the First

Presbyterian Church.

She was wise and witty, interested and interesting, committed

to family, friends, and community, and a joy to be around. She had

an inner sense of character that served her in both leadership and


Janet had a way of making friends feel like family with her sincere,

warm demeanor, gentle smile, infectious laugh, and clever sense of

humor. She led by example and served as a role model for family,

friends and community.

Janet is survived by her daughter Patty Burnet of Moro Oregon,

sons Craig and wife Karen, Robert and wife Jane, Jim and wife Sally,

all of Walla Walla, and Janet’s sister Agnes Goodman of Richland,

Washington. Preceding Janet in death were her husband Martin, and

brothers Alistair Still of Springfi eld, Oregon, and James Still of Milton


Memorial contributions can be made directly to the Walla Walla

YWCA or First Presbyterian Church or through the Herring Groseclose

Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder St. WW, WA 99362

In Loving Memory

Janet Anne Buchanan

Oct 27,1919 – Feb 14, 2013


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