Janie S. Giles, 74, formerly of Buffalo, passed away on Oct. 30, 2019.
Janie was born in Sheridan on Sept. 16, 1945. Her mother, Dorothy Painter (née Gammon), was staying at the family ranch near Buffalo, at the time while her father, Alden Painter, was away serving as an officer in the U.S. Army Air Forces. Janie was the oldest of four daughters, and Alden’s military career led the family to locations around the globe. Including kindergarten, Janie attended 11 schools, graduating from high school in Madrid, Spain, in 1963. She earned a bachelor’s degree in home economics from the University of Northern Colorado, then moved west to teach high school in Big Bear, California.
Her adult life included multiple roles as a teacher, a housewife, a mother, a county extension agent, a teacher again and a traveler. She lived in California (Big Bear, 1970s), Wyoming (Gillette and Buffalo, 1970s and 1980s), Texas (Woodville, Pleasanton, and Georgetown, 1980s to 2019), and New Mexico (Albuquerque, this year). She earned a master’s degree in educational administration and supervision from Stephen F. Austin State University while raising her two sons in East Texas, then later in South Texas. She improved the lives of students, mentees, friends, neighbors and family. She was especially proud of her days teaching at South San Antonio High School. It was a difficult role, but she found that experience to be one of her most rewarding. In retirement she loved to travel and, fortunately, was able to spend three weeks in Europe this summer.
She leaves behind her husband, John Giles of Albuquerque, New Mexico; two adult sons, Christopher “Twister” Marquiss (Nicole Samuels) of San Marcos, Texas, and Merritt Marquiss (Fabi Luces) of Houston; and a young granddaughter, Bentley Marquiss of Boerne, Texas; as well as her sisters, Elizabeth Painter (Dieter Wilken) of Santa Barbara, California, Julia Aubrey (Tom) of Buffalo, and Lucinda Bailey (Tim) of Layton, Utah; her beloved aunt, Mary (Peep) Gammon of Buffalo; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A “Celebration of Life” memorial will be held at: Pleasanton Country Club, 1801 McGuffin, Pleasanton, Texas, at 2 p.m. on Nov. 23.
Memorials to Janie should be to the American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org.