Janet Ruth Morton (McSherry) died unexpectedly Sunday morning in her home. Janet was the second child and only daughter of Ruth McSherry (Wiant) and Rodney Oblinger McSherry of Kent, OH. Janet was preceded in death by her parents and older brother, Rodney Olbinger McSherry, Jr.
Janet was the wife of COL (Ret) Gregory Vance Morton and the Mother of two daughters, Julie McSherry Kovac (Christian) and Nancy Ruth Hitch (Tyler). Janet was most proud of her two daughters achievements in life - Julie as a thoughtful and caring Registered Nurse in Sarasota, FL and Nancy as a beloved teacher of Fourth grade students in Selbyville, DE.
Janet and Greg were married in June of 1968, just after graduation from The Defiance College in Defiance, OH. Greg entered the Army shortly thereafter embarking on a career of almost 30 years. Over the years Janet turned 29 different houses into loving homes for the family and was an active volunteer in numerous local charities and support groups throughout her years as a proud Army wife. During her life she was honored in many ways for her service to soldiers and their families including the "Molly Pitcher" award which recognizes individuals who have voluntarily contributed in a significant way to the improvement of the Field Artillery Community.
Janet and Greg have resided in Bradenton, FL in the most caring and friendly neighborhood of Rosedale for over 13 years. This year she passed a milestone in that she had by 2014 lived in the same house longer than anywhere else in her life.
In addition to her loving husband Greg, Janet is survived by both daughters and their families, Mrs. Christian Kovac (Julie) and Mrs. Tyler Hitch (Nancy) and three Grandchildren, Rebecca McSherry Kovac, Julie's daughter and Nancy's daughters, Sydney Rose Hitch and Kelly Ann Hitch.
Janet is also survived by her Uncle Dale Wiant of St. Clairsville, OH, Cousin Walter McSherry of Kent, OH and Cousin Ted Kuckuck of Indiana, PA.; and Cousin Barbara Cox of Kent, OH. Additionally she will be lovingly remembered by many nieces and nephews and members of the extended Morton family.
A local celebration of Janet's life will be held on Thursday at First Church of the Redeemer in Sarasota, FL.
In lieu of flowers friends are asked to make a contribution to The Defiance College, 701 North Clinton St, Defiance, OH - Janet Morton Memorial Fund. Janet will be interred in Arlington National Cemetery at a date to be determined.
The family expresses our sincere appreciation to Dr. Laura Hershorin and her staff for the caring and compassionate care they provided Janet over the last several years as she bravely and repeatedly battled numerous health issues.
Last, we have faith, that as she passed from this life, her beloved family was there to lead her on the the next phase of her journey.
(RC 4-2, 4-3, 4-4)