Janis Adams Geddes obituary

Janis Adams Geddes Obituary

Elizabeth, Texas, United States

December 01, 2016 - November 01, 2016

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Janis Adams Geddes obituary

Janis Adams Geddes Obituary

Dec 01, 2016 - Nov 01, 2016

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Janis Adams Geddes LUBBOCK-Janis Adams Geddes, age 83, from Lubbock, Texas, passed away peacefully on Nov. 4, 2016, with her family beside her in Nashville, TN. She suffered from Alzheimer's disease. Janis was born on Dec. 3, 1932, in Palestine, Texas. She was the loving daughter of Luther and Floy Adams, and sister to Roger Adams. She married Jack Geddes in 1954 and had one daughter, Helen. Janis began studying dance and ice skating in childhood. At the age of 17 she turned professional to skate as a featured performer with the Ice Capades. She appeared with the nation's leading ice show, Holiday on Ice, and skated with Ed Leary's Ice Revue and The Hotel New Yorker Show in New York City. Janis was a talented and versatile dancer as well as a gifted teacher. She was the owner of Briercroft Academy of Dance and Gymnastics in Lubbock from 1966 to 2009. She was also a past president of the Texas Association Teachers of Dancing and a member of Dance Masters of America and Oklahoma Dance Masters Association. Janis choreographed numerous pageants, events, and theatrical productions. In the world of dance she was known as the iconic Miss Janis. She had an extensive background in theatre and appeared in numerous stage productions and musicals in a wide variety of roles. Some of her favorite roles included: Nellie Forbush in South Pacific, Dolly Levi in Hello Dolly, Rosie DeLeon in Bye-Bye Birdie, and Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls. In 1980 she received the Best Actress Award for her role as Mama Rose in Lubbock Theatre Centre's production of Gypsy. She was a beloved and valuable member of several theatrical communities including the Midland Community Theatre, Lubbock Theatre Centre, Civic Lubbock, the First United Methodist Church Musicals, Lubbock Community Theatre, and Lubbock's Soup's On Troupe. Janis became involved with the Miss Lubbock Scholarship Pageant through her work with Miss Lubbock and Miss Texas 1966, Susan Logan. Her devotion and hard work eventually led Janis and her husband, Jack, to become the owners of the Miss Lubbock Scholarship franchise. Jack and Janis made the Miss Lubbock Scholarship Pageant a successful and prominent part of the Miss Texas and Miss America Scholarship program. Janis was the heart and soul of the Miss Lubbock Scholarship Pageant and a cherished member of the Miss Texas Scholarship Pageant family for many years. She served as treasurer for the Board of Directors of the State Association of the Miss Texas Local Scholarship Pageants. Janis was also a longtime producer for the Miss Texas Outstanding Teen Pageant in Fort Worth. The mayor of Lubbock proclaimed Aug. 12, 1987, as Jack and Janis Geddes Day for their contribution to the City of Lubbock and for their work with the Miss Lubbock Scholarship Pageant. In 1990, Janis and her husband Jack were inducted into the Miss Texas Hall of Honor for their unselfish and dedicated service to the Miss Texas Scholarship Pageant. Janis is survived by her daughter, Helen and son-in-law, Michael Morisette. She is predeceased by her husband, Jack; her parents, Luther and Floy; and her brother, Roger. On Dec. 3, 2016, there will be a memorial mass at 11 a.m. at Saint Elizabeth's Catholic Church, 2316 Broadway in Lubbock. A Celebration of Life will immediately follow at 12 p.m. at the Saint Elizabeth Conference Center on the corner of Broadway and Avenue X. In lieu of flower the family request that donations be made to the .
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