She often joked that her tombstone should read: "I told you I was sick." Janet Kay Webb, age 86, of Conneaut, Ohio, died Saturday of complications of COVID-19. Born Sept. 17, 1934, she lived in Conneaut her entire life. An only child, she spent her childhood in East Conneaut with her doting parents: her father, Cash Brown, who dabbled in business ventures that included the legendary Brown's Resort restaurant, and mother, Kathryn, who held down the home front. Janet married Dale Webb in 1954, and they were married 60 years until his death in 2015. They were particularly proud of the accomplishments of their four children, Beth (John) Pyle of Hermitage, Pa., Joseph (Missy) of Geneva, Robert (Carolyn) of Conneaut, and Craig (Jennifer) of Medina. Janet often boasted that her children never divorced and collectively have more than 150 years of marriage. Janet would say from the single meeting of two people grew a large, loving family that includes 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Her granddaughter Alexandria Webb-Wright preceded her in death. She briefly worked at Fedor's Auction House and Webb Manufacturing, but spent most of her life ensuring dinner was on the table promptly at 5:30 each night and all the kids were ferried back and forth to band practices and other activities. She loved shopping and finding a bargain. A collector of many things, she particularly enjoyed traveling to doll shows with her friends particularly Robin from the Conneaut Doll Club, along with her children and Dale's sister, Joan, who often were her partners in crime, sneaking her trunkful of treasures into the home before Dale would see them. She once came within a whisker of buying a live monkey at a garage sale -- one of the few purchases she passed up only after learning it was a biter. She loved owning dogs and terribly missed her late pets PJ, Shadow and Rufus. Age and chronic health issues caught up with Janet later in life, and the shopping trips became less frequent but, right up to the end, she still would find an antique purse or doll she couldn't live without. She reluctantly moved out of her home in December 2019 to live in the Villa. Janet readily admits she "wasn't always a ray of sunshine" there or during her emergency visits to the hospital but wanted their loving and caring staffs to know she simply wanted to go home. When she contracted COVID in early December, Janet was able to return home after a brief stay in the hospital and entered hospice care. She spent her final days in the care of Hospice of Western Reserve and grandchildren Chasity and Alexis, who both are nurses. Their care allowed her to say her final goodbyes to her family and enjoy one final plate of "chow mein" - long a traditional Christmas Eve dish in the family, dating back to the 1940s - and a Dr. Pepper. The family will have a private ceremony with burial in the East Conneaut Cemetery. Her children will host a public memorial at a later date. Memorial donations can be made in her name to the Ashtabula County Animal Protective League, 5970 Green Road, Ashtabula, Ohio, 44004. Funeral arrangements were handled by Marcy Funeral Home, 208 Liberty St., Conneaut, OH.,44030
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