ELY—Janet Dawn Ballew Ely 70, went to meet the Lord on July 31, 2017, at her home in Florence.
She was born April 28, 1947, to Noble and Mary in Salem, Ore., and was the second of three children.
Janet graduated from Leigh High School in San Jose, Calif., and went to West
Valley College in Saratoga. Over the next 30 years, she would go on to own and run several small businesses including a salon and a Baskin Robbin’s.
While in her early 20s, two of her greatest passions were singing and playing the piano
in her parent’s church. It was there, in 1964, where she met her future husband, Glenn Ely, when they led the church youth together in the worship.
On Jan. 27, 1968, Glenn L. Ely and Janet Dawn Ballew married, and before her passing were only months away from their 50th wedding anniversary.
Glenn and Janet lived in San Jose, Calif., for more than 40 years and raised two children. During this time, her love and compassion for others became evident — she was a mom to many in the community.
Janet’s love for the church continued, and in 1983 she and Glenn were instrumental in planting Family Community Church.
At the same time, her love for the arts grew as she became an award-winning porcelain painter and gifted quilter.
In 2005, they relocated to Florence, to her beloved northwest, where she loved tending to her garden and being a part of the local quilting club.
Janet was a wife, mother and artist.
She is survived by her loving husband Glenn; her daughter, Robin, and spouse Tim; grabd- children Morgan and Aleria; her son, Chris; and her two brothers, Ken and Ron.
Janet’s kind heart, wise words and warm hospitality will be sorely missed.
Her memorial will be held Friday, Sept. 15, at Crossroad Church, 1380 10th St., in Florence, at 2 p.m.