Janet Stewart Granger

Janet Stewart Granger

Janet Granger, 96, died at her home in Medford, Ore., on July 21, among members of her family. She was born March 1, 1912 in Puerto Rico Territory, the daughter of William McPhail Stewart and Elizabeth Lyle Stewart. After her parents' separation and divorce in 1915, Janet and her brother Alan (b. 1914) were raised by their paternal grandparents, Charles and Mary (McPhail) Stewart, of Benicia, California, and their aunts Jean, Irene, and Margaret.

Janet attended Lowell High School in San Francisco and the University of California in Berkeley, where she was a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and graduated in 1933. During her first year at Cal she met Harvey Granger (UC 1931), and the couple married in San Francisco on July 15, 1933, afterward moving to Harvey's family farm in Washington Township, Alameda County (now part of the city of Fremont).

Janet and Harvey led the strenuous but mostly peaceful existence of a California farming family for several years while their two sons, Farley and Bill, were born in 1936 and 1940. Soon after Pearl Harbor, Harvey enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as an officer in Hawaii and the South Pacific until the end of the war, while Janet kept the farm running with the assistance of neighbors.

After Harvey returned to civilian life, the couple continued to farm, and in 1949 they added a daughter, Jan, to their family.

In the early fifties, Janet became involved in the reorganization of Washington Township. She served on the Planning Commission that created the city of Fremont from the communities of Mission San Jose, Centerville, Niles, Irvington, and Warm Springs. On January 23, 1956, these communities incorporated to form the City of Fremont.

In the early sixties, Janet taught elementary school for several years. The family moved to Oregon in 1963, first to the Applegate Valley, where they continued to farm, then to Jacksonville, where she was active for many years as a volunteer for Britt, and finally, in 1977, they moved to Medford to the home where Janet lived until her death.

A long time member of the Rogue Valley Country Club, she also enjoyed golf into her eighties at the two courses built by Harvey, Warm Springs in Fremont, California, and Laurel Hill in Gold Hill. She loved bridge, and was a regular player at the Colony Club in Medford until a few months before her death. She was fond of opera, was an often frustrated fan of the San Francisco Giants, and enjoyed reading, (especially history), and visiting with friends and family. She was a generous and frequent contributor to charitable organizations. She loved to travel, and cherished memories of trips to England, Italy and Greece with her daughter, Jan.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey, in 1997, and her brother, Alan Stewart, in 1990. She is survived by her three children, Farley (her caregiver for many years), Bill (& Fran) Granger, Jan (& Peter) Fish; grandchildren Scott (& Betti) and Russell Granger and Tom Fish; nephews and nieces Julie Stewart-Lucke, Jeanie Stewart-Washburn, Heidi Stewart-Weinstein, Clarence Granger, Germaine Granger-Akin; and cousins Logan, Brewster, Robert, and Frank Gray. Two days before her death, she was happy to see an ultrasound picture of her first great-grandchild, due in March.

She will be laid to rest next to Harvey at Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward, California. No local service is planned at this time. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Medford, Oregon.

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