On June 14, 2015, Elizabeth Jane Lopez (Pelton) passed away; she was surrounded by family and close friends. Elizabeth, who went by Janie, was born in Louisville, KY on June 25, 1956. Janie’s childhood was spent between Louisville, Deming, NM and Phoenix, AZ. Some of her fondest childhood memories were of time spent in Deming and Louisville with her cousins. Eventually her family settled in Phoenix, where she attended Kachina Elementary School and then graduated from Arcadia High School in 1974. After graduation, Janie spent a month traveling around France. This not only gave her the opportunity to practice her French skills, her favorite language, but was an adventure that gave her a lifetime of memories. If she could have lived anywhere, she would have lived in a small village outside of Paris. She attended PC, SCC and NAU for a period of time. Janie was predeceased by her father, Daniel Pelton, and her younger sister, Shannon Lynne Smith. She is survived by her mother, Birda Pelton, sister, Mary Anne Webb, and her brother, Jay Pelton. Janie is also survived by her two children, Daniel Cantelme and Lindsey Cantelme. Her children were the joy of her life and she could be heard telling stories about them every day of the week, to anyone who would listen, willingly or not. She said the birth of her children were the best days of her life, both the most beautiful and painful. Janie had a passion for language, music and cooking. She believed that language and food bring people together. She could define or spell just about any word brought to her and most nights were spent listening to music, at whatever decibel she saw fit. She spent many years providing care to the elderly, as she was adept at providing both loving and firm care for others. Despite her many moves, Janie was skilled at making friends wherever she went. She would often join in games of poker or Scrabble, which she especially enjoyed playing with her dearest friend, Alan Scott. Janie was a loving woman and she will be deeply missed. Memorial services will be held at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, on Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 4:00 pm. Her children ask that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Central Arizona Shelter Services.
Janie’s “full of life” spirit will be missed on this earth. As Janie’s neighbors since 1978, we watched her grow up and become a very caring and loving mother and woman. She was beautiful, inside and out. Her warmth and intelligence and sparkle in her eyes were with her…wherever she went…whoever she was with. She was her authentic self always. And she had a wicked sense of humor:-) Our thoughts and prayers are with her family for the loss of her on this earth.
Bryan and Lynne Brown
Laura and Bill McAlpine
Jane we didn’t know you, but you must have been a very special person. You raised a beautiful and caring daughter Lindsey, whom we are proud to call daughter too and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Rest in Peace Jane.
Jo Ann Bauer
Such deep condolences to Janie’s family, especially Lindsey. May God’s love and light surround you and may Janie rest in peace and her family and friends in the promise of what day being reunited in health and wholeness. Much love. Jo
I am so sorry for your loss.
May her memory serve as blessing.
Sending endless healing prayers..
My deepest condolence to you Lindsey and family. Your mother must have been one very special human being raising such a beautiful daughter with possibly the same amount of care for others as she had. God bless each and everyone of you.