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Janet (Jan) Travers


Janet (Jan) Travers, 80, died peacefully on Wednesday, July 30th at the Solace Care Center in Asheville, NC.

Born on May 16, 1934 to Leah (Williams) and Richard Kirchner, Jan was one of two children. She attended the University of Wisconsin and graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1955. She earned her Master’s Degree in Education from SUNY-Potsdam.

She married Tom Travers in 1954. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this year. The couple raised their three children in Canton.

Jan was a fifth grade teacher in Canton’s Middle School. She loved raising and training Shetland Sheepdogs and enjoyed leading obedience classes, often bringing in her own Shelties to demonstrate. She was active in the Canton First Presbyterian Church and Groce United Methodist Church (Asheville) and in volunteer activities at Highland Farms in Black Mountain, NC. Jan treasured the annual family reunions that brought together her ever expanding family at Myrtle Beach each of the last 19 years.

Jan is survived by her beloved husband Tom, their three children, Russ (Carol Lynn MacCurdy), Patty and Mike (Mary Ellen), seven grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. She was preceded in death by her parents, Dick and Leah, and her brother Dick.

Services were held on August 2nd in North Carolina.

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