Janet Marian Greaves Berryessa

Janet BerrysessaOctober 22, 1923 — April 20, 2016

Janet Marian Greaves Berryessa, 92, passed away, Wednesday, April 20, 2016, in St. George, Utah.  Janet was born October 22, 1923, to Gescul James and Emma Katherine Olsen Greaves in Ogden, Utah, where she lived during her school years.

She married Max Joseph Berryessa on January 14, 1944, in San Francisco, California.  The marriage was solemnized January 14, 1946, in the Logan LDS Temple.

During World War II, she worked as Secretary to the Administrative Officer at the Ogden Arsenal for 5 years.

Janet lived with her husband and children in Tehran, Iran for 3 years and 3 years in Bangkok, Thailand while her husband was on leave from his teaching position at Brigham Young University serving with the U.S. State Dept. and later UNESCO. While in Bangkok she was Secretary to the Principal at International School of Bangkok.

After her children were raised, she worked as a travel agent for 20 years in Provo, Utah.  She also did volunteer work at Utah Valley Regional Hospital, Habitat for Humanity and in the Literacy Program at the Provo, Utah Library.  She was a member of the Bonheur Social Club, and an officer in the BYU Women’s organization.

She served two LDS missions with her husband.  The first in Bilbao, Spain, for six months, then they were transferred to the LDS Swiss Temple to serve in the temple presidency.  They went back for a second tour in the LDS Swiss Temple a couple of years later.  They also worked as missionaries in the Church Service Department at Church Headquarters.  She served in many positions in the LDS church; in Ward and Stake Relief Society and Primary presidencies and as a teacher.

Janet is survived by her husband, Max of St. George, Utah; her sons: Richard (Susan) of Las Vegas, Nevada, Scott (Marilyn) of Lehi, Utah, Dean (Trudy) of Santa Clara, Utah, and Guy (Trey) of San Francisco, California; 18 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by her sister, Geneal Smith of Bountiful, Utah.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and four sisters.

Funeral Services

  • A small graveside services will be held, Saturday, April 23, 2016, at 4 p.m., at the Santa Clara City Cemetery, 2365 Rachel Drive, Santa Clara, Utah.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Metcalf Mortuary, 435-673-4221.

For condolences, full obituary, and funeral listings please visit Metcalf Mortuary online.   

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