IN LOVING MEMORY

Mary Janet Abrams

1946–2020

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On Monday, July 27, 2020, Janet Abrams, loving wife and mother of three children, passed away at the age of 73.

Janet was born on September 9, 1946, in Hazelton, PA to Francis and Mary Elizabeth Walker. Married to Charles Abrams on July 9, 1966, they raised three sons, starting out in Alexandria, VA, and eventually settling in Walnut Creek, where they lived for over 35 years.

Janet made friends wherever she went and was known far and wide for her welcoming home and amazingly warm hospitality, which she signified with many pineapple decorations, a symbol of welcome. She ultimately found her calling in service to her community. This started with youth sports, and she served for 19 years as a board member and field coordinator for Walnut Creek Soccer Club. She also served on the parish council at St. John Vianney and served as a member of Walnut Creek’s Park and Recreation Commission. In part, because her brother died serving in the Navy, Janet truly loved her country and became politically involved as a campaign manager for several successful City Council campaigns, including the campaigns of her husband, Charlie, who served 12 years on the Walnut Creek City Council and twice as mayor. Being passionate about women’s rights she loved helping to manage the East Bay Women’s Conference and assisting the National Woman's Political Caucus. Her other accomplishments included major fundraising and advocacy efforts for new gymnasiums, sports fields, and of course the Walnut Creek Library, which she was very passionate about. In 2014, she was named Citizen of the Year to honor her years of service to the Walnut Creek community.

Janet was preceded in death by her father, Francis, her mother, Betty, and her brother, James. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Charles, her three sons, Stephen, Andrew, and Peter and her four grandchildren, Matthew, Lindsay, MJ, and Mary.

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Join Us Virtually

Saturday, October 23 
1:00 PM PDT/ 2:00 PM MDT/4:00 PM EDT. 

Please join us for a celebration of Janet's life.

Information on how to join the ceremony is below.

Janet's virtual ceremony will include time for Open Remarks, during which guests will be invited to come forward and share their comments. If you would like to speak during the ceremony to share your memories, stories, thoughts, or condolences, please email support@lightenarrangements.com to send us your name so we know to call you forward to speak. We ask that each guest keep their remarks to 1-2 minutes so that all guests who wish to speak have a chance to do so.  

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National Women's Political Caucus