Janie VanDeventer, born Linda Jane Johnson on September 22, 1947, passed away on October 11, 2017. She was preceded in death by her mother and step-father, a sister, three aunts, and her biological father.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Jerry VanDeventer, their three children, seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, her two cousins (considered sisters), and an extensive “found family” of her friends and those of her children and grandchildren. It is a family she claimed for herself and watched over with fierce loyalty—a family to which it is a privilege to belong.

She leaves us better for the benefit of her brutal honesty, raucous humor, and generous spirit. From Janie, we have learned strength in the face of incalculable odds, the value of a contrary nature, and the proper articulation of the F-word. In her twenty year battle with cancer, she taught us the profound difference between accepting fate and demanding life.

Janie was a partner in crime, an activist, a role model, a survivor, and a prize fighter. She remains a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, cousin, aunt, mother-in law, and friend.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for contributions to the North Texas Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.