Janet Lynn (Yocom) Hollingsworth: 1962-2018

Aug 30, 2018

Janet Lynn (Yocom) Hollingsworth was born on December 6, 1962, to Frances Jean (Woodside) Yocom and Deryl Aurin Yocom in Aurora, Colorado.

Deryl was in the Army, so from birth Janet grew up alongside her older brother Michael, moving all around the United States and even overseas in Turkey and Germany. When her father was discharged in 1967, they moved to Seattle, Washington.

After Janet and Michael finished the school year, the family relocated to Edmonds, Washington. In 1971, Janet became a big sister when they welcomed her younger brother, Mark.

Throughout her elementary school years, she discovered a passion for music and her church youth group. In high school, she joined the marching band, playing flute. It was also in high school that she discovered her love of traveling, and was active in the high school youth group at Edmonds Presbyterian Church.

Her junior year of high school brought exciting times, including being trapped in Spokane during a band trip when Mount Saint Helens blew up.

During college, she studied travel and tourism, intending to become a flight attendant or travel agent. While she studied, she worked on campus in the Shoreline Community College library. Janet discovered her passion for library science as well.

After graduating with her degree, she met Don Hollingsworth Jr. through a mutual friend. They were true soul mates and married on October 6, 1984. Two years later, they welcomed their first born and daughter Amanda Lynn on December 14th. Four years later, in 1991, they completed the family with the birth of their son, Charles Andrew, on June 12th.

While raising her two children, Janet kept active in many activities. She continued to be active in the church.  Janet always had a smile on her face, and a sense of humor. Family, friends, and faith in God were her rock.

In February of 2018, she was diagnosed with stage 4 rectal cancer. Janet passed away quietly on August 13, 2018, in her sleep. She is survived by her husband of 33 years, Don Jr., her daughter, Amanda Shirk (Michael), son Charles, and her three grandchildren, William, Katherine, and Elizabeth Shirk.

Memorial Service is scheduled 1 p.m. September 8th at Edmonds Presbyterian Church, 22600 96th Ave. W, Edmonds.

In lieu of flowers, Janet requested that donations be made in her honor to PAWS or Edmonds Presbyterian Church.

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