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JANET EDWARDS Obituary
JANET EDWARDS Janet Austin Edwards lost her courageous battle with cancer Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. Janet was born March 1, 1934, to Kenneth S. and Irene Ward Austin in Tremonton, Utah. Her early childhood was spent in Salt Lake City, Wenatchee, Wash., Great Falls, Mont., Butte, Mont., and Livingston, Mont. When she was 15, her family moved to Las Vegas. She attended and graduated from Las Vegas High School in 1952. During that time, she met the love of her life, Lee Edwards. They were married in the St. George Temple, Sept. 11, 1953. In 1955, Lee began his commission as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. During that time they lived in Kansas, Texas, and California. Upon finishing his commission, they returned to Las Vegas for a short time before moving to Salt Lake City, while Lee attended pharmacy school. In 1964, they returned to Las Vegas, where they raised their family. Lee passed away June 16, 1985. Janet remained in Las Vegas until 1997, when she moved to Parowan, Utah. Janet loved being a mother not only to her own children, but the many pre-school children she taught at Seton Academy in Las Vegas. Following the death of her beloved Lee, she went to work at the Las Vegas Valley Water District, where she remained until she retired in the spring of 1997. Janet was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She held many positions, including relief society counselor, primary teacher, young women's camp director, and most recently the funeral chairperson in the Parowan 3rd Ward. She loved and served in this position for 15 years (only being released when she was too ill to do the job) providing luncheons and compassionate service to countless families. Spending time with grandchildren and great-grandchildren was one of her greatest joys. Upon moving to Parowan, she had the opportunity to follow several of them as they participated in various activities. She was also a beautiful seamstress and developed a love for quilting. She was a member of the Beaver Quilt Guild and enjoyed spending time and sharing her talents with other members of the group. Janet is survived by children, Kim (Scott) Doubek of Parowan, Gary (Moana) Edwards of Centerville, Utah, Leslie (Scott) Cecil of Parowan, and Todd (Julee) Edwards of Las Vegas; as well as siblings, Joyce Bryan, Jeanne Beebe and Jeff Austin; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Her husband, Lee Edwards; and her parents, Kenneth S. Austin and Irene Ward Austin preceded her in death. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, in the Parowan 3rd Ward LDS Chapel, 90 South Main St. in Parowan. Friends may call Friday, Nov. 9, 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 10, from 11:30-12:30 p.m. at the church. Interment will be in the Parowan Cemetery under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary. Online condolences can be sent to www.sumortuary.com

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