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Janet Wright Barrett
Oct. 30, 1932-July 20, 2020
Columbus, Ohio

Janet Lorene Wright Barrett, age 87, passed away on Monday, July 20, 2020 at Kobacker House in Columbus Ohio. Janet was born on October 30, 1932 in Columbus to the late Fred and Belinda Lorene Wright. Also preceding her in death was her beloved husband Raymond Barrett. Janet graduated from the Columbus School for Girls in 1950 and attended Denison University. She relocated to Palo Alto, California with her first husband Donald Cope, and completed her undergraduate studies at U.C. Berkeley in 1954. She received her teaching certification from San Jose State University and began teaching as a Special Ed. teacher in the Palo Alto Unified School District. Ultimately, she received her MA in Special Education from Santa Clara University in 1980. Janet spent her teaching career as a valued member of the Palo Alto Unified School District. She loved teaching, especially teaching reading. She particularly enjoyed working with the most needy and challenging students. Janet continued to teach, and mentor other teachers until the age of 75. Janet enjoyed hiking and backpacking in the High Sierra, and in later years, traveling the world with her beloved Ray. Jan and Ray loved the San Francisco Symphony and Opera and were devoted subscribers for many years. They just loved laughing and being together for 35 years. Janet will be deeply missed by her loving daughters, Lori Cope (Dave) Curran; Lisa Cope (David) Cohn; loving son, Douglas Cope; first cousin Richard (Louesa) Foster; brother Fred Wright; her six grandchildren, Alex Cohn; Kristina Reynolds; Jeremy Cohn; William Cope; Rachel Cope; Susanna Cohn; and two great-grandchildren Liam and Olivia Cope. Donations may be made in her honor to Room To Read, Sierra Club Bay Area Chapter, or Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. Memories and messages may be entered on her Tribute Wall at!/Obituary

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