Janet Lynn Bixby was born May 22, 1966 to Leroy Albert and Myrtle Bernice Bixby in Long Beach, California. She passed away unexpectedly on November 19, 2022, peacefully in her sleep. Her husband and son,Robert Erhart, and Robert Mackay valiantly applied CPR to no avail. The cause of her death is unknown at this time.
Janet is remembered as being willing to make fun of herself, and not taking herself too seriously. She is known as the definition of unconditional love. Her smile was warmer and brighter than a fire, and her robust, contagious laughter was sweeter than a choir. She had an incredible sense of humor.
Anybody who knows Janet knows she loved her family very much; her children and grandchildren the most. They were Janet’s greatest joy. She loved being a mom and grandmother. She was great to turn to for advicewhen things were bad, because she could always help find the positive, or lessons learned. She was blunt and would tell you what she thought without sugar coating it, even if it might hurt your feelings. You’d know you were still loved by her in the end, and be grateful that she told the truth. She loved to cook, clean and somehow make things out of nothing. She also loved to receive gifts that her children made, rather than purchased.
Janet was a deeply spiritual person. She prayed frequently. She believed her deceased mother was one of her guardian angels. She frequently prayed to know her purpose in life. She had an impression from her mother that caring for others, including her older brother and her children were her purpose.
Janet loved her children and strived to be an example of making the best out of difficult situations and finding the silver lining amidst the clouds. Janet was very smart and creative. She had the ability to “MacGyver solutions to problems.” She was “street wise, with common sense.” Janet also earned a paralegal degree from Mountain West College.
Although she believed in Karma and treasured her book by the same name, she had a testimony of God, the Atonement of Jesus Christ and of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was influential in the conversions of a few people. She believed that things would come back around, kindness would be returned with kindness, and the opposite. What you planted you would reap. She had this spirit and aura about her that you’d feel instantly, and you just knew you were loved. She didn’t judge, look down upon, or lecture. She made people feel loved and accepted for who they are. You could always find an understanding friend in her.
Janet wasn’t perfect in this life, like you and me. She stumbled and fell, maybe more than others at times. But she got up again, brushed herself off and continued on. Through this process she improved as she aged.
Janet was predeceased by both of her parents who were mentioned earlier. She was survived by her husband, Robert Erhart, her ex-husband Robert Rosenbaum her son Robert Mackay (Teresa), Melanie Bixby, Breanna Rosenbaum, Three Grandsons; Lunden, Rayden and Zyler, her siblings;Walter Jessup, Sarah Morton, Sharon Browse, Ronald Jessup, Glen Jessup. She will be missed by all, especially her loving husband, Bob, her brother Walter for whom she was a caregiver and of course their faithful dog, Olivia.
A special thanks to Dr. Watson for his many years as Janet’s dedicated physician. She spoke so highly of him professionally, but she also referred to him as one of her valued friends, complementing his bedside manner.
A Viewing will be held December 1, from 6-8pm at the Taylorsville 13thWard Building located 1495 West Tamerack Rd, Taylorsville, Utah 84123. Funeral Services will be held at the same location on December 2, at 11am.