Janet Murrow Buskirk

December 22, 1945April 30, 2012

Janet Murrow Buskirk passed away on April 30, 2012 after a battle with lymphoma.

She was born in 1945 in Baltimore, Maryland to the late William and Carrie Murrow and grew up in Jarrettsville, Maryland.

Jan will live on in the hearts and memories of her loving husband, Marty, her son TR and his wife Laura, as well as her son David. Her pride and joy were her grandchildren: Cameron, Elaina and Liam Buskirk.

She is also survived by her sisters Wilma Murrow and Mary Akers and her husband, Larry, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Her brother, William Murrow, Jr. predeceased her. The list of devoted friends is long; the effect she had on so many is deep and abiding.

Jan loved to laugh and she never met a stranger. Her favorite role was being a mother and extended that role to most people who knew her. Many benefited from her unconditional love. In her career as a teacher and later as a Manager at both IBM and Cisco, she strived for excellence and took great pleasure in helping others achieve this same goal. She was a mentor in both interpersonal relationships as well as professional life. Jan made many lifelong friends during her career.

Jan’s favorite scriptures were 1 Cor 13 and the 23d Psalm. She had an overriding faith in God's love for all and was a devoted parishioner at St. Francis of Assisi Church for over 20 years.

Service will be held at Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic church in Raleigh on Friday, May 4 with viewing from 10:30am through noon followed by a Mass at noon.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in her honor to Doctors Without Borders or Hospice of Raleigh.


  • Visitation Friday, May 4, 2012
  • Funeral Mass Friday, May 4, 2012

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Michele Stinnett

May 2, 2013

You had the best Mom in the world, Dave and I am so sorry for your loss - as well as everybody who knew Jan - God does not make many people as special as your Mom. She is in heaven watching over you; I know that for sure! Take care and Peace to You (I worked for your Mom at IBM - in all my many years of employment, she was the Best Boss ever!)...

Dave Buskirk

April 30, 2013

Mom... It's been a year since I have last hugged you. And you know what? You were right? I am going to be OK. We all are. You are here with me. I feel your presence. I laugh at things and know you are laughing too. I love you and miss youpre than words can describe. Thanks for being the best Mom ever. Always, David B.

Michele Stinnett

October 18, 2012

I worked for Jan at IBM in the late 80's and I have never forgotten her -therefore when I googled her today to see if she was still at IBM, I was totally devastated and in tears. I wish I had known earlier Jan was so sick, I would have made a special trip to see her as she was one very special lady. The world was a much better place with Jan in it and heaven has gained a true angel. We will always cherish you, Jan - you are a true inspiration for everyone you touched to make this world a happier better place. Your name should have been "Joy" will never be forgotten, my friend! Peace to you & yours...

Joy Sexton-Sorrells

June 18, 2012

Marty, TJ and David,
Just saw the news about Jan's passing. Although it's been many years since I saw her, I'll always cherish the times we had. She was always laughing, always cheerful. She was a wonderful person and a terrific cousin.

Linda Lindsay

June 11, 2012

My beloved, Jan. There are no words sufficient to express the deep loss felt by myself and so many lives you have touched with your gift of humor, your deepest affection for all and your words of wisdom that have carried me though some of my most difficult times. We grew up as children, neighbors and close childhood friends. You were the sister I wished I had. You were always there for me, even in my darkest days. You never hestitated to step in and defend me regardless. I loved our summers together, our softball games, our laughter, all those over-nighters. Your home was like my second home. You taught me about God, Jesus and the true meaning of Christianity....where would I be today without the influence you had on me and always have? I feel like I've lost the best friend anyone could ever hope to have. I can't wait to see you in Heaven one day and laugh with you once again. I love you, Jan, and I miss you more than you will ever know. God bless my dearest of friends. Give my daddy and granddaddy (both of whom loved you so) a kiss for me when you see them there in Heaven. Always, your friend, forever, Linda Lindsay, Naples, Florida

Marie Curry

May 20, 2012

Janet and I shared six years of education at NHHS, often in adjoining seats, then four more at SSC, where we loaned each other various articles of clothing to suit our wardrobes when we lived on "high hall." Janet was a dear, supportive friend all those formative years ago.

Marie McGreevy Curry, Lancaster, PA

Linda Devendorf

May 15, 2012

Still thinking of you, Jan, and missing you in our world. You were an inspiration and a generous and kind soul during some difficult times. I can never thank you enough and know you are in peace and eternal joy always now. With love always...

Bill Murrow

May 15, 2012

Jan was my aunt but felt more like a sister to me. I lived just across the road from her when she lived at home so she was always taking me with her wherever she went. She couldn't go anywhere without me. She even took a piece of me to heaven with her. Some of my best childhood memories are the times I spent with her. Thanks Aunt Jan. I'll see you again one of these days.

Jeff Moore

May 9, 2012

I was privileged to work with Jan for 20 years, first at IBM, then at Cisco. I was also proud to have been called "fool" by her on more than one occasion, a term of endearment that she used for family, friends, and coworkers when we exasperated her - which seemed to occur on a daily basis. Well, Jan, all of us fools miss the heck out of you. Rest easy.

Dennis Evans

May 9, 2012

I first met Jan as my manager, but she quickly transcended that role to become a mentor, and then finally a dear friend. She rejoiced when my children were born, and sympathized when I struggled with some important life lesson. And she ALWAYS ended every encounter with that big, beautiful smile.

Her devotion and love of God was inspiring and live giving. She was one of the few people I've met who truly lived her faith. She absolutely gave more than she took, and she made every one and every thing around her better.

I am very sad for all of us who knew and experienced Jan. Part of my heart is broken for all of us. My love and prayers go out to the entire Buskirk family right now. I pray that our love for your wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, friend will lift you up and comfort you now, and into all of your tomorrows.

Thanks God, for sharing Jan with all of us. We are better for it.