Janet M. States

January 8, 1939January 28, 2013

Janet Marilyn States of Mill Creek, WA slipped from this life to a joyous reunion with her eternal companion on Monday, January 28, 2013, at the age of 74. She was surrounded by her loving family. Janet was born January 8, 1939 in San Jose, CA as the second child of Wayne Taylor and Dorothy Adamson Taylor. She lived in San Jose until 1998 when she moved to Mill Creek, WA.

Janet married the love of her life, Ira De’Wayne States, in the LDS Salt Lake City Temple on June 19, 1961. Together they lived a life of love and service to community, church and family. Janet worked as an Elementary School Teacher and had a great love of teaching, especially helping her 1st graders learn to read. Janet was a gifted pianist who played the piano from the time she was a child. She passed on her love of music and piano playing to her grandchildren. Janet is survived by her mother, Dorothy Adamson Taylor (102, of Mill Creek, WA); children, David (Sheila) States and Julie States; and her grandchildren, Brittany (Mike) Rudd, Brandon States and Dylan States. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Ira D. States, her brother, Louis Taylor and her father.

A memorial service celebrating her life will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mill Creek Building, 16124 35th Ave SE, Mill Creek, WA. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. , at Oak Hill Memorial Park in San Jose, CA where she will be laid to rest. Books and reading have always been a very important source of joy for Janet, and in lieu of flowers, Janet has requested that contributions can be sent to:

RIF (Reading is Fundamental) Literacy Program. Reading is Fundamental, Inc., PO Box 33728, Washington DC 20033,


  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 2, 2013
  • Graveside Service Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Janet M. States

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Jane Hyer Schouten

February 11, 2013

I will always remember Janet as a sweet, warm, lovely person. She was so talented at playing the piano; I enjoyed her music. I have fond memories of her teaching my Mutual class at church and visiting with her at different times in my life. She is now at peace and reunited with her sweet husband, Ira. My thoughts are with your family at this time.

Lee Lewis

February 1, 2013

You have lost your sweet daughter, mother and grandmother. I have lost a sweet childhood companion. She is now wrapped in the arms of her loving brother and father in an eternal reunion.

I spoke with her on her 74th birthday. She was alive with the excitement of a good friend bringing a plate of cookies and we spoke of people we knew as teenagers and the things we did. We reminisced nearly an hour during which I also spoke with her dear mother.

We will all miss her.

David/Rauna Metcalf

February 1, 2013

We are so sorry for the loss of your dear Mother/Grandmother. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers for peace & comfort. May your fond memories of her become your greatest treasure to buoy you up through your grief. Please let us know if we can help in any way.
The Metcalf Family