Janet Hymas Obituary (1927 – 2021) – Cedar City, UT

Janet Arlene Hymas


Cedar City, UT – Janet Arlene Hymas was born in Ogden, UT on May 31, 1927 to John Robert and Janet Gillespie Maxwell. She died on November 17, 2021 in the loving care of granddaughter Carrie and husband Brian and their children in Cedar City, UT.

Arlene met her sweetheart at a young age at the shipyards in Oregon, where Arlene had lied about her age to get a job. She married her husband Jack Hymas on June 1, 1946, after Jack served in the Navy during World War II.

They had six children together and lived in Salt Lake, Bountiful, and Eli Nevada during their marriage. Arlene was affectionately nicknamed “Speed” by her husband because she never stopped and sped around the house. She loved ironing, cooking and cleaning, but also found time to be a model and saleswoman for lighting.

They later moved to Cedar City in 1978 to start Cedar Electric Supply with their son Jack and wife Marilyn. They were active at Elks Lodge, where they liked to dance. Her hobbies included shopping at JC Penny, ordering Avon jewelry, and taking photos with her Minolta camera every day. For many years she headed the Albertsons’ photography department. After living in Cedar City for nearly 8 years, they retired to St. George, Utah, where they hosted many family barbecues. Jack’s health deteriorated for the worst and Arlene had to take care of him for many years until he died in 2008.

After leading a very active life for 94 years, she is now reunited with four of her children and her husband. Arlene was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, and she was often found in the kitchen preparing tasty meals for anyone who came to dinner. Her house has always been an open house and she often took care of multiple people and people were drawn to her infectious smile. Her zest for life has never diminished and even after many years with dementia, she has never given up trying to enjoy her life to the fullest. She will be remembered for her courage and attitude to put one foot in front of the other. Grandma walked around the block several times a day, but unfortunately a few months ago she lost her faithful mate Princess a Yorkshire Terrier and that was her ultimate downfall and she forgot to go for a walk. Grandma always said if you stop moving it goes downhill and she was right, Grandma has touched many people’s lives and she will be remembered forever for her cheek and quick wit until the end. The family would like to thank the care and love of Suntree Hospice and the love of Waylene Woods, their special CNA. Grandma Hymas will live in our hearts forever and her legacy will never be forgotten.

She leaves behind: her daughter Karen (Dale) George and Debbie Cameron; 16 grandchildren, Jenny, Stacy, Camie, Dax, Nick, Monica, JR, Carrie, Kellie, Tony, Hannah, Rachel, Kory, and Shelby; She also had 18 great children; and three great, great children. She was continued in death by: her children Lynne Silver, Robyn Riggs, Jack Hymas, and Larry Hymas; together with two brothers; four sisters; and two grandchildren Christopher and Zachary.

The funeral will take place on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church, 690 Cove Dr., Cedar City, UT. There will be a tour at 10:00 a.m. before the service. The burial takes place in the Cedar City Cemetery.

The arrangements are under the direction of Serenity Funeral Home of Southern Utah, 435-986-9100.

Published by The Salt Lake Tribune November 19-28, 2021.

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