Janet Moody Stiles, who was born to Robert and Miriam (Crabtree) Moody on December 15, 1945, died May 31, 2021. Less than a year after she was born in Peoria, Illinois, the family moved to Helena, Montana. Two brothers, John Stephen and James Stuart, were born in Helena. Her family was active in First Christian Church, which had been pastored by her grandfather and many years later by her brother.
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She attended K-12 at Central Grade School, Helena Junior High, and Helena High, graduating in 1964. After graduation she studied at Montana State University in Bozeman and received her business education degree in 1968. She accepted a teaching position in Broadview, Montana, where she taught until retirement in 2007 except for a brief period when her sons were small.
In 1970 she married Albert Stiles, and had two children, Trevor Jay and Carson Blake. That marriage ended in 1991.
Janet was active in high school and college with majorettes, cheerleading, 3-7-77s, honor society, AOII sorority, and others. During her teaching career she led almost every activity at one time or another except a sports team before becoming yearbook advisor (1978) and senior class sponsor. As a teacher she felt it was important to value each student as a person and to treat each one firmly and fairly. She hoped she had a positive influence on most of them.
Mrs. Stiles became an active member of Bethel Evangelical Church in Broadview. She was council secretary beginning in 1990, was one of several pianists, helped with Bible School and AWANA, and facilitated a Bible study group.
Although she loved all kinds of crafts (calligraphy, painting, needlework, knitting), she eventually concentrated on quilting and produced abundantly. She donated a number of quilts to fundraisers and gave many away.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Steve.
She is survived by her sons Trevor Stiles of Broadview and Carson Stiles of Rapid City, SD; granddaughter Shea Lynn Marie Hardacre-Stiles (Steven Remington) of Blackhawk, SD; and brother Jim (Julie) Moody; and her brothers’ families.
Memorials may be made to Bethel Evangelical Church or Broadview Community Center or charity of choice.