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Janet R. Mallatt

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SOUTH SIOUX CITY — Janet R. Mallatt died peacefully Oct. 25, 2018, at her home in South Sioux City, with husband, Bill, at her side. She was 79. No services will be held at this time. Janet is survived by her husband of 58 years; their son, Tim, and wife, Colleen; daughter, Tracie Johnson, and husband, Dave; grandchildren, Evan Mallatt; Katelyn Wynia and husband, Derek; Brenden Johnson, Kristyn Johnson and Landen Johnson. She is preceded in death by parents, Jack and Gladys Holmes; infant brother, stillborn, 1937; in-laws, Dale and Marie Mallatt; brothers and sisters-in-law, Gerald and Phyllis Mallatt, Patrick Mallatt and Marian Mallatt; grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Janet was born June 8, 1939, to Jack and Gladys Holmes, at the Dr. Bray hospital, Ponca. She grew up in the rural Laurel area, met her future husband at the age of 13, when he asked her to ride the Ferris Wheel with him at the annual Laurel “Free Days” event. After asking her “mom” she said, “Yes,” and that was the beginning of an eight year friendship and engagement. She graduated from Laurel High School in 1956 and worked in the accounting department at the Laurel Security National Bank until her marriage to Bill in 1960. She moved with Bill to Dodge, where he was a teacher/coach and she became involved in making pottery and learning to be a new mother with her first child. After four years they moved to Sioux Falls, S.D., where Bill continued to teach and Jan continued as homemaker with their second child. She started to work as a teacher aide when the youngest child entered jr. high school. After 25 years in Sioux Falls, she moved with Bill to South Sioux City, where he worked at Great West Casualty Co. Jan started to work with the Sioux City Head Start program and became a teacher for them from 1992 until she retired in 2005. She thoroughly enjoyed working with pre school children and the Head Start program. Janet always wore a smile. Even when life’s events did not go well there was a slight smile. She was a great mom, teaching by word, by example, by fairness, and the Christian way. She was a wonderful girlfriend, wife, and soul mate for Bill. She was always supportive in times of hard decisions, talking things through to a reasonable conclusion. Memorial donations in honor of Janet Mallatt may be sent to, Alzheimer’s Disease Research, 22512 Gateway Center Drive, PO Box 1950, Clarksburg, MD 20871-1950.