OBITUARY

Janet Elaine Tarrant

6 March, 193723 May, 2021
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Janet Elaine (Derke) Tarrant, age 84, of Bath, Michigan, passed away on Sunday May 23, 2021. She was born on March 6,1937 in Lansing, Michigan, to Alvin Albert Derke and Tillie (Nickols) Derke. She married Jerry William Tarrant on July 1,1955 and they enjoyed 59 years together until his passing in 2015.

Janet is survived by her children Glenn (Ellyn)Tarrant, Cindy Pascoe, Greg (Linda)Tarrant, and Jill Tarrant; her sister Shirley Derke; 21 grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers Donald Derke and Gary Derke, and granddaughter Keegan Tarrant.

Janet was a pivotal member of the Greater Lansing Church of Christ. She freely shared her faith with family, friends and strangers without judgement, only love. Among her many services to her church family, she spent countless hours organizing support for and traveling to Honduras to establish the School of the Good Samaritan. These efforts allowed many children to receive an education which otherwise would not have been possible.

Aside from her commitment to the church, Janet was an avid Spartan and Bath Bees fan. More importantly, she was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend who enjoyed tending her flower gardens, feeding the birds and crocheting treasured afghans that each of her grandchildren has received or will receive on their 16th birthday. Gathering for a meal and special celebrations brought her great joy. She had a special gift of making anyone she spent time with feel important. Her wit and quick calculations--even during her final days--made her a tough opponent around the family game table, yet she was the first to laugh at herself.

Visitation for Janet will be held on June 16, 2021 at Gorsline Runciman DeWitt Chapel, 205 E. Washington, DeWitt, MI 48820 from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Please join us as we celebrate Janet’s life on June17, 2021, at the Hawk Hollow Chapel,15101 Chandler Rd, Bath Twp., MI 48808. The service will begin at 11:00 a.m. with a visitation starting at 10:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Micah 6 Community, an organization committed to improving the lives in a struggling neighborhood, that Janet has supported since its inception. 32 Newberry Street, Pontiac, MI 48341, https://www.micah6community.com/

The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes in Dewitt, MI. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.grdewitt.com for the Tarrant family.

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, 16 June , 2021

  • Visitation

    Thursday, 17 June , 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, 17 June , 2021

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Ruth Densteadt

30 May 2021

Sincerest condolences to the Tarrant family. Janet was a special friend to my sister Janet Alward, who passed away last July. Always had a smile on her face...great lady ⚘⚘⚘

Alice Jean Loomis

30 May 2021

To Janet's family she was a great friend and lady and will be missed by many we have known them it seems forever and they both will be missed, please know that we care, Sincerely Alice Jean and Wayne Loomis

Randy and Diane Rhodes

28 May 2021

We met the Tarrant family almost 50 years ago at University Church of Christ on Bogue St near MSU. In all the years we have known Janet, I can never remember seeing her without a smile and twinkling eyes. Her sweet spirit and servant's heart was an inspiration and example to our young family. Glenn, Greg, Cindy & Jill, we mourn the loss of your Mom, yet at the same time, celebrate the home-going of our sweet sister. Praying for you and all the family.

Teresa Bass

26 May 2021

I have known Janet my entire life. She was an important part of my childhood, teenage years and adult life. During the many years that I didn't live in Michigan, it was seeing Janet at church that made me feel I had come home. She was such a valuable part of our Greater Lansing church family, I saw her as the matriarch of this family and was a good example of the Christian I want to be. I know she was ready and prepared to go home but selfishly I will miss her. I send my love and sympathy to the family.

Dennis and Joyce Haner

26 May 2021

One of our most cherished memories of college is meeting Janet and Jerry Tarrant and their wonderful family at our campus ministry and church. Even then she was such a role model for me as a young married woman. To this day, our family has some treasured recipes that we attribute to Janet. Her willingness to serve college students at a time when many families would be focusing on themselves was such an inspiration. Her influence on so many people will go on forever.

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Biography

Janet Elaine (Derke) Tarrant, age 84, of Bath, Michigan, passed away on Sunday May 23, 2021. She was born on March 6,1937 in Lansing, Michigan, to Alvin Albert Derke and Tillie (Nickols) Derke. She married Jerry William Tarrant on July 1,1955 and they enjoyed 59 years together until his passing in 2015.

Janet was a pivotal member of the Greater Lansing Church of Christ. She freely shared her faith with family, friends and strangers without judgement, only love. Among her many services to her church family, she spent countless hours organizing support for and traveling to Honduras to establish the School of the Good Samaritan. These efforts allowed many children to receive an education which otherwise would not have been possible.

Aside from her commitment to the church, Janet was an avid Spartan and Bath Bees fan. More importantly, she was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend who enjoyed tending her flower gardens, feeding the birds and crocheting treasured afghans that each of her grandchildren has received or will receive on their 16th birthday. Gathering for a meal and special celebrations brought her great joy. She had a special gift of making anyone she spent time with feel important. Her wit and quick calculations--even during her final days--made her a tough opponent around the family game table, yet she was the first to laugh at herself.