Janet Joy (Lyon) O’BryantAugust 27, 1938-March 7, 2019

Janet Joy (Lyon) O’BryantAugust 27, 1938-March 7, 2019

Janet Joy (Lyon) O’Bryant, went to be with the LORD on March 7, 2019. She was born in Grangeville, Idaho, August 27, 1938 to Ben and Hazel Lyon. She is survived by her sister Gail, husband Larry, as well as her children Karol, Ben, Jeff, Andrea, Marisa, and Inge, her step-sons Randy and Mark, and was preceded in death by her brother Shriver, and step-son Christopher O’Bryant. She also had 22 grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren; but many woul hasten to say that she had many more that she “adopted” in love! She started tap dancing in Idaho, then the Lyon family moved to San Jose, CA, in about 1948, and she continued tap dancing. She loved the dancing so much, and did many shows as a teen, with her life-long friend, Wanita Rautmann, and the other “Glamorettes”. She started teaching, as a young adult, built a successful school of dance, then she moved to Lopez Island in 1973. She began teaching there, and was a teacher of tap dance until the end of her life. She was one of the 4 founders (with Rich Schwarz, and Fran & Estelle Strong) of the MacKaye Harbor Inn, and had varied jobs cooking and waitressing at other establishments, but always loved and continued her tap teaching. Her passion for relationships was obvious; children became her crowning joy, and she found her calling at the Lopez Island Community Church. She was asked to be the Sunday School Director and served faithfully for about 20 years. She was a generous member of the community of Lopez Island, had many friends, was well-known, and loved by so many. One of her favorite things was inviting others to her home for meals, parties, and various get togethers. She began a legacy of bringing her family and friends together, which continued, even while her health was fading. She loved and valued her family, friends, and all of her relationships above everything else in this world. She has taken that with her, and her joy has been made complete! The Celebration of her life will be on Sunday at 4:00 pm, May 26, 2019, at the Lopez Community Center. A community potluck will immediately follow the service. Please bring a generous dish to share. All are welcome.