Willette Janes


Posted: Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Longtime Douglas resident Willette Patricia Janes, 77, died in her home in the early morning on April 29, 2006, with family at her side.

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She was born Nov. 15, 1928, in Carmel, Calif. She arrived in Juneau in 1964 with her husband Howard Lockwood and their four young children.

Family members said, "The Lockwood kids were known for their many adventures and near misses as they grew up in Juneau. Somehow, all managed to survive to adulthood, and Willette was able to move on to the next chapter of her life."

Family members added that the Juneau Ski Patrol was her love for more than 32 years. She received an honorary national patrol appointment for her service and actively patrolled at Eaglecrest until last year. For years, fellow patrollers ate the cookies she would bring to the mountain-top "Nest."

She could always be found in the mountains with her many hiking companions during the summer. At the summit, she would pull a porcelain cup from her pack and serve herself tea, a tribute to her Scottish heritage. She was on the Trail Mix Board of Directors and was instrumental in many upgrades to local trails.

According to her family, local mining history became her passion, and she was a recognized expert.

"She extensively explored local mines and recently donated her collection of historic items to the Juneau Douglas City Museum," said family members.

She served as president of the Gastineau Channel Historical Society for many years. In the 1980s, she authored a local trail guide, "In the Miners' Footsteps," which family members said combined her loves of hiking and local mining history. The book is now in its fifth edition.

Family members said, "A bundle of Scottish energy, Willette could rarely sit still for long. From trails to skis to mines, Willette directed her energy toward the community she loved."

She was issued a legislative commendation earlier this year for her dedicated service and many contributions to Juneau.

She is survived by her husband of 31 years, Bob Janes; children, Bruce (Shannon) Lockwood, Ginny (Kevin) Johnson, JoAnn (Dave) Thomas and Dale (Pam) Lockwood; grandchildren, Heather, Corey and Jarrett; sister, Ada Morton; brother, Vincent Torras; several nieces and a nephew; and numerous Janes family members.

A life celebration and high tea with friends and family will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 5, at Eaglecrest. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice and Home Care of Juneau.

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