She was born on March 12, 1950 in Danville, Illinois, the daughter of Caryl E. and Ruth M. (McCabe) Yantis. The family relocated to Findlay, Illinois, shortly after she was born.
Janet graduated from Findlay High School with the Class of 1968. She obtained her cosmetology license in 1967 while still attending high school.
Janet was united in marriage to Gary D. Mead from Cabool on May 5, 1968 in Findlay. To this union, two sons were born, Troy A. and Gary D. Mead, Jr. The family moved to Missouri in 1973. Janet was a loving wife and mother. She bowled in a women’s bowling league for several years.
Janet was preceded in death by her parents; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ellsworth and Betty Carroll; a brother, Jody Yantis; a niece, Carly Yantis; and a sister-in-law, Diannia Johnson.
She is survived by her husband, Gary, and her sons, Troy and J.R., all of Cabool; two brothers, Bill Smith of Findlay, Illinois, and Jack Yantis and wife Kristi of Decatur, Illinois; a sister-in-law, Deanna Yantis of Findlay, Illinois; a brother-in-law, Loren Johnson of Cabool; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and -nephews as well as numerous friends. She will be dearly missed by all those who knew and loved her.
Services were at 2:00 p.m. Friday, October 5, 2012, at the funeral chapel with Dennis Adkison officiating. Pallbearers were Kevin Clary, Dearl Walls, Greg Maggard, Matt Maggard, Tim Beyer and Jarrod Yantis.
Interment was in Cabool Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool.
Online condolences may be made at www.egcfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested memorials to Cabool Cemetery.