Ina Jane "Janie" Myers
Ina Jane “Janie” Myers
Nov. 3, 1930-June 28, 2016
Ina Jane “Janie” Myers, 85, died June 28, 2016, in Peoria, Ariz., with her children close by.
A memorial service is at 4 p.m., Saturday, July 16, 2016, at Homer United Methodist Church. A celebration of life will follow at 5:30 p.m. at the Homer Elks Lodge.
Janie’s beautiful life began Nov. 3,1930, in Helena, Mont. She grew up in Wenatchee, Wash., with her mom (Matty) and dad (Guy), and brother Dale Kell. She graduated from Wenatchee Valley High school and immediately attended nursing school, graduating after two years at the top of her class. She moved to Hawaii, working and enjoying the tropical weather for two years with many great adventures and fond memories of her time there. She then moved back to Washington to work in the Seattle area. On one of her trips home to see family, she met Dee Myers. After a short courting they were married. Packing up all their belongings, they drove to Alaska with nothing but love and each other and settled on their homestead in Fox, Alaska, in the mid 1950s. In 1957 they welcomed their first son, Curtis. Two years later in 1959 they welcomed their daughter Doretta, and in 1961 they welcomed their third child Clinton. They moved to Anchorage in 1967, later settling in Homer in 1969 on East Hill. Janie loved gardening, cooking, and baking, walking on the beach and collecting rocks.
She continued nursing over the years, and in 1976 she went to work for the Homer school district as a school nurse. Janie loved being around people and helping everyone and anyone she could. Janie loved adventure; she traveled all over the world with her girlfriends. Even after retiring from her nursing career in 1996, she continued to travel. Janie was a very active member in the community. She devoted a lot of her time participating in the Homer Emblem Club Number 350, the Pioneers of Alaska Women’s Igloo Number 14 and the Homer Garden Club. She was a very dedicated member of the Homer Homemakers, in which she played a major role in helping acquire the first fire truck for the Homer volunteer fire department. While being an active member of the community, she met Delmore Schmidt and they fell in love. Del shared Janie’s sense of adventure. They spent their last years together traveling the U.S. However their home life was spent snow birding between Homer and Sun City, Ariz.
Janie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She is survived by her children, Curt, Dori, and Clint; grandchildren Garrett, Chance, Wade, Paige, Bri, and Riley; and great-grandchildren Easton, Dayton and John.
In further support of Janie’s works and passions, in lieu of flowers, please make donations to Homer Emblem Club Number 350 Scholarship Fund, 215 Jenny Way, Homer Alaska 99603, or Pioneers of Alaska Women’s Igloo Number 14, P.O. Box 931 Homer, Alaska 99603, or plant a flower or tree in memory of Janie.