Janet Garnsey Hall
November 6, 1917 – September 16, 2014
Yesterday my Great Aunt Janet passed away, just two months shy of her ninety-seventh birthday. She was one of the most amazing people I’ve ever known.
In the 1960s, Janet was the only woman licensed as a captain in the state of Florida — she received her license way back in 1934. She and her husband Wendall (my Grampa Doc’s little brother) started a fishing business in Boynton Beach, Florida, which is now run by her grandchildren. (Here’s an article published a few months ago about the Sea Mist.) She took engineering classes at a time when that was not considered to be an “appropriate” venture for young ladies. She was comfortable in her own skin, not worried about what people thought of her. She had an excellent sense of humor and a great laugh. In her eighties and nineties, an age when many folks start to relax and kick back, Aunt Janet learned how to use a computer (she had several) and launched an online bookstore. She had an unquenchable curiosity and a deep love of life.
She completely adored her seven kids, her grandkids, and her great-grandkids. She thought they were all brilliant and gorgeous. (And she was right!) But even surrounded by her brood, her heart was big enough to hold love for various nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends “adopted” into our very large family. She had the wonderful ability to make every person feel special as she spoke with each of us.
I hope I can be as feisty and strong and fabulous as Janet when I grow up. And I hope that you have had someone like her in your life!