Janet Brines Mayer, 83 of Owosso, Michigan passed away peacefully April 25, 2019.
She was born January 3rd, 1936 to Melvin E. and Marion V. (Seator) Brines in Saginaw Michigan.
She graduated from Midland High School in 1954 and proudly graduated from Bronson Methodist School of Nursing in 1957 as a registered nurse. She was awarded her certificate in Gerontology from the American Nurses Association. She spent most of her career at the Shiawassee County Medical Care Facility as a nursing supervisor. Other employment throughout her career was at St. Luke's Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, Community Hospital in Battle Creek, Michigan, Columbia Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Belding Michigan’s Community Hospital.
Jan was a long-time member of Owossos First United Methodist Church. United Methodist Women, Martha circle, Stephen Ministry, and the bible study fellowship. She also helped serve on several mission trips with her church community.
She married Clark Mayer in Midland Michigan in 1957 and is survived by their children, Steve (Missy) Mayer of Port St. Lucie FL, Ron (Lisa) Mayer of Tampa FL, Laura (Frank) Lundie of Navarre FL and Sheila (Jeff Thomas) Aschenbrenner of Fenton MI. Jan is also survived by her grandchildren Leiah, Ashley, Tayler (Samantha), Danielle, Jacob, Breanna (Linden), Joseph (Sonia) and Brennan and great grandchildren Mi'Kayla, Eugene, Mariyah, Myranda, Isabell and Jazmine.
She was predeceased by sisters Barbara Peterson and Bonnie King, also by her brothers Robert and Gale Reynolds.
She would knit many pairs of mittens each year for the mitten tree at church, she loved reading books and newspapers, water aerobics, Broadway plays, participating with the Owosso Community Players programs, traveling to new places and cheering on Michigan State.
She had many stories and loved baking cookies to share. She would often say, "A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand. " Most of all she loved spending time and creating memories with her grandchildren by having them visit each summer at her home and participating in "Grandma's Enrichment Program" These summers consisted of outings at Michillinda Lodge, Train rides, Zoo trips, experiencing museums and stops at the Cone Zone among many other fun things.
Education was very important to Jan, in lieu of flowers, she requested to please buy a book for a child and read to them.
The family will receive friends from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, May 5th at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Jennings-Lyons Chapel in Owosso. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 6th at Owosso First United Methodist church with visitation starting at 10:00 a.m.