The world lost a truly unique soul last week. Janie left this life on April 7, 2023 to join her siblings Lucy Alarcon and Bertha Tarango, Parents Elvira P. Balderrama, Jesus Balderrama and other beloved family members that passed before her. Janie’s legacy lives on in her daughter Gillian Woods son-in-law Wesley Woods, and granddaughters Leila and Sydney Woods. Joining them in celebrating Janie’s life is niece Jennifer Alarcon as well as her sister Stella Leal and nieces Selene Leal, Corrie Hajjar and Lisa Leal, brother Frankie and Terry Ann Balderrama and nieces Taylor and Audrey Balderrama. Her BFF and closest cousin Nellie Ruiz de Esparza, along with several other wonderful cousins. A local girl, born in Anthony , Texas where she lived a childhood in the company of three sisters playing in freshly picked cotton trailers. She took chronic illness in stride and her love of life was contagious. She was funny, her humor was usually dry, loved a good dose of sarcasm and never failed to leave you with a smile on your face.
Due to her incessant work ethic, her mothering skills were lacking, but she more than made up for it with her granddaughters. As a grandmother she taught her girls to love life, how to take risks and follow your heart for things/people you love and to have fun. She was a saint and a little devil in one and taught them the beautiful balance between the two.
She requested there be no services and in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Animal Rescue League of El paso. Janie didn’t want anyone to mourn her loss so remind everyone who knew her to take this news and let it fill you with happy memories of the life she had. Celebrate your own. Do anything that makes you laugh. Her ashes will be scattered in an unknown location and unknown time (because her request is probably illegal).
“Burn what is left of me and scatter the ashes to the winds to help the flowers grow. If you must bury something, let it be my faults, my weaknesses and all prejudices against fellow man. Give my sins to the devil, Give my soul to God If, by chance you wish to remember me, do it with a kind deed to someone who needs you. If you do all I have asked, I will live forever” –To Remember Me by Robert Noel Test.
I have fought the good fight I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Timothy 4:6-7
For A.S. - “Seems like yesterday
But it was long ago
Janie was lovely, she was the queen of my nights
There in the darkness with the radio playing low
And the secrets that we shared
Mountains that we moved
Caught like a wildfire out of control
‘Til there was nothing left to burn”.