Janet Anne Chipman Ellington passed away after a sudden illness at her home on February 16, 2017. She was born January 12, 1935, in Yuba City, California, to William and Evelyn Chipman. As an only child, Janet grew up in the Sacramento Valley of Northern California within a large and close family of aunts, uncles, and many cousins. She attended Yuba City High School and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley. There, she met her husband to be, Will (Bill) Boyd Ellington, Jr., on a blind date with friends at a little off-campus bistro where Dave Brubeck was performing.
After graduation, they married in 1956 and moved to the small logging camp community of Wildwood, CA. They soon moved to Dunsmuir with two small children and a beagle named Champ. In 1968, they relocated to Lake Oswego, OR., where she lived until her final day.
Janet joined the work force at Portland Community College in 1973, assisting in the Media Services department. She worked there for 30 years making many good friends and discovering an exceptional talent in black & white photography. Her skill and commitment rewarded her with best of show ribbons and an amazing collection of images shared by her family to this day.
She and Bill enjoyed family cabins in the Shasta Retreat neighborhood of Dunsmuir all these years, and vacationed there extensively. Together, they hiked the hundreds of trails to lakes and meadows of the Shasta-Trinity area, photographing much of its splendor. Following Bill’s passing in 1998, Janet continued to vacation there visiting with relatives, neighbors, and dear friends. The time she spent there in the Retreat was her favorite, and her love for the area and for Dunsmuir is known by all. She was a donor to the Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens which she believed to be one of California’s best secrets.
Words are insufficient to describe just how much she will be missed by her family and friends. Everyone who has known her will always remember Janet. She is survived by her son, Mark Ellington and his wife Julie of Bend, OR., daughter Lynn Reese of Lake Oswego, OR., and her granddaughter, Sarah Janet Reese of Beaverton, OR.