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In Memory of

Janis Kay Dyer

January 29, 1946 - September 11, 2017

Obituary


Janis Kay Brubaker Dyer, age 71, died of breast cancer on September 11, 2017 in Lincoln, California.

Janis is survived by her daughters, Debra Sawyer; Teresa Grindy and son in law Kevin Grindy; and three grandchildren, Kayla Grindy, Samantha Sawyer and Jessica Sawyer; her sister and brother-in-law Joanie and Cliff Knight; brother and sister-in-law Phil and Elsa Brubaker; and step sister and brother-in-law Margaret and Charles Mollencamp. She is also survived by her beloved cat Casey. She is preceded in death by her mother Louise Brubaker Wattron; and father Philip O. Brubaker.

Janis Kay Brubaker Dyer, age 71, died of breast cancer on September 11, 2017 in Lincoln, California.

Janis is survived by her daughters, Debra Sawyer; Teresa Grindy and son in law Kevin Grindy; and three grandchildren, Kayla Grindy, Samantha Sawyer and Jessica Sawyer; her sister and brother-in-law Joanie and Cliff Knight; brother and sister-in-law Phil and Elsa Brubaker; and step sister and brother-in-law Margaret and Charles Mollencamp. She is also survived by her beloved cat Casey. She is preceded in death by her mother Louise Brubaker Wattron; and father Philip O. Brubaker.

Janis Kay Brubaker Dyer was born on January 29, 1946 in San Francisco, California. She was raised in the Oakland and Lafayette areas, graduating from Acalanes High School in 1963. In her youth, she was an avid horsewoman, owning her own horse, Lady. After high school, she attended Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California. After two years of college, she married and had her two children who were raised in Carmichael, California. Jan returned to school and graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in English and Masters of Arts in Education with Honors from Sacramento State College. After teaching high school English, she returned to school to earn her PhD in Education at the University of La Verne. She taught at Mira Loma High School and Sierra Nevada College for approximately 30 years.

While English and Education were important to Jan, her family and her faith were her passions.

As a child Jan was raised in a large family that included 8 aunts and uncles and 10 cousins. They gathered as family for holidays, special occasions and frequently vacationed together. She remained the center of this large family throughout her life, sharing in their joys and sorrows. Her children and grandchildren were central to her life. She was proud of their successes and loved them dearly.

Jan was raised in a family where faith in God was essential. She was a Deacon, an Elder and a Bible study teacher in her various churches. She recently led a small women's group at Granite Springs Church. The group was her recent strength, supporting her during her fight against breast cancer.

Janis always offered welcoming arms, prayers and kind thoughts to her family, neighbors and friends surrounding her. She will be greatly missed.