Janet Elliott Danforth

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Janet Elliott Danforth

February 05, 1947 - October 01, 2018

Westminster Janet Elliott Danforth, 71, died at home in Westminster, SC, on Monday, October 1, 2018, after a long battle with cancer. Janet was born in Bangor, Maine on February 5, 1947, the daughter of Dr. James A. "Doc" Elliott and Beatrice Barton Gould. She was the oldest of three children, James A. Elliott Jr., and Paul Elliott.
Janet is survived by her husband, Robert L. Moir of Westminster, SC; former husband, Chris Danforth of Orrington, ME; brother, Paul Elliott of Lakeland, FL; sons, Stuart T. Danforth (wife, Tricia Hass) of Westminster, SC, Mark G. Danforth (wife, Terrie Wysocki) of Bangor, ME; William Wallace (son-in-law); nine grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter, all of Westminster, SC. Janet was preceded in death by her parents; brother, James; and daughter, Christie Danforth Wallace of Westminster, SC.
Janet graduated from Bangor High School in 1965 and attended the University of Maine, Orono.
Janet's passions were many and deep. She was a consummate genealogist, historian, writer, speaker, singer/actor, professional facilitator, educator/trainer/coach, and beloved wife, mother, and grandmother. None was more important to her than Grandmother.
Also an accomplished horsewoman, Janet bred, raised, and showed Morgan horses with her father, Doc Elliott. The Elliott/Danforth families were stalwarts of the Maine Morgan Horse Association for many years. In the early 1980's Janet was Editor of Show Horse Magazine, a national publication serving the flat-saddle sport, covering Morgans, Arabians and American Saddlebreds. Her love of horses continued throughout her life, introducing her grandchildren to horse sport, and riding as long as her health allowed.
Janet was proud of her Scottish and Canadian heritage. She researched the family history of her children back to the Mayflower and to Charlemagne. For 20 years she served as Georgia Commisioner for the Elliott Clan Society, and as South Carolina Commissioner for eleven years. Many of her happiest days were spent helping others discover their genealogic roots.
Janet's overriding lifelong passion was maternal and child health... She started teaching childbirth classes in the Bangor area in 1966, the first classes offered in the area, and the second in the state. She taught as a volunteer for 15 years for the Maternal and Child Health Council. In 1981, Janet and partner Linda Wheaton Jenkins Harris began offering childbirth classes at Wing Park in Bangor. For six years, Janet and Linda organized teen conferences for the prevention of adolescent pregnancy at the Civic Center in Bangor for 500 high school students. They worked closely with Dr. Paul Lamarche, Bangor Family Planning, and the March of Dimes. Janet was the March of Dimes Advisor for the state of Maine. Over two decades, Janet's work was instrumental in reducing infant mortality in Maine to 4.7%, rivaling the best statistics in the world.
Janet's professional life included editing a national equine magazine, serving as VP of Marketing for a bank holding company, and co-founder and president of Facilitator4hire, Inc. until her death. With her husband/partner Bob Moir, Janet travelled internationally for clients in Europe and North America since 1999.
Janet received her professional credential of Certified Professional Facilitator CPF from the International Association of Facilitators (IAF) in 1999, becoming one of the first five CPFs in North America, introducing the professional certification to the U.S. In 2000, Janet became an IAF Assessor for the certification, and travelled internationally, helping CPF candidates get their professional credential.
In 2018, Janet became the tenth person to be named to the IAF Hall of Fame, and the first to receive the IAF's CPF Emeritus designation.
Janet's passion, her compassion, her drive for excellence and her love of people earned her the love and respect of friends, clients, co-workers, and family. Janet will be long remembered, and never replaced.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to West-Oak Band Boosters www.bandsofwestoak.com.
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8 posts

Oct 16, 2018
I am very sorry for your loss. When we lose a loved one in death, it may be difficult to find the comfort we need. The “God of all comfort” gives us a loving promise for the future when death will be no more. At Acts 24:15 it promises that “there is going to be a resurrection.” We have the hope of one day welcoming back our loved ones who have passed, and this is something we can put complete confidence in; God cannot lie (Titus 1:2). I hope your family finds genuine comfort from this.
Richard Downes
Oct 15, 2018
Janet was a passionate activist who brought quality and professionalism to every one of her wide ranging endeavors. I was privileged to witness the optimism and determination with which she faced her health issues at a lunch we shared in April. She was a sterling example of activism, selflessness, and dedication to worthy causes. We will miss her.
Donna Adams
Oct 11, 2018
I remember good times at Phillips Lake when our children were small. We had many conversations about horses, etc. she had a lot of heart. She was an amazing woman.
Toni Chapman Moleon (Bangkok, Thailand)
Oct 10, 2018
Dear Paul, Robert, Chris and family, I I was so sorry to hear of Janet's passing. I have such lovely memories of the 'Elliott' family from my younger years in Bangor. The entire family were great neighbors and good people. You have endured too many losses the past few years. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. With deepest sympathy and love, Toni
Ginny Farwell Weaver
Oct 09, 2018
Janet lived a full life and touched many people in so many ways. Her love of drama
was evident early as a student at Garland
Street Junior High School. My sympathy
to her family.
Nancy McDonald
Oct 05, 2018
I am so sorry to hear of Janet's death! She was such a wonderful person and so full of life! Reading this made me think back to when we were both pregnant, she with Stuart and me with my daughter Jenny Mabee. We sat at my kitchen table one day in Orono and between the two of us consumed a whole package of Oreo cookies! She was lots of fun! I am sure you will miss her terribly!
Deborah Edmondson
Oct 05, 2018
I was Blessed to have such a Wonderful in my life. You will Always be a Shining star with me Always. I'm going to miss. Love you Always 💕😇
Gail White
Oct 05, 2018
Prayers for the family