Janet Marie Meyer

  • Born: January 18, 1965
  • Died: March 4, 2019
  • Location: Austin, Texas

Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home North

3125 N Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78705

Tel. (512) 452-8811

Tribute & Message From The Family

"How do you spell love?" asked Piglet, to which Pooh replied, "You don't spell it; you feel it."

Janet Marie Meyer was an extraordinary mother, wife, and human being who loved all things Winnie-the-Pooh—almost as much as she loved her family and friends. Just a few months ago she squealed like a delighted child upon seeing an advertisement for a Winnie-the-Pooh movie. In that moment her family smiled, because they knew she deserved to be delighted. Janet spent a lifetime making sure her husband, their children, and everyone around her felt loved and hopeful, so her affection for a children's story about a little stuffed bear who was kind and generous to all seems fitting.

Janet relinquished her earthly body back to the dust as she left on March 4th to go sit next to God. She leaves behind so many who will miss her, but each person who knew her understands she is bound for a glorious and heavenly place. Her legacy is one of kindness and grace, and though we're all sad she left us too soon, we rejoice in what awaits her. She is survived by her husband, Blake, her children, Cayti, Linzy, and Brady, her mother, Marla, her sister, Christine Hansen, and her brothers, David and Phillip Swilley.

Janet was born January 18, 1965 at Heights Hospital in Houston, TX to her mother Marla and "Daddy" John Swilley. She was raised in a loving home and, later, her dad Jim Burton joined her mother in continuing a tradition of love and support. Janet grew up in that home an avid Aggie fan, cheering for anything Texas A&M almost as spiritedly as she did for her children's many accomplishments. It's entirely possible "Gig-'em" was her first word.

She and Blake met in line while waiting to board a thrill ride when he and friends were on a high school trip to Astroworld. He was instantly smitten, and his friends recall he followed her all around the amusement park for the rest of the day. Blake spent the next few years driving back to Houston on weekends just so that he could spend a few minutes with her. Janet's parents would not yet allow her to "car date" back then, so the young couple had to make do with chatting at her family's kitchen table or watching television in their den. They were finally married May 16, 1987, and they have enjoyed thirty-two years as husband and wife, best friends, and remarkable parents to children anyone would be proud to call their own.

Janet was blessed with a lovely singing voice, and she was likely to break out in song at any moment of the day. Her voice was lyrical and strong, sweet and soulful, and anyone fortunate enough to hear her gift couldn't help but feel hopeful and alive.

Janet was wise when it came to life, often contributing pearls of wisdom or sage advice. She was a quintessential Texas lady whose melodic use of the word "sweetie" or "darling," in combination with an eyebrow arched just so, could be equally effective in either redirecting unacceptable behavior or lavishing praise.

She was also blessed with a wry sense of humor. On the day of her first child's birth, she wanted nothing more than to hold the baby girl while eating a double cheeseburger from Whataburger. "A mother should be able to do both," she'd announced to the friend who'd brought the food; which is exactly what she proceeded to do, snuggling and cooing to the baby even as she devoured the cheeseburger like a ravenous lioness.

Janet was an elder at Life Austin Church, a lifelong Christian who spread her faith through generous acts, kind words, and gentle grace. Her generosity to friends, family, and strangers was universally felt and admired, and she had a well-earned reputation as a fierce prayer warrior. Over the last few weeks her family has heard from friends and loved-ones all around the country describing critical moments in their lives when Janet's faith and prayer made all the difference. She lived her devotion to God daily, and the teachings of Christ were a source of strength throughout her life.

Janet was truly at home when she was in the mountains snuggling with her family after a long day of skiing and sledding. When she couldn't reach the mountains she found joy in being with her family on Lake Travis, watching her children in their myriad of extracurricular activities, and sharing quiet moments at home with the love of her life. Janet was a woman who found peace and contentment in her family and faith, and she will always be remembered and loved. There can be no greater testament to a life well lived.

"We'll be friends forever, won't we, Pooh?" asked Piglet.

"Even longer," Pooh answered.

Truly, that little stuffed bear understood Janet completely.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Janet and Blake created a legacy of love and service. Memories of Janet will always include her beautiful smile, her infectious laugh, her hugs, and her affirmations of love. She will be missed by so many of us. I send wishes for comfort to Blake, Cayti, Brady, Linzy and her mother, Marla. Beautiful people.

Posted by Barbara Frandsen - Austin, TX - Family Friend   March 11, 2019

Blake & kids, I am so sorry to hear about Janet's passing. I was a childhood friend of hers. She and her family lived next door to me in a little town called Roganville in Jasper County. I knew her from the age of 5. She was such a dear friend to me. I hate we lost touch. This may not be the time, but I have a few pictures of Janet when she was little that I would gladly send to you. Since their family home burned down years ago, I don't know if Janet had any pictures from her childhood. I'd also like to send a letter with some of my memories of Janet. Please email me at alanjobe@yahoo.com if you are interested. It's a blessing to know that you all know Christ. He will bring you through this difficult time. Again, I'm so sorry. I loved her. Alan Jobe

Posted by Alan Jobe - Huntsville, TX - Family Friend   March 09, 2019

Dear Blake, Cayti, Linzy, & Brady: We share your sorrow over the loss of Janet, your loving wife and mother. We agonize over the loss of Janet in the prime of her life, taken way before her time. Why is it so? Why does it happen? We don't know and we won't know until we all meet again in the hereafter. Until that time, please accept our condolences for your loss. With much love, Barbara & Charlie

Posted by Barbara & Charlie Clopper - Schertz, TX - Family Friend   March 09, 2019

Beautiful Janet you are free of oain now that you are at home with our Father in Heaven You will be missed on earth but you are in a much better place than earth. R.I.P.

Posted by Jacqueline Tashenberg - Houston, TX - Family Friend   March 09, 2019

I work with Blake, I am so sorry to hear of Janet's Passing. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Regards, Carol

Posted by Carol Goldberg - Austin, TX - Friend   March 08, 2019

Blake and family. I am so sorry for your loss. I will pray for peace during this time of immense loss. You are in my thoughts.

Posted by Dolores Fojtasek - Kyle, TX - Coworker   March 08, 2019

We never saw Janet without a smile on her face, an uplifting word, a glow from the inner faith that sustained her in good times and bad. From the minute we heard about her illness, we prayed for Janet, Blake, Cayti, Lindsey, and Brady. Our precious, almighty God heard our prayers. The memory of her will be with us forever. We loved her dearly and she will be greatly missed in our family. Our prayers will continue for Maria and all the family. However, we rejoice that Janet is home with the Lord

Posted by Kay Lynn & Jim McNabb - Dripping Springs, TX - Family   March 08, 2019

And she now rests in peace of the hands of the Father.

Posted by Dee Oborn - Woodville, TX - Acquaintance   March 07, 2019

To the family of my dear cousin Janet. We are praying for you all at this loss of such a dear person. My memory of Janet years ago when we were young, was what a lovely person. She was soft spoken and stuck close to aunt Marla. Losing family members myself is not easy and some days are harder than others. God Bless you all. Billy John Dalton and wife Gaye Dalton. Ps in sure my brother terry welcomed her with open arms. Amen

Posted by Billy John Dalton - Jasper, TX - Family   March 06, 2019

Marla and family, I didn't have the privilege of knowing Janet personally. But she seemed like an extraordinary lady. My heart aches for you. Prayer will continue to go up for her family.

Posted by Karen Welch-Adkins - Pasadena, TX - Family Friend   March 06, 2019

How do I say goodbye? It certainly won't be easy. None of this has been easy, most of all for you. We will grieve you, but we will be glad knowing you are pain free and knowing we will one day see you again. It doesn't help us understand why you were taken from us so soon, but just knowing that in the end we will see you again will help. I love you my darlin' and I don't think I'll say goodbye...I'll just say, see you later.

Posted by Donna Coker - Waukee, IA - Family   March 06, 2019

Janet was a true woman of God. I'll never forget and will always be grateful for her prayers and concerns for our 1.5lb grandson when he was born. He was not expected to live
But she would have none of that. You will truly be missed.

Posted by Nancy/Ralph Allen - Austin, TX - Friend   March 06, 2019

The sweetest, most endearing obituary, i have ever read..i know my son Steven thought highly of her, in the short time he knew her. our thoughts, and prayers are with Linzy and her family for their tremendous loss, and Heaven's tremendous gain. Our sincere condolences, Todd, and Chrystal Gideon, Steven, Jacob, and Mason

Posted by Todd Gideon - ALVARADO, TX - Acquaintance   March 06, 2019

We are so heartbroken for you all and send our deepest condolences. I wish we could be there with you in person, but will be sending all our love. Kelsey McNabb Thayer (Kay Lynn's daughter), Andrew, William, Natalie, and James Thayer.

Posted by Kelsey McNabb Thayer - New Orleans, LA - Family   March 06, 2019

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