Janet Stokes Kirkpatrick, 84, was born on April 10, 1937 in Jefferson Township, Missouri, to Edward (Earl) Stokes and Frances Mann Stokes. She grew up in Phillips, near Borger, in the Texas Panhandle. She graduated from Phillips High School, where she represented her school in the State of Texas tennis championship. She then moved to Austin to attend college and obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in visual art from the University of Texas at Austin in 1959. She married Joel Kirkpatrick, and they moved to St. Louis, Missouri. During her time in St. Louis, she worked as an art teacher in public school, and was accepted into the Master of Fine Arts program at the University of Washington. She chose instead to stay home to raise her four children, Susan, Andy, Kate, and Patti.
Janet had a joyful heart and giving spirit. She loved meeting new people, and was always accepting of others. She was a talented athlete who taught swimming lessons and worked as a lifeguard in her teens. She continued to play tennis as an adult in various leagues at the Brookhaven Country Club in Dallas. She was a member of the Lewisville, Texas and Houston Watercolor Societies, and loved visiting art museums in every city she visited. Throughout her life, she sketched and painted various homes and scenes around her. Janet had a life-long appreciation for the arts and attended many operas, live theater events and concerts.
During her life, Janet enjoyed traveling to Europe, New York City, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Colorado, California, Washington, D.C., and San Juan, Puerto Rico. She lived in St. Louis, New Jersey, Tucson, Arizona, and several Texas cities including Phillips, Austin, Dallas, Flower Mound, and Houston.
She spent a decade working in sales, at Mervyn’s and Dillard’s department store at Northpark Mall in Dallas. During her retirement, she enjoyed watching the Houston Astros baseball team, and attending her grandchildren’s musical and sporting events.
Janet is predeceased by her parents, Earl and Frances Stokes and favorite brother-in-law Harry Kirkpatrick. She is survived by her brother Eddie and Kristi Stokes, her former spouse Joel and Elisabeth Kirkpatrick, her sister-in-law Martha and Steve Smith, daughter Susan and Ernie Barker, her son Andy and Cindy Kirkpatrick, daughter Kate Kirkpatrick and Willy Golden, and daughter Patti and Scott Osborne. She is also survived by several nieces, a nephew, four grandchildren, Ben, Grace, Sarah, Vivian, and one great grandchild Elijah.
If you would like to make a donation in Janet’s honor, please select a music or arts organization of your choice.
A livestream of a memorial service for Janet will begin at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 via this link: https://view.oneroomstreaming.com/authorise.php?k=1640133797155255