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Janeth Mary Kings
September 12, 1935 - April 22, 2016
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<div itemprop="description">KINGS, Janeth Mary (nee Lyall) <br /><br />Peacefully at home, surrounded by her family, on Friday, April 22, 2016. <br /><br />Beloved wife of the late Bernard. Loving mother of John (Susan), Glenn-Michael (Kim), and James. Grandmother to Cody, Christopher, Jillian, Kathryn, Jamie, and Caroline. Survived by her brother Jack Lyall. Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 11 a.m. at St. John's Roman Catholic Church, 794 Kingston Road (east of Main St.). Interment at Pine Hills Cemetery in summer 2016. Donations may be made to the Cancer Charity of your choice. Online condolences may be left at <br /><br />Jan was born in 1935, to a loving, slightly eccentric mother (Nana) and a gambler father. Jan recalled that more than once Dad came home and announced that either he had won a new car or he had lost the house and they had to move. <br /><br />Jan said that despite the hardships, Nana never complained. Despite being a strong, tough woman, Nana was very warm hearted and Jan inherited her caring nature. <br /><br />As a teenager Jan was 'adopted' by the Kings family, and she spent many evenings dining at the Kings' home with her beloved future husband, Bernie, and whomever else happened to be there that night, as apparently the doors were open to everyone. <br /><br />Jan overcame her natural shyness and was full of fun and had a great sense of humour and an infectious laugh. She would never turn down an opportunity to go out to lunch, go to the theater, have a glass of wine, go shopping or have a nice cup of tea. She took great joy in the simplest things. <br /><br />Jan had a love for life that shows in all of her photos from age 8 to 80. She never <br /><br />lost that zest, and whenever she had the chance she travelled the world, riding a camel in Morocco in her 70's, taking a canopy tour of a rainforest at 80, and of course her cherished trip to Scotland to see where her father had been born. <br /><br />A bit of an adventurer , Jan took a cruise from Florida all down the coast of Central and South America and back up the other side, visiting Brazil, Chile, Peru and Argentina (where she marveled at some of the best tango dancers in the world). She also had a memorable trip to Iceland with her family and friends. <br /><br />While raising 3 young boys, Jan also managed to have a successful career at the Scarborough Board of Education, where she had many long lasting friendships. Jan, Kathy, Sue and Linda continued to go to lunches, dinners and the theatre long after retirement. <br /><br />'The girls' were Jan's close and dear friends from her early school years, and they maintained that friendship for close to 70 years, vacationing together, having dinner parties, celebrating events large or small, and supporting each other when needed. There are a lot of photos (and stories) of the good times Jan and Bernie had with Jim and Diane, Connie and Tom, Harry and Joanne, Dee and Pete, Pat and Ginny, Jim and Shirley, Carol and Bill, Andy and Noreen and many others. Jan cherished those friendships, and looked forward with great anticipation to the girls' annual trip to 'fish camp', where a lot of fun things happened, but not a lot of fishing. <br /><br />Jan was born and raised in the Beaches, and she loved living in her beautiful apartment there alongside her dear friends and neighbours Maria and Lee. <br /><br />Of course Jan was a devoted grandmother who was extremely proud and supportive of her grandchildren, and her eyes would light up at the mention of any of their names. <br /><br />In short, Jan was a happy, caring person who enjoyed every minute of her life, and who loved her family above all. Her family and friends cherished her in return. She really, truly will be missed. <br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /></div>