Janet Lee Mayes

July 20, 1948February 7, 2021

Janet Lee Mayes, 72, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Sunday, February 7, 2021.

Born July 20, 1948 in Pittsburgh, PA, she was a daughter of the late James and Hattie Harris Young.

Janet attended Gilmary Catholic School for Girls in Coraopolis, PA. She received an academic scholarship and attended Carlow College in Pittsburgh, PA for two years. She then relocated to San Diego, CA, completed her undergraduate studies, and received a Master of Business Administration at National University. Janet worked at Teledyne Ryan Aeronautical as a Project Manager specializing in budget analysis for several years. She left Corporate America to become a homemaker, and discovered her passion of caring for people. While her children were in middle and high school, she began working in the healthcare industry and retired as a nursing assistant.

Survivors include her three daughters and son-in-law, Tracy Rivers and her husband, Shlain Rivers, Jamie Mayes and Renate' Mayes; her grandchildren, Jordan Mayes, Autumn Daniels, Eden Rivers, twins, Dylan Simcox and Kayla Simcox and Natalie Mayes; three brothers Terry Young, David Young and Carl Young; a sister, Shirley Smith; the father of her two daughters, Gregory Mayes; her god parents, Victor (Mickey) and Mildred (Mitzi) Taylor of Pittsburgh, PA along with a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

She was predeceased by three brothers, her twin, Jimmy Young, Larry Young and Alan Young.

Janet enjoyed the simple pleasures of life, loved to dance, and comically, always said what everyone was thinking. In 2016, Janet was baptized and dedicated her life to Jehovah God. She was an active member at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Janet’s family would like to thank the many friends who have supported them with meals, flowers and prayers for Janet. A private virtual service will be held for family and friends on Saturday, February 13, 2021. Online condolences may be made at


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Shelby Roston-Adamson

February 13, 2021

Janet was so sweet and full of personality, I truly enjoyed being around her and going out in field service with her. She always made me laugh, oftentimes without meaning to just because she always spoke what was on her mind. It is hard to believe she has passed but she will be greatly missed and I know we have the bright hope of seeing her again in the future. My heart goes out to the family ❤️

Arneatrice Raquel Roston Harden

February 12, 2021

My condolences to Janet's family. I will truly miss her. She made me laugh when she wasn't even trying. She was always warm and friendly. Whether at the hall, in the ministry or just enjoying her company at a gathering, she was a joy to be around. I can't wait to see her again real soon. May the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort, comfort you all as you endure your loss. (2 Corinthians 1:3,4)

Vivian Hokes

February 11, 2021

My memories of My friend.. will always be the good times we shared together on Wednesdays. Doing what she loved the most...teaching the elderly at the nursing homes. I am so thankful I knew Janet.