Janie Carlton Rutherford

May 3, 2013 

Janie Iris Carlton Rutherford passed away peacefully on May 1, 2013. A native of Durham, the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Carlton she was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 55 years, Jim Rutherford and sisters, Gladys Smoke, Eunice Shaw, Hilda Yow & cousin ClaraLee Rigsbee. Janie was a Durham High School graduate and loved planning many high school reunions for years to follow. She attended UNC-G and Croft Business College. Her love for flowers shined by showpiece gardens and flower arranging. Janie served and participated in many clubs such as Garden Club, Bridge Club, and the one closest to her heart for 55 years, Supper Club. She held numerous jobs such as working for a CPA, attorneys, insurance agencies, the NC General Assembly; but her favorite career and the one where she was able to shine God's love was the Coordinator and Interim Director of Children's Preschool at Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church. Janie loved every minute spent at Hayes Barton United Methodist Church, being a member since 1958. She volunteered and helped develop the preschool. She was a member of the Asbury King Class. Janie will be remembered by her warm smile, her hugs, and her unconditional love for Jim and her family. She is survived by her three daughters: Jan Barfield and husband Craig of Lawrenceville, GA and children Ben, Daniel, & Allison; Judy Barnhill and husband Leigh of Manassas, VA and children Lauren, Ryan and Matt; Jill Highsmith and husband Michael of Raleigh and children Lily & Jackson and niece Sue Papreck of California and cousin Raymond Rigsbee of NC and special friends Thad and Paula O'Briant. Our family gives special thanks to Hospice of Wake County and Brighton Gardens. Funeral service is Monday, May 6th at 3:30pm at Hayes Barton United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Hayes Barton United Methodist Church at 2209 Fairview Rd, Raleigh, NC 27608.

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