Janet Rae Corley was born to Gladys and George Corley in Seattle on Sept. 20, 1934. She was raised on Magnolia Hill and went to school at Queen Anne High before attending Cottey College for Women in Missouri. Janet married Richard Hurlen in 1955 and raised her family in the north end of Seattle and then moved to Twisp in 1980.
Active in the community, Janet produced many plays for the Methow Valley Theater as well as early involvement in what was to become Methow Arts. Her poetry was featured at Confluence Gallery during shows as well as readings out of her books of poetry she produced.
Janet was very interested in holistic healing and was accomplished in massage. Janet was also an astrologer. She loved this valley, and her door was always open for friends.
Janet is survived by her brother George Corley; her sister Katherine Hannestad; daughters Rowena Hurlen Moynihan (Paul), Rebecca Hurlen Patano (Terry), and Jennifer Hurlen Wallis; and by her grandchildren Damien Wallis, Dominic Patano and Marco Patano.
A memorial service to be held Saturday, May 21, at 3 p.m. at the Methow Valley Community Center in Twisp. There will be a potluck following the service.
Memorial contributions can be made in lieu of flowers to Jamie’s Place and Methow Valley Theater.