Janet Loper Coye Nelson passed away December 9, 2013, in Ashland, Ore. after an adventurous life. The daughter of Violet Grinolds and Harold Loper, Janet was born in Kauai, Hawaii in 1926. During the war Janet worked with the USO theater group then attended Bennington College where she met her first husband, Robert Coye.
Janet is survived by three children, Molly Joel Coye (a physician), Peter Coye (an entrepreneur), and Carol Coye Benson (a senior partner in a payments consultancy); four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Janet earned a Masters in Social Work from the University of Rochester. She was the Director of the Dane County Mental Health Association, a policy advisor to the governor of Wisconsin, and a national policy consultant on prison health reform. In the 1970s Janet drafted and led a successful campaign to pass legislation protecting mental health patients' rights.
Janet had a 30+ year loving marriage with Lawrence Nelson. After retirement, they traveled by sea and lived in Hawaii. They settled in Ashland, Ore. Larry Nelson's loving devotion supported Janet during her battle with Alzheimer's. Larry passed away in May.
Janet's family are deeply grateful to the Ashland Creekside Adult Foster Home, who provided excellent care, and to Geriatric Case Manager Lillibet Gillespie, the Creekside staff, and professional caregivers in the Ashland community, for their compassion and dedication.
Larry's and Janet's ashes will be scattered by family in Hawaii. Donations may be sent to ACCESS, PO Box 4666, 3630 Aviation Way, Medford OR 97501.