Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

JANIS CARTER MYERS JUNE 24, 1940 - DEC. 6, 2013 DEDICATED VOLUNTEER AT HER MCKEESPORT CHURCH [Corrected 12/16/13]

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

JANIS CARTER MYERS JUNE 24, 1940 - DEC. 6, 2013 DEDICATED VOLUNTEER AT HER MCKEESPORT CHURCH [Corrected 12/16/13]

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Janis Carter Myers volunteered so often at Kephart United Methodist Church in McKeesport that her husband, son and two daughters considered it their second home.

"All of my friends were at the church. All of my parents' friends were at the church. It was a way of getting together. It kept us out of trouble," said Karen Myers Jeffer, Mrs. Myers' eldest daughter.

An exceptional organizer with plenty of energy and multiple talents, Mrs. Myers served as the church secretary, played the organ at the Sunday morning service and taught Sunday school. She sang with the Kephart Women's Trio, served as the church's finance chairman and belonged to its worship team.

"She absolutely loved it. She was one of those go-getters that got involved in everything that was available," Mrs. Jeffer said.

Mrs. Myers, of White Oak, died of cancer Friday at UPMC Mercy. She was 73.

Her desire to help less fortunate people included a 10-day mission to Port au Prince, Haiti.

"We actually all went as a family to Haiti back in the 1970s. I was in middle school. My dad went and helped build churches. My mother and brother and I were in a choir. We would go in to the established churches and sing. It was eye opening. People were living in huts with no running water. But they all had smiles on their faces," Mrs. Jeffer recalled.

For the past several years, Mrs. Myers organized her church's Clothing Closet Team, whose members sort bags of donated clothing for the poor according to color and size. Along with coffee and doughnuts, the clothing is distributed on the first Saturday of each month.

"Her job was to greet everybody that came into the church, write their name down on a piece of paper and tell them she would be praying for them that week," Mrs. Jeffer said.

Mrs. Myers attended Lincoln Elementary and graduated from McKeesport High School in 1958 with the dream of becoming a teacher. In 1960, she married her high school sweetheart, Arthur Myers. Together, they became active in their church, where Mr. Myers organized the Sunday school teachers, taught a class himself and sang in the choir.

In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Mrs. Myers was an office worker at the McKeesport branch of G. …

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