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Janice L. Wignall Mitchell

March 11, 2020
Janice L. Wignall Mitchell
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Janice Lorraine Wignall Mitchell passed away peacefully in her sleep on March 11, 2020, in Parker, Colorado. She was 94 years old. Born in 1925 in Walworth, New York, to Robert Wellington and Bertha Franke Wignall, Janice was a gifted musician, writer, and teacher known for her generosity, sense of humor, and kind disposition. She was an avid reader, a world traveler, and never met a cat she didn’t love. Janice grew up on her parents’ fruit farm in Walworth with her younger brother Bob and, after earning her bachelor’s degree in music at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, she moved to Los Angeles where she earned her master’s degree in music from the University of Southern California. She taught at the graduate level, at Biola University in Los Angeles, but most enjoyed overseeing the world-renowned Symphony Orchestra Program at Santa Monica High School.

Upon retirement, Janice moved from California to Colorado to be closer to her brother Bob and his family. Janice was preceded in death by her parents, beside whom she will be buried in Marion Cemetery in New York on October 8, 2022. She was a devoted sister to Robert L. “Bob” Wignall (Virginia) of Colorado Springs, CO; Bob passed away just 18 days after Janice. Janice was also a dear and loving aunt to nephews Robert B. “Rob” Wignall (Lynn) and Jonathan “Jon” Wignall (Becky), both of Parker, CO, and to niece Kara Elder of Toledo, OH; a loving and generous great-aunt to Trevor Wignall (Miranda) of Parker, and Dustin Elder of Seattle, WA; and will be a role model and inspiration to her great-great-niece Rylee Jean Wignall.

If you wish to make a donation in Janice’s name, she selected the Walworth United Methodist Church, 3679 Main St, Walworth, NY 14568, (315) 986-1546.

Found in the last book Janice was reading:

My Symphony

To live content with small means;

To seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion;

To be worthy and wealthy, but not rich;

To study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly;

To listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages with an open heart;

To bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never.

In a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common.

This is to be my symphony.

W. H. Channing.

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1:00 PM 10/8/2022 1:00:00 PM
Marion Cemetery

Cemetery Lane
Marion, NY 14505

Marion Cemetery
Cemetery Lane Marion 14505 NY
United States

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Walworth United Methodist Church

3679 Main Street
Walworth, NY 14568

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