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Janis Sabin Elliot

date of birth April 9 1943

date of death July 18 2011

Janis Sabin Elliot was born April 9, 1943 in Gallup, New Mexico.  She moved to Oregon as a toddler, where she lived most of her life.  After moving to Connecticut for her first teaching job, marrying, having two sons and losing her husband, she returned to Oregon, where she met her life partner.  Janis had a lifelong commitment to Unitarian Universalism and service to children and families.  She had degrees from the University of Oregon(BA) , University of Connecticut(MSW) and Oregon State University(PhD).  She worked as a teacher, social worker, administrator, and was the first director of the Oregon Child Care Division. Over the years she served her local church, district and continental UUA in many capacities, most recently as a member of the board of Meadville Lombard Theological School. She passed away on July 18, 2011 surrounded by family, friends and devoted caregivers after a long battle with atypical Parkinson’s disease.   

Janis will be remembered for her wisdom, warmth, hospitality, and for her passionate dedication to justice and a life of service.  She is survived by her partner, The Reverend Patti Pomerantz, her brother Wayne(Shirley) and sister Phyllis(Allen) and their families, her children Sean (Melanie) and Collin (Mana), and grandchildren Patrick and Kaitlyn.  

Celebration of life will be held on Sunday July 31, 2011 at 2:00pm, at the First Unitarian Church 1011 SW 12th Ave Portland, OR 97205

In lieu of flowers please donate to the Janis Elliot Fund for Children and Youth at risk.  Donations may be made by contacting Cameron Archibald at the Unitarian Universalist Association at (617)948-4655.

Arrangements by Autumn Funerals, Cremation & Burial, Tigard, Oregon.

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Candle lit by Staff at Autumn Funerals, Cremation & Burial Our sincere condolences.

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Candle lit by janna cook Janis was an inspirational leader, a great mentor and wonderful friend. I am proud to have known and worked with her. Blessing to Patti and her family. j

Candle lit by David Wright I have such fond memories of Janis and all that she stood for on behalf of Oregon's children. A life well lived.

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Candle lit by Marilyn I knew Janis only for a short time. We attended Parkinson's exercise classes together. She impressed me with her kindness, her spirit, her love of music and dancing. She had a mischievous smile and seemed to me to have a great love of life. I'm glad I had the chance to know her.

Candle lit by Alice and Dutch Janis was a special lady. She fought Parkinson's with grace and dignity. We will miss her beautiful smile and delightful sense of humor

Candle lit by Woodward family This short description of Janis' life doesn't do justice to all the good she created in our world. Holding Patti and all her family and friends in the light. Leslie, Chris, Nick & Alex

Candle lit by Barbara and Tom Cooney Janis was a totally amazing person who touched many, many lives. Her sparkling eyes always provided such a welcoming greeting. R.I.P. Janis. Much love and comfort to Patti and Janis' family.

Candle lit by Janine Larsen Janis was a devoted and creative leader, inspiring to all she met. Our UU congregations throughout the Pacific Northwest District and entire Association are better, safer and stronger because of her unending commitment to our liberal religious values. She touched many lives, and helped many people. We miss her, and remember her with deep respect and gratitude. Love to Patti, and to Janis' children and family.

Candle lit by Judy Emmert and family Our hearts and prayers are with Patti, Sean, Collin and family as they mourn and celebrate the beautiful woman that was Janis. With sympathy and love, Judy, Kevin, Jessica and Emily

Candle lit by Shirley Marie Raven With Love, ShirleyMarie

Candle lit by M.L. We will remember Janis sitting by the Deschutes, sipping wine in the September sun, watching a river otter and 3 kits playing on a sand bar across the river. ML & Jeff

Candle lit by Glenn Novakoff I knew Janis when she lived in Norwalk and Waterbury Conn. What a great person. I will always remember thge great times we had together