Janet Shaw Loring passed into eternal peace in the early evening of Monday, May 20, 2019, in Grand Junction, Colorado.
She was the last of her generation, the fourth generation since her family founded the Telegraph in Dixon.
Throughout life, Janet was known for her generosity and gracious ways. She loved sharing meals with others, enjoyed great music, and appreciated art. She was a patron of the Grand Junction Symphony and a regular for Irish music at the Rockslide Brewery. Her house was filled with vibrant colors, lots of sheep, strong coffee and her warm smile.
Janet was born to Robert Eustace and Susan Kilgour Shaw and raised in Dixon, Illinois, where her family owned and operated the Dixon Evening Telegraph. As a young girl she helped with typesetting and running errands for the newspaper.
She graduated from Dixon High School in 1948, graduated from Beloit College in Wisconsin with a bachelor’s degree in 1951, and completed a degree in physical therapy at Northwestern University in Evanston in 1953.
In the spring of 1952, Janet befriended Bonnie Zak and Patricia Loring (Biggs), co-workers at the Chicago Tribune, who introduced her to Bill Loring, Pat’s brother. It was love at first sight. Bill and Janet married on May 23, 1953, at St Luke’s Episcopal Church in Dixon.
Janet and Bill first lived in Long Beach, California, and then Bremerton, Washington, while Bill served in the Navy (1953-1957). They then settled in Mt. Vernon, Colorado (1959) and finally in Fruita, Colorado (1976).
In each era and throughout their marriage Janet and Bill cultivated deep, lifelong friendships with folks from all walks of life. Together they reveled in hosting family and friends for dinners, BBQ’s and visiting each in their homes across the country and globe.
Janet had an unshakable faith in our Lord Jesus, which influenced and shaped her generosity and friendships. Her life on Earth was a wondrous journey.
Tom Shaw, retired president and CEO of Shaw Media, Janet’s cousin, developed a close friendship with her beginning when he was in college.
Their mutual Christian faith provided a unique connection as they would regularly pray for the company, its people, and each other during good and difficult business times.
Shaw believes that Janet helped her family’s company in unique ways throughout her lifetime.
Those who remain to honor her legacy of caring and generosity include her children Mary (Jim) Perkins of Portland, Oregon; Douglass Loring of Grand Junction, Colorado; Bill (Adele) Loring of Ashby, Nebraska; Keith Loring of San Francisco, California; and Jeanne (John) Mick of Ft. Collins, Colorado; and her grandchildren Kathryn Perkins, Elizabeth Perkins, Paul Mick and Ben Mick.
She was preceded in death by her husband Bill, her brother E.K. and her parents.
A memorial service will take place on Sunday, July 28, at 2 p.m. at Seventh Day Adventist Church, 550 25 1/2 Road, Grand Junction. A private internment will take place at the Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery.