Monday, November 13, 2017

In Memorium - Janet Akers (1948 - 2017)


Painted by Janet Akers

This past weekend, we held a memorial service for my sister, Janet Purky Akers (1948 - 2017), who passed away as a result of colon cancer that had spread throughout her body. She was cremated, at her request, and is survived by her two sons Kieth and Alex, my mother (age 95) and me.

Janet Akers was a professional artist and enjoyed traveling to such diverse places as France, Italy, Great Britain, Mexico and Southwestern United States (particularly Sedona and Taos, New Mexico) where she painted landscapes and wildlife. Some samples of her artwork can be seen by clicking on the link to her web site.



I have posted two of her paintings on this blog.


Painted by Janet Akers
The memorial service was held at her house and was attended by approximately 40 of her closest friends, family and acquaintancs. It was not a religious service, but rather, we all gathered to tell stories and our memories of Janet. It was really great to hear about her through her friends as one after another they stepped forward to tell their stories about Janet. We all really could feel her presence at the gathering. I learned many things about my sister that I did not know and I was glad to meet many of the people that I had heard her talk about all of these years.

Janet's colon cancer was discovered 3 year ago when she had her first ever colonoscopy. By then it was too late and had she had a colonoscopy on a regular basis earlier in her life, any polyps would have been discovered and remove and she would still be with us today. I'm sure that she would want me to tell as many people that I could to have a regular check up and colonoscopy after age 50. I ask that anyone reading this to heed her advise to have regular check ups.

Janet was one of those people who always seemed to be followed by bad luck. Like Lemon Snicket, it seemed like a series of unfortate events were her life. However, she always bounced back and persevered, largely through her love of the arts (music, opera, art and painting) and travel. Her artistic talent improved by leaps and bounds over the years and I am amazed at where her skills had taken her  by the time of her passing. Her two sons were the joy of her life and it always came back to her love of her sons and family.

Rest in peace Janet, we will miss you.

I post this report not to seek sympathy and prayers, etc., but rather to have my own memorial to my sister permanently placed in the blogoshere.


29 comments:

  1. My sympathies to you and your family, Jim. This particular malady is well known in my family.

    Your sister's work is an inspiring legacy, thanks for posting the photos.

    Jim

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  2. Understand what you are going through, lost my brother in November 2016. Condolences on your loss. Your sister had a genuine talent.
    Michael

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  3. I am so sorry for your loss Jim. I personally know exactly how hard it can be when a close family member succumbs to this dreadful disease. She will live on however in her wonderful paintings.

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  4. Likewise, Jim. You and your family are in my thoughts.

    Best Regards,

    Stokes

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  5. I'm sorry for your loss Jim and she was indeed a talented painter.

    Christopher

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  6. my condolances, its good you have fantastic paintings to remember her, all the best

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  7. Lost my father to cancer so I understand your grief. She really was a talented painter. My condolensces to you and your family, Jim.

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  8. My condolences to you on the loss of your sister. I see talent with a brush runs in the family.

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  9. Condolences Jim but her talents will ensure that her memory lives on in the hearts and minds of many.

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  10. Sorry to hear of your loss. A nice memorial it is.

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  11. So sorry for your loss. She was an amazing talent.

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  12. I'm very sorry for your loss Jim and for your daughter's loss. Its good that you have her paintings to keep her memory alive.

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  13. Prayers for her family, and yours.

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  14. My condolences on losing your sister. I agree, she was indeed talented and it's great you have some of her creative work to remember her by.

    I also agree about colonoscopies. They aren't pleasant, but they are worth doing. I had mine a couple of months ago.

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  15. I am sorry for your family's loss. Your sister has left a glorious legacy in her artwork not to mention her memories of time spent with you and yours.
    Alan

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  16. Thank you all for your kind comments and sympathies, and for the reminder that Janet lives on through her art.

    "The business of life is the acquisition of memories, and in the end, that is all there is."

    Carson - Downton Abbey

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  17. Jim, my condolences and sympathies for you and your family. Your sister sounds like quite a person and the world is better for being part of it.

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  18. Please accept my condolences Jim. I am very sorry for the loss to your family.
    Respectfully,
    Bill P.

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  19. So sorry to hear of your loss. Our condolences to you and the family.

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  20. I am sorry for your loss Jim. I hope the happy memories will ease the pain in time.

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  21. My sincerest condolences, Jim, on the passing of your sister. Her talented artwork is a beautiful tribute, and enhancer of your memories of her. This sad event is especially significant as I am going to have my colonoscopy this morning for polyp surveillance - my father had bowel cancer. I would reinforce your message to all to have regular checkups. Best wishes, Rohan.

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  22. Very sorry to hear of your loss. Best regards, Bill

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  23. Please accept my condolences for the loss of your sister, a truly amazing talent and I'm sure an amazing lady.

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  24. So very sorry to hear of your loss, your sisters art and memories will live on for you and your family.

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  25. So sorry to hear of your loss Jim, my thoughts are with you and your family. Best wishes, Stuart

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  26. Also my condolences for you, your family.
    First i seen the paintings here and thought, what great work and only afterwards i recognised why you presented those. Because you posted these fine arts its surely also for you most important as positive memory.

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  27. Sorry for your loss. Glad to hear she'll carry on in the memories of others through her art and friendship.

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