Janet Claire Smyth

F, b. 4 April 1950, d. 3 December 2014
     Janet Claire Smyth was born on 4 April 1950 at Seattle, King Co., WA. She was the daughter of Norman Washburn Smyth and Beverly Jean Winston. Janet Claire Smyth died on 3 December 2014 at Yerington, Lyon Co., NV, at age 64 Obituary (findagrave.com):

Janet Claire Smyth was born on April 04 1950, to Air Force Officer Norman Washburn Smyth and former munitions factory worker/housewife Beverly Jean Winston in Seattle, WA. Janet entered an intense pitched battle with metastatic ovarian cancer on September 18 2014, only one month after moving to Yerington, with son Travis Salisbury. Her suffering ended December 03 2014. But this is a celebration of life, not a mourning of death, for every day we're alive is a miracle.

After her birth in Seattle, her father Major Norman Smyth was transferred to a base near Glendale, CA. Janet was confirmed as an Episcopalian, as her parents, and grandparents Robert and Alcy Winston had before her. Janet and parents would remain in Southern California for about eight years, until citing health concerns for Janet, due to heat, smog, and overpopulation, Norman mustered out of the Air Force and moved wife Beverly and daughter Janet to Wolf Creek in Southern Oregon, where Norman found work as a schoolteacher. There they lived on a small farm, where Janet joined 4-H, and grew to love animals including goats, horses, and chickens, as well as dogs and cats, especially cats.

Janet's love of animals continued when her and parents moved north to Roseburg, OR onto another small farm, where she befriended Kara Brown, who lived on another farm nearby. Janet Smyth graduated from Roseburg High School in 1968. Janet went on to University of Oregon in Eugene, where she would meet husband and father of her children, Jeffrey Charles Salisbury. She also met husband Jeffrey in the field of martial arts, where they fought and trained together for several years. It was in college that Janet would broaden her horizons and her love of learning. Janet, for a time, was among the ranks of the U-of-O Honors College. Janet broke off from college about halfway through to raise her family, gave birth to sons Connor Morgan Salisbury in 1974, and Travis Logan Salisbury in 1980, and continue her farming lifestyle she had been raised with around Junction City and Veneta, near Eugene, OR. Janet eventually returned to school and graduated U-of-O in 1979 with a Bachelor's in Psychology, although she would remain a diligent student of History, Theology, Anthropology, Astronomy, Physics, and Biology for the remainder of her 64 years.

Citing “lifestyle” issues, Janet's marriage to Jeffrey was beginning to deteriorate in the late 1970's, however, in the intervening years had developed a flair and passion for writing science fiction and fantasy stories. With Jeffrey's encouragement, and financial assistance, Janet attended a series of sci-fi/fantasy conventions as a parting gift, where she would meet Roger Zelazny, Jim Burke, Damon Knight, Andy Offutt, Donald Kingsbury, and HBO's Game Of Thrones creator, George R.R. Martin. Janet would continue writing until the years after her divorce from Jeffrey, following the birth of son Travis in 1980.

Sadly, Janet's works were never published because her life turned in a different direction, in her new life as a struggling single mother, and trying to help parents Norman and Beverly with their general store/animal feed store business in Hauser, near Coos Bay, OR, which ultimately went under when the local economy went into a recession in the early 1980's. Janet briefly found work as a reporter for the now defunct North Bend News and Myrtle Point Herald newspapers. Then she worked briefly at what used to be the Surplus Sporting Goods Store in Coos Bay. She later found work as a waitress at Gussie's Bar in Empire, and then as a counselor at the Ambit Detox Facility in North Bend, both long since out of business. At this point, Janet had become dissatisfied with the hard drinking party lifestyle that was so prevalent in the 1980's, and rediscovered her Christianity, and ultimately Alcoholics Anonymous, which would be a very strong defining point for the rest of her days.

From 1992-98, Janet worked on and off as a caretaker in various area nursing homes, and did an 18 month volunteer stint at the Bay Area Rescue Mission, helping provide food, clothes, shelter, and ministry to the area homeless in 1994-95. She was also caretaker to grandmother Alcy Winston during her passing months. She also pursued her hobby of nature photography and successfully entered several photos in the Coos County Fair. She had also previously belonged to the Sierra Club. After a falling out with son Travis in 1998, Janet moved back to Eugene for two years, where she met and married second husband, Michael Edward Williams, then of Eugene, OR, and worked briefly as a bus driver for a day care center and a volunteer at the Unitarian Church in Eugene. Because of poor money management/gambling issues, Mike Williams was forced to sell off his house in Elmira, near Eugene, OR and the couple returned to Coos Bay. They would finalize divorce in late 2000.

At this same time, son Travis was in college in Eugene, struggling with autism and depression issues, and not eating very well, and Janet invited him to come back home to live with her and his grandfather Norman in Coos Bay. In 2001, after retiring from what would be her last job for 8 years, as a fish counter for the Department of Fish and Wildlife, Janet and Travis took a six week vacation through the southwest states, visiting many parks, shooting many pictures, and visiting many halls of AA. It was during this trip that the tragic and fateful event of September 11, 2001 occurred with jihadists working for Al-Qaeda slamming jet planes into the World Trade Center of New York, killing upward of 3,000 people. It was a humbling experience for Janet and Travis, for they learned not to take life, or low gas prices for granted.

Janet was also a contributor to the Southwest Indian Foundation and The Nature Conservancy, two causes in which she believed. She also enjoyed watching movies with father Norman, and watching son Travis' video games, as she found the stories in those entertaining. In late 2005, father Norman's diabetes and parkinson's issues caught up with him, and Janet and Travis served as his caretakers for about a year, until he became physically too much for the two to handle, and had to be placed in a nursing home in early 2007, where he would pass four years later at 86 in 2011. Later that same year in 2007, Janet and Travis took a series of shorter trips to Northern California and Nevada, taking in the sights and scenery, and visiting many halls of AA. It was in this time that Janet fell in love with a little town in the Mason Valley, known as Yerington. She would eventually “sell” Travis on the idea of moving there, but they couldn't do it at that time because they didn't want to leave Norman alone in the nursing home.

Then the economy tanked and the money started running out. There were two years of living in somewhat reduced circumstances. Late in 2009, Janet was forced to return to work at the now defunct Bay Area Enterprises thrift store at a half-time minimum wage job that was not enough to pay rent anywhere. Travis had to stay home to care for nine cats and as many chickens. Then at the beginning of 2010, the worst moment of Janet and Travis' lives happened. Having depleted all of Norman's cash assets, and his military insurance adamantly refusing to cover, the legal representatives of his nursing home seized Norman's house in which Janet and Travis were living at the time, effectively putting them out on the street, and forcing them to give up their beloved animals. It was the saddest most heartbreaking moment of their lives.

After spending two months in the new South Coast Gospel Mission in Coos Bay, which had much stricter rules than the old Bay Area Rescue Mission that Janet had volunteered at 15 years earlier, at ages 60 and 30, Janet and Travis eventually received public housing assistance and got out of there, and not a moment too soon for the mission's director. The Bay Area Enterprises thrift store closed it's doors in April 2010, but Janet was soon hired at the Quiet Circle thrift store across the street, operated by Kathi McPherson, which is a non-profit that donates it's proceeds to a local horse ranch, where she would work another two years. She then spent about a year helping out a 94 year old woman with an acute heart condition with her garden, bearing in mind, although Janet was working and no longer homeless, she and Travis still lived in very abject poverty, where the slightest financial excess could put them right back on the street. This lasted about four years altogether. Although times were very tough, Janet and Travis still tried not too take life too seriously, have some fun once in a while, enjoy each other's company, and support each other in recovery. In July of 2014, Janet and Travis finally received father Norman's inheritance, the part the lawyers and nursing home didn't use up, and bought a couple of houses in Yerington, NV the next month, finally realizing their seven-year dream, finally surviving long years of challenges, hardships, and tough times in the name of love and family loyalty. Then Janet's short and fatal cancer battle unfolded in September, and the rest as they say, is history.

Janet is preceded in death by paternal grandparents Harold and Ruth Smyth, Ruth's second husband, Tom McLean, by maternal grandparents Robert and Alcy Winston, parents Norman Smyth and Beverly Winston, and aunt Betty Winston. Janet is survived by former father-in-law Ralph Salisbury, and his second wife Ingrid Wendt, by former mother-in-law Joyce Salisbury, by former brother in law Brian Salisbury, by first ex-husband Jeffrey Salisbury, by older son Connor Salisbury, all of Eugene, OR. Also is survived by former half-sister-in-law Martina Salisbury of New York City, by second ex-husband Michael E Williams, last known to be of Hopkins, MN, and by younger son Travis Salisbury of Yerington, NV, formerly of Coos Bay, OR. Janet has no grandchildren and never will.

A Celebration of Life service will be held 2:00pm on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at the Mason Valley Assembly of God church, 210 N. Oregon Street Yerington with Pastor Bob Bridges officiating.

Arrangements and cremation are under the direction of Freitas Rupracht Funeral Home, 25 Hwy 208 Yerington, Nevada 89447 (775) 463-2911.

Jay J. Smyth

M, b. 30 April 1877, d. 19 December 1877
     Jay J. Smyth was born on 30 April 1877 at Linn Co., IA. He was the son of James J. Smyth and Mary Ella Woods. Jay J. Smyth died on 19 December 1877 at Linn Co., IA. He was buried in December 1877 at Oak Shade Cemetery, Marion, Linn Co., IA, Findagrave #130910161.

Jeremiah Smyth

M, b. 1779, d. 15 June 1854
     Note: Born same year as his wife and died within 10 days of her in 1854. Jeremiah Smyth was born in 1779 at Eden Townland, Donaghedy Parish, County Tyrone, Ireland. He was the son of Jeremiah Smyth and (?) Craig. Jeremiah Smyth married Nancy McElhenny, daughter of James McElhenny and (?) Nesbit, in 1805 at Prospect House, Donaghedy Parish, County Tyrone, Ireland. Occupation: Presbyterian minister and farmer. Jeremiah Smyth emigrated on 24 April 1834 from from Londonderry, Ireland. He immigrated on 13 June 1834 to Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co., PA. He died on 15 June 1854 at Mt. Vernon, Linn Co., IA. He was buried in June 1854 at Mount Vernon Cemetery, Mt. Vernon, Linn Co., IA, Findagrave #102557304.

Children of Jeremiah Smyth and Nancy McElhenny

Jeremiah Smyth

M
     Jeremiah Smyth was born at Eden Townland, Donaghedy Parish, County Tyrone, Ireland. He was the son of James Smyth and (?) Rogers. Jeremiah Smyth married (?) Craig. Jeremiah Smyth died at Eden Townland, Donaghedy Parish, County Tyrone, Ireland.

Child of Jeremiah Smyth and (?) Craig

Jeremiah Smyth

M, b. circa 1868
     Jeremiah Smyth was born circa 1868 at Linn Co., IA.1 He was the son of John Smyth and Sarah Wilson.

Citations

  1. [S206] 1870 Federal Census, Linn County, Iowa. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M593, Roll 405; FHL #545904.

Jeremiah Smyth

M, b. circa 1855
     Jeremiah Smyth was born circa 1855 at Linn Co., IA.1,2 He was the son of James Smyth and Elizabeth Gormley.

Citations

  1. [S671] 1860 Federal Census, Linn County, Iowa. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M653, Roll 332; FHL #803332.
  2. [S206] 1870 Federal Census, Linn County, Iowa. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M593, Roll 405; FHL #545904.

John Smyth

M, b. 12 November 1810, d. 26 February 1882
     John Smyth was born on 12 November 1810 at Eden Townland, Donaghedy Parish, County Tyrone, Ireland. He was the son of Jeremiah Smyth and Nancy McElhenny. John Smyth married Sarah Wilson. John Smyth lived at Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co., PA; ; he moved his family from Philadelphia to Linn Co., Iowa in 1861. He died on 26 February 1882 at Mt. Vernon, Linn Co., IA, at age 71.

Children of John Smyth and Sarah Wilson

John Jeremiah Smyth1

M, b. May 1857, d. 31 January 1935
     John Jeremiah Smyth was born in May 1857 at Linn Co., IA.1,2 He was the son of Col. Robert Smyth and Margaret Moffit. John Jeremiah Smyth married Ellen L. Warren, daughter of William H. Warren and Rosina Neal, circa 1879.1,2 John Jeremiah Smyth lived in June 1900 at Franklin Twp., Linn Co., IA.2 He died on 31 January 1935 at Linn Co., IA, at age 77. He was buried in February 1935 at Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Mt. Vernon, Linn Co., IA.

Children of John Jeremiah Smyth and Ellen L. Warren

Citations

  1. [S205] 1880 Federal Census, Linn County, Iowa. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T9, Roll 0351; FHL #1254351.
  2. [S1136] 1900 Federal Census, Linn County, Iowa. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 443; FHL #1240443.

John Stephens Smyth1

M, b. 23 January 1861, d. 10 May 1921
     John Stephens Smyth was born on 23 January 1861 at Marion, Linn Co., IA.1 He was the son of Judge William Smyth and Mary Brier.1 John Stephens Smyth died on 10 May 1921 at Marion, Linn Co., IA, at age 60. He was buried in May 1921 at Oak Shade Cemetery, Marion, Linn Co., IA, Find A Grave Memorial# 130911038.

Citations

  1. [S206] 1870 Federal Census, Linn County, Iowa. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M593, Roll 405; FHL #545904.

John Wilson Smyth

M, b. circa 1852
     John Wilson Smyth was born circa 1852 at Pennsylvania.1 He was the son of John Smyth and Sarah Wilson. John Wilson Smyth married Martha Craig, daughter of Thomas Craig and Martha Smyth, after 1880.
Note: John was first cousin to his wife.

Citations

  1. [S206] 1870 Federal Census, Linn County, Iowa. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M593, Roll 405; FHL #545904.

Joseph Smyth

M, b. circa 1856
     Joseph Smyth was born circa 1856 at Pennsylvania.1 He was the son of John Smyth and Sarah Wilson.

Citations

  1. [S206] 1870 Federal Census, Linn County, Iowa. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M593, Roll 405; FHL #545904.

Margaret Smyth

F, b. circa 1824
     Margaret Smyth was born circa 1824 at Eden Townland, Donaghedy Parish, County Tyrone, Ireland.1 She was the daughter of Jeremiah Smyth and Nancy McElhenny. Margaret Smyth married John F. Cory.

Children of Margaret Smyth and John F. Cory

Citations

  1. [S4] 1850 Federal Census, Linn County, Iowa. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M432, Roll 186.

Margaret Smyth

F, b. circa 1863
     Margaret Smyth was born circa 1863 at Linn Co., IA.1 She was the daughter of John Smyth and Sarah Wilson.

Citations

  1. [S206] 1870 Federal Census, Linn County, Iowa. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M593, Roll 405; FHL #545904.

Margaret Jane Smyth1

F, b. circa 1852
     Margaret Jane Smyth was born circa 1852 at Linn Co., IA.1,2 She was the daughter of James Smyth and Elizabeth Gormley.

Citations

  1. [S671] 1860 Federal Census, Linn County, Iowa. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M653, Roll 332; FHL #803332.
  2. [S206] 1870 Federal Census, Linn County, Iowa. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M593, Roll 405; FHL #545904.

Martha Smyth

F, b. 28 January 1806, d. 20 June 1889
     Martha Smyth was born on 28 January 1806 at Eden Town, Donaghedy, County Tyrone, Ireland. She was the daughter of Jeremiah Smyth and Nancy McElhenny. Martha Smyth married Thomas Craig on 6 November 1845 at Linn Co., IA, Ceremony by Solomon Cowles, DDM. Martha Smyth died on 20 June 1889 at Mt. Vernon, Linn Co., IA, at age 83. She was buried in June 1889 at Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Mt. Vernon, Linn Co., IA, Findagrave #102556835.

Children of Martha Smyth and Thomas Craig

Martha Ann Smyth1

F, b. circa 1857
     Martha Ann Smyth was born circa 1857 at Linn Co., IA.1,2 She was the daughter of James Smyth and Elizabeth Gormley.

Citations

  1. [S671] 1860 Federal Census, Linn County, Iowa. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M653, Roll 332; FHL #803332.
  2. [S206] 1870 Federal Census, Linn County, Iowa. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M593, Roll 405; FHL #545904.

Mary Smyth1

F, b. 18 December 1888, d. 28 December 1971
     Mary Smyth was born on 18 December 1888 at Spencer, Clay Co., IA.1 She was the daughter of David Brier Smyth and Mary Pinneo.1 Mary Smyth married George Clement Fraker on 13 October 1917 at Buffalo, Johnson Co., WY. Mary Smyth and George Clement Fraker were divorced before 1926. Mary Smyth lived on 12 April 1930 at 610 West 12th Street, North Platte, Lincoln Co., NE.2 She died on 28 December 1971 at Linn Grove Cemetery, Greeley, Weld Co., CO, at age 83 Find A Grave Memorial# 65220998.

Child of Mary Smyth and George Clement Fraker

Citations

  1. [S4239] 1900 Federal Census, Rooks County, Kansas. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 498; FHL #1240498.
  2. [S1171] 1930 Federal Census, Lincoln County, Nebraska. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T626, Roll 1287; FHL #2341022.

Mary Jane Smyth

F, b. 16 July 1818, d. 28 March 1897
     Mary Jane Smyth was born on 16 July 1818 at Eden Townland, Donaghedy Parish, County Tyrone, Ireland. She was the daughter of Jeremiah Smyth and Nancy McElhenny. Occupation: Seamstress, living with sister Susan Alexander's family in 1860, 1870, and 1880 in 1860 at Pioneer Twp., Cedar Co., IA.1 Mary Jane Smyth died on 28 March 1897 at Linn Co., IA, at age 78. She was buried in 1897 at Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Mt. Vernon, Linn Co., IA.
Note: Did not marry. Tombstone inscription, above the dates, reads "Aunt Mary".

Citations

  1. [S1431] 1860 Federal Census, Cedar County, Iowa. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M653, Roll 314; FHL #803314.

Matthew A. Smyth1

M, b. circa 1859
     Matthew A. Smyth was born circa 1859 at Franklin Twp., Linn Co., IA.1,2 He was the son of James Smyth and Elizabeth Gormley.

Citations

  1. [S671] 1860 Federal Census, Linn County, Iowa. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M653, Roll 332; FHL #803332.
  2. [S206] 1870 Federal Census, Linn County, Iowa. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M593, Roll 405; FHL #545904.

Nancy Smyth

F, b. August 1807, d. 9 April 1874
     Nancy Smyth was born in August 1807 at Eden Townland, Donaghedy Parish, County Tyrone, Ireland. She was the daughter of Jeremiah Smyth and Nancy McElhenny. Nancy Smyth married Robert Alexander. Nancy Smyth died on 9 April 1874 at Linn Co., IA, at age 66.

Children of Nancy Smyth and Robert Alexander

Norman Washburn Smyth1

M, b. 21 December 1928, d. 11 February 2011
     Norman Washburn Smyth was born on 21 December 1928 at Kansas.1 He was the son of Lt. Harold Pinneo Smyth and Ruth Naomi McLean.1 Norman Washburn Smyth married Beverly Jean Winston, daughter of Robert Winston and Alcy (?), circa 1948. Norman Washburn Smyth died on 11 February 2011 at Oregon at age 82. He was buried in February 2011 at Sunset Memorial Park, Coos Bay, Coos Co., OR, Find A Grave Memorial# 74514182.

Child of Norman Washburn Smyth and Beverly Jean Winston

Citations

  1. [S1918] 1930 Federal Census, Shawnee County, Kansas. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T626, Roll 723; FHL #2340458.

R. Frank Smyth

M, b. June 1890
     R. Frank Smyth was born in June 1890 at Linn Co., IA. He was the son of Robert Smyth and Anna T. (?)

Ralph D. Smyth

M, b. 11 November 1886, d. 3 November 1889
     Ralph D. Smyth was born on 11 November 1886 at Linn Co., IA. He was the son of James J. Smyth and Mary Ella Woods. Ralph D. Smyth died on 3 November 1889 at Linn Co., IA, at age 2. He was buried in November 1889 at Oak Shade Cemetery, Marion, Linn Co., IA, Findagrave #130909925.

Robert Smyth

M, b. circa 1849
     Robert Smyth was born circa 1849 at Pennsylvania.1 He was the son of John Smyth and Sarah Wilson. Robert Smyth died Killed on the railroad.

Citations

  1. [S206] 1870 Federal Census, Linn County, Iowa. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M593, Roll 405; FHL #545904.

Robert Smyth

M, b. February 1855
     Robert Smyth was born in February 1855 at Linn Co., IA.1 He was the son of Judge William Smyth and Mary Brier. Robert Smyth married Anna T. (?) circa 1878.

Child of Robert Smyth and Anna T. (?)

Citations

  1. [S671] 1860 Federal Census, Linn County, Iowa. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M653, Roll 332; FHL #803332.

Robert Smyth1

M, b. 27 May 1895, d. February 1985
     Robert Smyth was born on 27 May 1895 at Linn Co., IA.1 He was the son of John Jeremiah Smyth and Ellen L. Warren.1 Robert Smyth died in February 1985 at Webster Co., IA, at age 89 Dates per SSDI, last residence Ft. Dodge.

Citations

  1. [S1136] 1900 Federal Census, Linn County, Iowa. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 443; FHL #1240443.

Robert Smyth

M, b. 24 April 1886, d. 19 May 1888
     Robert Smyth was born on 24 April 1886 at Marion, Linn Co., IA. He was the son of David Brier Smyth and Mary Pinneo. Robert Smyth died on 19 May 1888 at Spencer, Clay Co., IA, at age 2. Cause of death: "Black Measles" plague. He was buried in May 1888 at Riverside Cemetery, Spencer, Clay Co., IA, Find A Grave Memorial# 146675911.

Col. Robert Smyth

M, b. 26 February 1814, d. 3 April 1898
     Col. Robert Smyth was born on 26 February 1814 at Eden Townland, Donaghedy Parish, County Tyrone, Ireland.1 He was the son of Jeremiah Smyth and Nancy McElhenny. Col. Robert Smyth immigrated in 1834; from Ireland to Philadelphia, arriving 13 June 1854, and then to Linn County, Iowa. He married Margaret Moffit, daughter of William Moffit and Elizabeth Armstrong, on 2 July 1846 at Cedar Co., IA. Occupation: Banker, per 1856 Iowa census of Linn County in 1856 at Marion, Linn Co., IA. Col. Robert Smyth died on 3 April 1898 at Mt. Vernon, Linn Co., IA, at age 84. He was buried in April 1898 at Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Mt. Vernon, Linn Co., IA.

Children of Col. Robert Smyth and Margaret Moffit

Citations

  1. [S205] 1880 Federal Census, Linn County, Iowa. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T9, Roll 0351; FHL #1254351.

Samuel James Smyth

M, b. circa 1853
     Samuel James Smyth was born circa 1853 at Franklin Twp., Linn Co., IA.1 He was the son of James Smyth and Elizabeth Gormley.1 Occupation: Miller in 1880 at Mt. Vernon, Linn Co., IA.

Citations

  1. [S671] 1860 Federal Census, Linn County, Iowa. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M653, Roll 332; FHL #803332.

Sarah Smyth

F, b. circa 1860
     Sarah Smyth was born circa 1860 at Pennsylvania.1 She was the daughter of John Smyth and Sarah Wilson.

Citations

  1. [S206] 1870 Federal Census, Linn County, Iowa. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M593, Roll 405; FHL #545904.