Born Aug. 5, 1928, in Northampton, she was the youngest daughter of the late Christopher and Lillian Slocombe (Vanasse). She attended local schools and was a graduate of Smith College.
She lived in Hawaii and Barstow, California, but spent most of her life in Northampton. She loved animals and bred Siamese cats for a time. Janet also loved to travel, visiting many National Parks, Europe, and cruising throughout the Caribbean.
She worked in the microbiology field, as a teacher and as an engineer for the New England Telephone Company.
Janet was a member of the New England Telephone Pioneers and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church (formerly Sacred Heart).
Janet was predeceased by her only sister Patricia, her husband the late Sgt. Robert Francis Murray; and her best-friend and travel companion, Ms. Ruth Barton.
She leaves her loving sons William Murray of Port Charlotte, Florida, and Christopher Murray and his wife Gisela of Florence; a granddaughter Elizabeth Horowitz and her husband Saul of Malta, New York; and a grandson John Murray and his fiancée Katie of Florence. She also leaves a great-grandson, two step-great-grandchildren, as well as several cousins.