Weekly newspaper of Three Rivers, California, and Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks

Janet Fanning: 1934 ~ 2016


Janet C. Fanning, a former resident of Three Rivers, died Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, of cardiopulmonary arrest in Las Vegas, Nev. She was 81.

A memorial celebration will be held Thursday, March 10, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Cort Gallery in Three Rivers.

Janet was born Wilma Jane Cobb on May 22, 1934, in Quincy, Mass., to Alfred B. and Miriam Dorr Cobb. She was raised in Squantum, Mass., and attended North Quincy High School and Fisher Junior College, where she obtained a certificate in bookkeeping.

Janet was a bookkeeper for Zipper BMW in Southern California for 35 years. When she retired 24 years ago, Janet moved to Three Rivers for the natural beauty of the area. She built her home with views of the Sierra mountains and Lake Kaweah.

Janet was an active member, and had served on the boards, of the Three Rivers Senior League and the California Native Plant Society-Alta Peak Chapter. One of her most treasured items was the thank-you plaque presented to her by the California Native Plant Society.

Janet enjoyed playing bridge and organic gardening. She also pursued oil painting, ceramics, and making quilts for the local hospitals. 

Many in the area will remember Janet for her popular jelly and jams sold at the annual Three Rivers Holiday Bazaar to benefit the Senior League. Additionally, Janet played the piano, sang with a local choir, decorated her home with bluebirds, and enjoyed walking her dog, Casper, in the Three Rivers Cemetery near her home. 

In November 2015, she left Three Rivers to live with her daughter due to health reasons. She went home to God peacefully with her daughter holding her. 

Janet is survived by her daughter, Kathleen Fanning Hoy, of Las Vegas; granddaughter  Katherine Michele Hoy; and son  Kevin Patrick Fanning, of Lakewood, Colo.