Janet Lynn (Brown) Stephenson
Janet Lynn (Brown) Stephenson, 66, of Columbus, Indiana, passed away on Thursday, October 24th, joining her son Matthew Stephenson (who she adored beyond measure), her niece Katie Brown, her father and mother (Richard Brown and Betty Chaney), and her grandparents (Mary and Donald Cooper). Janet was the kind of star who could have lit up the silver screen but chose to light up our lives instead.
Janet was born on September 13th, 1953 in South Bend, Indiana and raised in Lebanon, Indiana, where she graduated from Lebanon High School in 1971. She is survived by her siblings: Bonnie (Chip) Spelman of Cicero, IN; Lisa (Tom) Garoffolo of Lebanon, IN; and Mark (AJ) Brown of Raleigh, NC. The four formed a tight bond that, to this day, endures. During Janet's final week, in hospice care, her siblings filled the room with laughter, sharing stories of colorful relatives, motorcycle foibles, and low-budget wedding gifts.
In Lebanon, Janet met Glen (Kieth) Stephenson, her husband of 48 years and, as she often said, the love of her life. They supported each other through child-rearing, home remodels, Caribbean cruises, loss, long parties, and an even longer illness.
Janet is also survived by her daughter, Melissa Stephenson, and her grandchildren, Sayer and Hadley Henderson.
Janet's spirit will live on through the many people who loved her. Some knew her as "Dammit Janet" (a moniker cribbed from The Rocky Horror Picture Show). Others knew her as Mrs. Stephenson from over thirty years spent working for BCSC, first as a library aid at Northside Middle School, and later as an advisor for senior projects at Columbus North High School.
The things she loved, she loved fiercely: Christmas, a good weekly manicure, angels, wallpaper, leopard print anything, music, movies, and pug dogs (both real and replicated).
The people she loved, she loved with unwaivering devotion. She always kept extra presents under the tree just in case. She enjoyed hosting more than anything. You couldn't sit down without a receiving hug, a beverage, and a mini-quiche from Sam's Club while she settled in to listen your troubles and delights.
Delight is, perhaps, the best last word for Janet. She delighted in others and gave that delight back to us. Shakespeare posed the question, "To move wild laughter in the throat of death? It cannot be." But it can. That's what she did. What a gift.
In keeping with the family's wishes, cremation has taken place. The memorial service for Janet will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home on Washington Street with Rev. Dr. Felipe Martinez officiating. Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. until the time of service Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.
Online condolences and special memories may be shared with Janet's family at barkesweaverglick.com.
Published on October 29, 2019


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Teresa Poynter Watson
Oct 29, 2019
To see this face again brought me job but to learn Janet had passed leaves me sad that she is no longer with us. I have such great memories both happy and sad of the Brown family when we all lived on Syracuse Drive in Lebanon. They are all such vivid memories. I know you all have great memories of your family that will sustain you in the weeks and months ahead but please know some of your old "Northfield" neighbors will be keeping you in their thoughts and prayers. Much love to you all.