Janet Edmonds Hale passed away March 29 in Grass Valley after a short battle with cancer. She was 73.
Mrs. Hale was born Feb. 5, 1934, to Vesta Carlson Edmonds and Manford Wayne Edmonds at Whitlock Hospital in Powell, Wyo. Her parents had a farm south of town and Mrs. Hale grew up there with three brothers.
She learned to be an excellent cook from her mother and grandmother and helped cook for harvest crews. She worked in the garden during the summer. Mrs. Hale also learned how to sew from her grandmother and she made most of her own school clothes as well as shirts and suits.
She was an excellent fisherwoman and spent many days fishing and camping with her family. Mrs. Hale had a Morgan mare that she rode in parades and with friends whenever she could.
In 1952, Mrs. Hale graduated from Powell High School and in 1953, graduated from Denver Business School.
She married Bob Burnett while he was in the U.S. Navy and the couple lived in San Diego for the remainder of his Navy service. They then moved back to Powell and then to Laramie, Wyo., where Mr. Burnett attended the University of Wyoming and Mrs. Hale worked for the same school.
The couple had three children, Randy, Rhonda and Richele. After the couple divorced, Mrs. Hale married John Hale. The Hales moved to his home in Grass Valley where they lived happily for 28 years.
Mrs. Hale was a master Bridge player and was active in her Bridge club. She loved to play in tournaments and won national recognition for her achievements. She also loved to crochet and she received national awards for some of her Afghan designs, which were sold in catalogues.
Mrs. Hale is survived by her husband, John; son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Ann Burnett; daughter and son-in-law, Richele and Pat Dildine; stepdaughters, Patricia Hale, Mary Louise Hale and Sally Hale; brothers, Duane and Jack; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Dwight; and daughter, Rhonda.
Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.
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