Janice Kay Derrough was born on December 7, 1942 in Los Angeles, California to Jim and Nell Derrough. She was their youngest child and only daughter, and a special playmate to her older brother, Neil.
Janice was a resident of Martinez for over 40 years, working as a teacher in Martinez, CA, as well as at Mt Diablo High School in Concord. She attended Cal Berkeley and San Francisco State, eventually landing in Livermore, where she married William Charlton, and their son, Adam William Charlton was born. In the 1970s she moved to Martinez, where she married Hank Snavely and they had a daughter, Elizabeth Derrough Snavely.
In the early 1970s she worked to start a domestic violence center for women in Martinez. She also started a “Women’s Group” with other pre-school moms - one that continues to meet to this day- 45 years later. In the 1980s - after some years spent living in the Sierra Nevada- she returned to the Martinez community she loved so much.
Janice was a believer in people - and those she loved felt it often. She would encourage us to take chances, to believe in ourselves and our abilities to shine, to step out into the unknown because she believed we could do whatever we set our minds and hearts to. Whether you talk to her family, her friends or her students - the stories are about how she built us up and stood next to us on our journeys. Even through her years with Alzheimer’s she continued to build and connect to community wherever she was- in recent years becoming a dearly loved resident at her memory care by all who cared for her.
Janice will be missed by her children, Adam and Liz, brother, Neil, sister-in-law, Sharron, and nieces, Carolyn, Rebecca and Thea. Janice also leaves behind a very large and diverse family of friends, who have warm memories of her intelligence, humor, and compassion, some that go back 45+ years.
Today we celebrate her life with love, gratitude, and joy— the same way she always celebrated us.
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