Janie Nelles Calvert passed away in Palos Verdes Estates, California on October 15th surrounded by family and friends. Janie was born and raised in Mount Vernon, Washington in the heart of her beloved Skagit Valley. She grew up surrounded by relatives, as her parents were also born in this same small town. Janie spent her summers picking strawberries and even drove a pea truck when she was 18. She turned the truck over in a ditch at one point but didn't lose her job. After graduating from Mount Vernon High School where she was involved in a myriad of activities, she matriculated to the University of Puget Sound. While at UPS she pledged the Pi Phi Sorority and made friends who would stay close to her throughout her life. It was at "the Pug" that she also discovered the Arts and her passion for theatre would never leave her. Following graduation from college Janie moved to Southern California and took a job teaching elementary school in Palos Verdes. And while her career as a teacher spanned several schools over 25 years, the impact she had on her students will last far longer. Early into what she thought of as her "California adventure", Janie met and married Michael Calvert. They had two children, Mike and Chrissy and resided in Palos Verdes Estates, California. While she often hoped to return to the Pacific Northwest, California allowed her to develop her passions for the beach, running, design, and travel. And she often combined them. In her later years Janie served on staff at the River Church of the South Bay where she was able to use her deep love of Jesus to lead, serve, and mentor others. Janie is survived by her sister Judy Cycon of Los Angeles, her brother Warren of Billings, Montana, her son Mike, her daughter Christine, and her grandchildren; Matthew, Sarah, Jack, Charlie, Kate, and Jack. A graveside service will be held on Friday, April 9th at 11:30am at Bayview Cemetery in Bellingham.

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