A Sacred Moment


Janis Kathleen Cobb

November 08, 1952 - February 13, 2017

Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and colleague

After a short but hard fought battle, Jan passed away peacefully at home from complications of cancer.  She is survived by her husband, Steve Cobb; daughter, Heather Smith (Casey); grandchildren Alexandra, Michel and Jared; sister, Joan Vaughn (Ken).  Her father (Byron Strange) passed away three days after Jan.  She was preceded in death by her mother, Jessimai Strange.

Jan married Steve Cobb in 1972 and welcomed Heather into their home in 1973.  After two years, they moved to Seattle, bringing her closer to her family.  After obtaining an accounting degree from Central Washington University, she became a Certified Public Accountant, beginning her career with her own practice in Edmonds, Washington. Residing in Edmonds for the last 35 years, Jan has worked with many clients, serving many for over 20 years.  Her clients were also her friends and she helped them with passion.  Her daughter remembers her as a driven mother who encouraged her to pursue her goals without ever giving up.

Jan was very active with the Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance, the Washington Association of Certified Public Accountants and other professional organizations.  She also supported the performing arts as a long standing member, and a behind the scenes volunteer, for the Edmonds Driftwood Players and as treasurer for the DeMiero Jazz Festival.

Jan loved to travel and had the chance to explore Ireland, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Canada, Mexico and numerous places throughout the United States.  She also enjoyed making jewelry and trying her hand at various types of crafts.

Jan’s greatest joy in life was her family, especially her grandkids.  They were the center of her being and brought her happiness every time they were together.


A memorial service and celebration of life will be held for Jan and her father on March 4, 2017, 2:00 pm at the Edmonds Yacht Club, 326 Admiral Way, Edmonds, WA 98020, on the Edmonds waterfront.   Please see the map and directions link below to Edmonds Yacht Club.


Jan has asked that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in her name to the Accounting & Financial Women's Alliance (AFWA) Chapter #9 Scholarship Endowment Fund, c/o Patricia Angell, 6018 East Mercer Way, Mercer Is, WA 98040.


Legacy of Love

A wife, a mother, a grandma too,
This is the legacy we have from you.
You taught us love and how to fight,
You gave us strength, you gave us might.
A stronger person would be hard to find,
And in your heart, you were always kind.
You fought for us all in one way or another,
Not just as a wife not just as a mother.
For all of us you gave your best,
Now the time has come for you to rest.
So go in peace, you've earned your sleep,
Your love in our hearts, we'll eternally keep.

Author Unknown

Love Lives On

Those we love remain with us,

for Love itself lives on.
Cherished memories never fade;
because one loved is gone.

Those we love can never be
more than a thought apart,
for as long as there's a memory
they live on in our heart.
Think of her as living
in the hearts of those she touched,
for nothing loved is ever lost,
and she was loved so much.

Author Unknown

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