Janet Sawyer Muse

November 2, 1957September 8, 2020

Janet Lee Sawyer Muse, 62, of Roswell, Georgia, died Tuesday, September 8, 2020, in a tragic car accident.

Jan was born on November 2, 1957, to Wayne and Alice (Schladen) Sawyer. She grew up in Alabama, Ohio, and Indiana before attending the University of Georgia where she met her best friend and soulmate, Chip (Go Dawgs!). They were married in Athens on August 1, 1981, and recently celebrated 39 years of marriage.

Chip and Jan were blessed with three loving children, Todd, Katie, and Tyler. Jan’s greatest joy in life was her family, and she was happiest when surrounded by loved ones. She was the heart and soul of her family - they were her career. Her husband, children, parents, and friends will all deeply miss her.

Most recently, Jan’s proudest role was becoming a grandmother (Gammy) to her granddaughter, Brooklyn. She loved spending time with her “Brookie Bear.”

Jan will be remembered as a devoted wife, outstanding mother, incredible grandmother, and a loyal friend. Her grace, beauty, warmth, and unconditional love will forever be cherished by everyone who knew her.

She is survived by her husband Chip, sons Todd (girlfriend Zoe) and Tyler (Chelsea), daughter Katie Burk (Patrick), granddaughter Brooklyn Burk, parents Wayne and Alice Sawyer, and brothers Tom, John, and Scott Sawyer.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made in Jan Muse’s honor to Canine Assistants, a non-profit that raises and teaches puppies to become service dogs. To donate, please visit Donations can also be mailed to: Canine Assistants, 3160 Francis Road, Milton, GA 30004.

Due to the pandemic, a private funeral service will be held on Sunday. Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m., Saturday, at Roswell Funeral Home on Mansell Road.

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Pam Heath

September 17, 2020

Dear Chip and family,
Deepest condolences to all of you. May god give you strength and peace during this most devastating time.

Pam, Ashley and Katie Heath

Debbie and John ODekirk

September 16, 2020

Dear Chip and family,
We were devastated to hear about Jan’s passing. The memories of baseball with Todd and Michael over 20 years ago... me sitting with Jan at the games....
She was special! Such a wonderful Mama Bear for all three kids. And your soul mate.
Y’all are in our prayers. Please take care.
Debbie and John O’Dekirk

Michael Colombo

September 15, 2020

Dear Chip,

I heard the horrible news and want to send you my deepest condolences to you and your family. Your wife was the sweetest and most kind person that I ever knew. I have some fond memories of our trip to Italy with you and Jan and I will always cherish them.

Your Friend

Mickey Colombo

Patti Tinney

September 13, 2020

Chip and family,
Praying for God's comfort and peace during this difficult time.
You're in my thoughts and prayers.
With deepest sympathy,
Patti Tinney

Don Mabry

September 13, 2020

We are so sorry for your loss. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and your family. Don & Patsy Mabry

sherri hamilton

September 13, 2020

Jan was a devoted mother and loving wife whose top priority was her family. We made a few trips to The University of Alabama to support our daughters, Katie and Courtney, during fall rush. I enjoyed our time together and found Jan to be very kind and loving. Courtney spent lots of time at her house and went on Spring break with their family one year. They treated her like one of their own and she always loved time spent with them. This is a tragic loss for the family and for all who knew her. My thoughts and prayers remain with you all as you grieve the loss of this beautiful and gentle soul.

Mike and Beth Scott

September 13, 2020

Mike and I are devastated to hear of the tragic loss of this amazing woman! We knew her through John and had the privilege of meeting her and Chip a few times. She was a loving person and will be missed so much. Our Deepest Sympathy goes out to the Muse and Sawyer family. Keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers.

Mike and Beth Scott

Kitty Scharringhausen Mohlenkamp

September 12, 2020

Jan, Tom and then John , Scott , my brother Brett and I grew up as family. Our parents were friends, and our grandparents were friends .There were many dinners, Sunday picnics with corn on the cob and watermelon, lots of pop, lazy days fishing and swimming at my grandparents lake and the pool. We were sisters to each other. There were many afternoons of playing basketball, riding ponies and horses playing Barbie's and spending the night. Every week our parents got together and made pizza with us kids and our Dad's played Monsters, we were shrieking and running then wrestling with our Dad's. Many afternoons at the ballpark watching our Dad's play softball and cheering for their hits!
My favorite times were the quiet nights whispering our secrets to each other and drawing on each other's backs and sharing our dreams. There were trips to Toledo to see their grandparents and a trip to Indiana to meet Injun Joe and his wife. We actually got to see his totem poles in person and his carvings.. Then onto the amusement park. That was a really fun trip!!
There were days we all went swimming with our Moms to Stonelick Lake and Rocky Fork Lake, Jan wa a good swimmer. There were church camping trips to Stonelick Lake where our Mom's almost got hit by lightening! It was always fun and exciting to be together!!
Jan was a close, loyal friend and I was devastated when the Sawyers moved to Indiana to run a canoe livery, We were all in high-school then, Jan was a hard worker and becoming the wonderful,
graceful beautiful young woman she was. We went to visit and got to go canoeing I loved that and time spent with our family Jan, Tom, John, Scott, Wayne and Alice.
Jan wae a brilliant light in this world. It will always be less bright without her.She loved her Chip and their kids, Todd, Kaity,and Tyler. The lights of her life! And was over the moon to be a Gammy! She was a sweet, loyal, friend. She is with God now, missed here always.
I love you Jan.

Kirsten Heinen

September 12, 2020

Dear Chip , Katie, Todd and of course my son in law Tyler!
No words can say how very sorry we all are for the loss of Jan. She was a wonderful person as well as wife and mother. I felt honored to become friend and family with her. May she Rest In Peace in Heaven to watch over you all!
With deepest sympathies,
Kiki, Chelsea, Angelo and Ingrid Fabbris

Lorna Scharringhausen

September 12, 2020

Just wanted to share my condolences to the entire family. Our two families were very close when Janet was young and the Sawyers lived in Cincinnati. We were one big happy family with all our kids growing up together. We had many very happy times and many wonderful lasting memories. When Wayne and Alice moved to Indiana and then to Athens, Ga. and then to Florida distance and time gradually distanced us and the kids all grew up and went their separate ways. Wayne and Alice and I have stayed in touch and of course all the fond memories are still alive. Janet will always be a great part of my memory and will always be in my heart. Love to all. Lorna