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Janet Rae Buss

December 21, 1939 ~ April 22, 2020 (age 80)


Janet Rae Hibbert Buss, 80, passed away Wednesday, April 22, 2020 due to complications of diabetes. She was born December 21, 1939 in La Grande, Oregon, to Leo Eugene & Gertie (Nebeker) Hibbert, and was the third of eight children. She attended La Grande High School and Eastern Oregon College, where she played bassoon, and played in the Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestra.  She was happy to perform in a church dance festival in S.L.C. as a young woman and marched in the Spokane Lilac Festival with the band. She earned a B.A. in dance and P.E. at Brigham Young University.

She married Paul Adelbert Buss, Jr. on June 11, 1962 in the Logan Utah Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Paul was at her side for almost 58 years.  She was the proud mother of 10 children. Family, and her faith, were the most important things in Janet's life. She only ever wanted to be a mother and raise her children to believe in Jesus Christ. She was active in church and she had a strong testimony since she was a little girl. She served in many capacities at church including: Relief Society, Young Women and Primary Presidents, Ward Missionary, Family History Consultant, various teaching positions, and Roadshow Director multiple times.  This was especially suited to her many talents as she would write, direct, choreograph, design and paint the sets, and even won best show twice. Her favorite calling was that of a wife and mother. Janet loved serving and talking to people, no matter where she was, and was a master storyteller, whether it was family history or one she made up on the spot. The family joked she could tell anyone at the grocery store her life story in five minutes. Janet was extremely active as president of the PTA and the Dubuque County Republican Women's association. She had many interests including dance, music, art, drama, musicals, horseback riding, children, and softball. She sang baritone in Sweet Adelines for many years. 

Janet was preceded in death by her parents, Gene & Gertie, infant sons, Brent & Nathan Buss, her brother Ritchie Hibbert, and a daughter in-law Heather Adams Buss.  She is survived by her husband, Paul, and by her children Kevin (Arlette Thompson), Virginia Beach VA, Vincent (Heather Torrie), Woodridge, IL, Yolanda Fisher (Kenneth) Aurora, IL, Debbie James (Clinton) Woodridge, IL, Tricia, Payson, UT, Preston, Springfield, UT, Nanette Sparks (Todd) Las Vegas, NV & Alicia Åhlfors (Rainer) Provo, UT, 34 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings Larry (Janet) Hibbert, Dallas (Cheri) Hibbert, Karan (Jim) McDaniel, Ivan (Lynette) Hibbert, Milo (Kathy) Hibbert, Dixie (Leon) Hendrickson and a sister-in-law, Debbie Hibbert, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.  Janet lived in La Grande, OR, Provo, UT, Ames, IA, Walla Walla, WA, Dubuque, IA, and Aurora, IL. She is happy to finally be going home to Oregon.

Our family expresses sincere thanks to Envision Hospice and Cascades at Orchard Park for their assistance during this difficult time.  Due to the coronavirus, Janet's funeral will be closed. She made over 1000 quilts during her lifetime for friends and organizations, so in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Humanitarian Services at

Interment will be at Hillcrest Cemetery in La Grande, Oregon.


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