Janet Louise (Shank) Taulton

Born: Fri., Oct. 24, 1930
Died: Sat., Jan. 13, 2018


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wed., Jan. 17, 2018
Location: Donald B Thompson Funeral Home

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Thu., Jan. 18, 2018
Location: Locust Valley First Church of God

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Janet Louise Shank Taulton was born in Middletown, Maryland on October 24, 1930, the first child of George Franklin Shank and Mary Annabelle Rohrback Shank. She was predeceased by her parents, her brother, James Leroy “Sonny” Shank, and her husband of thirty-eight years, Franklin Eugene Taulton.
Janet attended school in Middletown, graduating from Middletown High School in 1948. She married the love of her life, Franklin Eugene Taulton on December 11, 1948 and together, they built their first home in Locust Valley. It was the first of many houses built by Frank in his career as a contractor. They welcomed the birth of their daughter, Sheila Mae Taulton Brumage on August 27, 1952. Janet was employed at the Hanover Shoe Company in Middletown where she worked until the plant’s closure in 1984. Afterwards, she worked for Frederick County Public Schools and for Rite Aid until her retirement in 1993.
She was a lifelong member of Locust Valley First Church of God, where she served as treasurer on the council for over 35 years, a Sunday School teacher, and worship leader. Her devotion to the church kept its doors open during many years when the congregation was very small in number. Janet will also be remembered as a gracious and selfless caregiver in her community, helping many elderly residents over the years with running errands, driving them to doctors appointments, house cleaning, and doing other odd jobs. Working hard to give of herself and to help others was central to Janet’s personality and outlook on life. She was a member of community organizations including the Gapland Homemakers Club and Century Temple #4 of the Pythian Sisters in Brunswick.
In her retirement, Janet devoted her life to her grandchildren, Jody Michael Brumage and Alison Michelle Brumage. She was a constant presence in their lives, caring for them and encouraging them to grow in their interests and passions. Janet enjoyed sewing and cooking, and she liked to travel to the Eastern Shore for summer vacations spent with her family.
Janet was also a strong fighter battling cancer for the last several years of her life with dignity and perseverance. She passed away peacefully at the Kline Hospice House on January 13, 2018. The family extends their greatest appreciation to the excellent work of Janet’s Hospice of Frederick County Nurses, including Kay, Rachel, Trish, and especially Adrianne. The family also thanks the nurses and staff at the Kline Hospice House for their kindness and support. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Frederick County, 516 Trail Avenue, PO Box 1799, Frederick, MD 21702.
She is survived by her daughter, Sheila and husband, Ernest Brumage of Middletown Maryland and her grandchildren Jody Michael Brumage and Alison Michelle Brumage, also of Middletown.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 17, from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm at the Donald B. Thompson Funeral Home in Middletown, Maryland. The funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm on Thursday, January 18 at Locust Valley First Church of God (1236 Mountain Church Road, Middletown, MD). Rev. Richard Frederick will officiate, assisted by Rev. Joseph Burdette. Interment will be in the Locust Valley Bible Church Cemetery.

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Mary Sue "Moss" Bohrer
   Posted Tue January 16, 2018
Sheila and family,
I was very sad to see that Janet had passed away. I am sorry for your loss but I will always remember her loving and caring way. She was a very caring person and I enjoyed what time I had with her at the meetings for Pythian Sisters. Always remember your mother and keep her close to your heart for she loved you and her grandchildren so much. God Bless each of you.

Debbie Repass Simpson
   Posted Wed January 17, 2018
Shelia & Family,

I am so sorry to hear of Janet's passing. I just remember all the fun times we had working at Drug Fair/Rite Aide together. We kept in touch for many years after but time gets away from all of us to fast. Just always remember how much your Mother loved you and your family. It won't be easy. I lost my Mom last February 11th and each day is a struggle. I am sorry I can't be there but you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Debbie Repass Simpson

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