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Obituary (TX): Mrs. Janice (Edgar R. Meyer '43)

Posted on 06/06/2018

Janice Irene Bates Meyer Left to be with Our Lord and join her husband of 65 years, son and loved ones on May 30, 2018 at age 97 1/2. She lived a long and wonderful life, full of the love she passed on to all who knew her. Born on September 4th, 1920 in Johnstown, PA, Janice maintained her friendships formed in Wilson Heights throughout her life, even appearing on a TV variety show together in the 50's. She married her high school sweetheart, Edgar Robert Meyer on June 20, 1942 just days before he shipped off to war upon accelerated graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy. With her mother-in-law by her side, she traveled to the west coast on gas coupons hoping to catch his ship in port. Together she and our father lived a bi-coastal life as he pursued his Naval career. Janice was the consummate Navy wife, entertaining, volunteering, and caring for her family until his retirement from Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in 1971. An outdoor enthusiast into her 70's, they hiked, fished, canoed, boated and camped in just about every corner of the U.S. from their home in Gig Harbor, WA. They moved to Brenham, Texas in 2001 to live nearer family. Janice loved to travel, attend community theater, promote local artists and entertain family and friends. She accepted everyone and her door was always open. Janice is survived by her daughters Karen (Sam) Pemberton of Austin, Texas and Anne (Marv) McCleary of Hobe Sound, Florida as well as her beloved grandchildren, Ryan Meyer, Brian Pemberton, Cassie Delarue, Jeff Johnson and Kelsey Baker, and 5 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Edgar Robert Meyer, USN (Ret.), her son Robert John, and her brother Harry Ernest Bates. Family and close friends will hold a celebration of life this summer in the Pacific Northwest near their favorite hiking area in the Goat Rocks Wilderness at their request. Our mother will be greatly missed. Her children would like to give thanks to the staff of Arden Courts in Austin, TX for their excellent care.

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