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Janie Charlton

Mar 28, 1959 - Jun 19, 2017
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Janeen (Janie) Delvo Charlton did not get to see the sunrise on the morning of June 19, but given its beauty, we have no doubt that she had a hand creating it. 
 
Mom was born in Two Harbors, Minnesota in 1959 and lived in Silver Bay until the family moved west to Ellensburg in 1965. The second of eight children born to Joe and Jan Delvo, mom grew up fast as she assumed the unofficial role of ‘second mother’ to her younger siblings. 
 
To her family, the words ‘rodeo’ and ‘Janie’ were synonymous. Mom’s lifelong passion for rodeo started with a visit to the Ellensburg Rodeo and Parade in the fall of 1965. In the years to come, Mom competed in the Junior Rodeo (pole bending and barrel racing), and later became a member of the Wranglerettes, while also competing in High School Rodeo. Not surprisingly, she became one of the first women to join the Kittitas County Roping Club as a breakaway roper and served as Club Secretary. While pursuing her Bachelor in Education from Central Washington University, Mom continued to compete on the CWU Rodeo Team until graduation in 1983. Mom’s service to the Ellensburg Rodeo continued, from being a Top Hands original member where she created the Children’s Activity Corral, to becoming an Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame Director – a position she maintained until her resignation in May. 
 
Community service was a major component of Mom’s life and something she encouraged in everyone. She always went above and beyond the call of duty – often making others feel like they could (and should) do more. 
 
As first a teacher and later the director at Central’s Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC), Mom fulfilled her life’s passion everyday encouraging the young minds who came into her classrooms. Before she had children of her own, Mom truly viewed the children of the ECLC as her own and took it upon herself to make sure they learned valuable life skills and concepts. One of her greatest joys was seeing an ECLC child, grow up to attend Central and enroll their children in the program. Although she was gone much too soon, Mom’s passion for education truly spanned generations.  
 
When Mom (somehow) found free time, she enjoyed nothing more than going for a relaxing trail ride or driving the winding roads of the valley’s foothills with her family. Being respectful of nature and the land was paramount for Mom and something she stressed to her daughters during these adventures. 
 
She is survived by her daughters Rachel and Claire, mother Jan (Delvo) Papscun (Frank), sisters Jenny Evans, Jill (Dan) Orcutt, Julie (Todd) Loreth, Jori Delvo. Brothers Joe (Kathy) Delvo, Jon (Angie) Delvo, also 16 nieces and nephews. Janie was preceded in death by father Joe and brother Jayme. 
 
There is not enough paper to express how wonderful, kind, funny, smart, caring, and beautiful Janie was. To everyone who was blessed enough to know her, live every day to the fullest, be true to yourself and never miss a chance to tell your loved ones, “I love you.” 
 
A memorial mass will be held at St. Andrews Catholic Church Friday, June 23 at 2 p.m.
 
Refreshments to follow. In lieu of flowers, please donate to a good cause in Mom’s memory. 
 
 

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Jun 23, 2017:2:00pm

St. Andrews Catholic Church

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