May 27, 1945 — Aug. 22, 2013
Janet Leigh (Lyford) Braden of McMinnville, Ore., passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her family on Aug. 22, 2013, after a long illness. Graveside services will be held at Mountain View Cemetery on Sept. 7, 2013, at 11 a.m. in the morning.
Janet was born to James Henry and Leigh Ora (Overby) Lyford on May 27, 1945, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Walla Walla. She was educated in Walla Walla and Milton-Freewater, graduating from Walla Walla High School in 1963. She went on to earn her B.A. in elementary education and language arts in 1968 from Washington State University. Janet resided in Walla Walla and Milton-Freewater before moving to Portland in 1973. She married Jon M. Braden on Nov. 27, 1974. They then moved to Seattle in 1980 and McMinnville in 1983.
Janet was an elementary school teacher in College Place, and Vancouver, from 1968-1978. She was very active in and devoted to her parish at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in McMinnville for close to 30 years. She was involved in many aspects of church life through the years, including most recently: the prayer chain, Wednesday morning prayer group, altar guild, L.E.V. and the healing ministry. She also served as secretary/ bookkeeper at St. Barnabas for 14 years. Janet was a member of PEO-Chapter Y.
Throughout her life, family was very important to Janet and she enjoyed sharing in many activities with her relatives. She loved to read and discovered a love of camping in her later years. She enjoyed traveling to Arizona with her husband Jon for the winter months. Janet loved all God’s creatures and was a sweet and loving soul who will be missed by all who loved her.
Janet is survived by her loving husband, Jon; and two daughters, Jenny and Julie. She is also survived by her brother, Jerry Lyford; sister, Judy Carroll; and brother, Jeff Lyford all of Walla Walla. She has many nieces and nephews; two aunts; and four cousins along with their children; and grandchildren most of whom reside in Southeast Washington and Northeast Oregon.
Memorial donations may be given to St. James Episcopal Church in Milton-Freewater or the Walla Walla Hospice c/o Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater. To leave a condolence on line visit www.munsellerhodes.com