Janet C. Brown of Leesburg, Florida, age 85, passed away on January 5, 2019. She was born in Fruitport, Michigan to Roy and Gladys Lower in 1933. Janet attended college at Florida Southern in Lakeland, Florida. She was part of a traveling chorus from Florida Southern. She later met her husband, Gary and they had 5 children. She obtained her Master’s Degree in counseling from Stetson University while raising her children.
Janet was a teacher at Beverly Shores Elementary School for over 30 years and was active in First Baptist Church of Leesburg, regularly participating in church visitations to shut-ins. In addition to teaching, Janet opened a restaurant known as “The Total Affair” in downtown Leesburg, which later became Beacon College.
Despite her always hectic schedule, Janet loved animals of all kinds, enjoyed riding horses, traveling, and spending time with her grandchildren and many friends.
Janet is survived by her children, Denise (Steve) Benoit, Lisa (Ray) Graham, Gina (Darrell) Cates and Layna (Hoby) Kight, grandchildren, Brian, Austin, Reese and Colt, and great-grandchildren, Preston, Paisley and Raysen. She is preceded in death by her parents, sisters (Hazel and Elsie), and son, Dennis.
Services will be held at the First Baptist Church of Leesburg in the Chapel on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. The family requests donations be made to Hospice of Marion County in lieu of flowers.