Sunday, March 15, 2009

Janet Carol Lane Eaton 1953-2009

Dear Blogger friends of Janet -- today is the last post, a tribute to Janet. Her obituary is below.
Thank you all for the marvelous support you have provided us in this most difficult time. Don't delete your URL-- Kaley, who is a marvelous writer, has promised to write a few tributes to her mom for posting on the 'Mukilteo Musings' blog!


Janet Lane Eaton, J.D., passed away peacefully on March 15, after a short but courageous battle with colon cancer, at the age of only 56. Janet was born to Virginia and David Lane in Deer Lodge, MT on January 8, 1953. She grew up in Helena, MT, where she met the love of her life, David Eaton, at the tender age of 16. Dave and Janet attended Montana State University, where Janet graduated in 1974 with a degree in Secondary Education and minor in French. Janet and Dave were married in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Helena, MT, in 1973. They moved to Kansas City, KS, where Janet completed her law degree at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and Dave completed his PhD from the University of Kansas Medical Center. They moved to Seattle in 1979, where Janet joined the law firm of Schroeter, Goldmark and Bender as one of the first women attorneys in the firm, and Dave joined the Faculty of the University of Washington. After six years of practicing trial law, Janet gave birth to Lucas, and three years later, Kaley. They moved to Mukilteo, WA in 1989, where they have lived since. Janet devoted most of the rest of her life to raising her two precious children, while serving occasionally as an arbitrator in the King and Snohomish County courts. She wrote beautifully about her life in Mukilteo in her widely read blog, “Mukilteo Musings”, making many friends that she never met in person. Janet loved life in the Pacific Northwest, and was an inspiration to the many people whose lives she touched. She will be greatly missed by all. She is survived by her loving children, Lucas and Kaley, her adoring husband, Dave, her mother, Virginia Lane of Helena, MT, her brother, James Lane and his wife, Kathy, of Sheridan, MT, numerous nieces and nephews, and, of course, her faithful companion in life, Apolo the Golden Retriever. She has now joined her natural father, David Lane, in Heaven. A Memorial Celebration of Janet’s life will be held at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral on Monday, March 23, 2009, at 2:00 pm, with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, please send remembrances to either: Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, 825 Eastlake Ave E , PO Box 19023, Seattle WA 98109-1023, or St. Hilda-St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church , 15224 52nd Ave W, Edmonds, WA.