I was presented with the honor of saying a few about my friend Jan Gross. As many around Whidbey, I was blessed by her friendship from day one. Jan never met a stranger or let one get away always love at first sight on both sides. The first time I met her was in 2007 when she was active with then Beach Watchers Advisory Council and the Lighthouse Environmental Program where I served on both boards with her. Professionally, Jan was a registered nurse caring for children’s health issues but her caring expanded into every aspect of her life. After semi-retirement from nursing, she became the Goat Goddess at Island County Fair and of course later she was known as Gramma Jamma. The 3 Generations jam business was started by Jan and her daughter Becca Hyman with help from granddaughters, hence the name.
Smiling and chuckling over many memories of Jan and her quirky sense of humor I always come back to how kind, loving and yes, feisty she was. Her great love of family, husband, son, daughter, and grandchildren was beautiful to see.
She lived and loved spreading kindness and laughter to all who were blessed with her presence. I am grateful to have known her and being a part of my life.
God Speed Jan.
Written by: Nicole Luce
Remembering Connie Clark who recently passed away from multiple myeloma. Connie and husband Neal joined Beach Watchers in 2007 and Connie happily dove into the BW website which was ready for a facelift. And that springboarded to her developing an online system for tracking BW volunteers and our hours and activities. The ripples from her vision and coding spread far and wide through BW, and then Sound Water Stewards, and to many related Puget Sound organizations as she translated our data and tracking needs into online systems for Sound Waters and SWS Info and for managing our organization.
While Connie quietly applied her genius to user-friendly tools and apps, anyone who sat in a meeting with her knows how her creativity and perspective spotlighted fresh ideas and new ways of approaching a need.
She was a delight to work and play with! She was always learning, figuring out how to improve something, a lover of flowers, a can-do person, a great friend.