1949 – 2022
Janis Betty Hunt Boucher, our beloved mother, sister and aunt left this earth on March 11th. She will be remembered for her intense love of her daughter, Rana, and life in the Sierra.
Janis was born in Chicago, on September 9, 1949, but her family soon travelled to Lincoln, CA where she and her siblings grew up on the Hunt family dairy. She was an accomplished ballerina from an early age until her teens, performing solo in Sacramento recitals. Jan graduated from Lincoln High School in 1967 later becoming a legal aid in Auburn followed by world travel visiting Europe and much of South America.
Jan worked for the Tahoe National Forest, where she developed her lifelong appreciation of the Sierra and knew much about its flora, fauna and geography before going to work for her parents at Sardine Lake Resort, later becoming a partner and shared owner. She was an instrumental member of the Lakes Basin Coalition created for the protection of the Upper Sardine Lake and Sierra Buttes special treatment areas. Before joining the Resort, Janis was co-owner of the now gone pizza tavern, the “Ore House”, which many residents in Sierra City will remember as a great gathering place.
Jan’s love of living in the mountains in her little cottage where the birds and wildlife gathered, was where she was the happiest. Crystals hanging in the windows, plants brought in every winter to survive the weather and Bob Marley & the Whalers playing on the radio while she painted or made waxed roses was who we will remember. Her sister Elizabeth adds that she will always cherish the wonderful, lifelong sister love and will always carry Jan in her heart with memories of the antics they got into together.
In addition to her beloved daughter Rana Hunt, she leaves her brother Tom Hunt, sister Elizabeth Hunt Henggeler, stepdaughter Jenny (Boucher) O’Donnell, life-long friend Lee Kirby, Hannah Bateman and nephews Josh Martino and Jonathan Chaney. She was predeceased by her grandparents, Audrey and George Browning, as well as her parents, Dorothy and Chandler Hunt.
The family wants to thank her friends and caregivers who helped enrich Jan’s life and are planning a celebration of Jan’s life in June. In lieu of flowers, donations to the World Wildlife Fund or the Sierra County Land Trust are requested.
“Sun is Shining” Bob Marley – 1974