Janet Mottayaw

October 16, 1935 ‒ September 24, 2019

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Janet Imogene Russell Mottayaw, age 83, passed away Tuesday, September 24, 2019 in Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus.  She spent her final days surrounded by her family.

Janie was born October 16, 1935 in Bellville to parents Charles Stanley and Winifred (Garber) Russell.  She graduated as valedictorian of the Lucas High School class of 1952 and from Ohio State University in June 1956 with a degree in Home Economics.  The following month she married William Mottayaw which lasted 62 years until his death only 6 months ago.  Janie worked as a teacher and later in various positions with Sears for over 30 years until retiring.

Janie was a multi-talented quilter, seamstress, knitter, and generally mastered any craft that caught her eye.  She made hundreds of gifts for family members that will be cherished.  She enjoyed reading, gardening, solving puzzles, and didn’t miss an episode of Jeopardy.  However, her greatest love was supporting her grandkids and great-grandkids and attending thousands of their sporting and dance events.

She is survived by her children: Chris Mottayaw of Columbus, Craig (Denette) Mottayaw of Bellville, and Carl (Jorja) Mottayaw of Bellefontaine; grandchildren Josh (Amanda) Mottayaw, Daniel (Erin) Mottayaw, Becca (Aaron) Bagley, and Brooke Irvine; great-grandchildren Brylyn, Tatum, Harper, Kyla, Kayden, and Olivia; brothers James (Pat) Russell, Charles (Shirley) Russell and Howard Russell; along with numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family members.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill, parents Stan and Winifred, her sister, Shirley Thurston and sister-in-law Margie.

Janie collected hundreds of angels throughout the years and is now the guardian angel for her precious family.

Her family will receive friends Friday, October 4, 2019 from 4-7pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home.  Graveside services will be Saturday October 5 at 11 am in Franklin Cemetery.

The Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve Janie’s family and encourage you to share memories at: SnyderFuneralHomes.com


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  • So sorry for your loss. She will be missed . All of you have our sympathy and God bless . From the Hammond’s in Arizona. Bonnie,Gary, Greg family.

  • I am in Pennsylvania and just read the obituary. I send you my condolences and pray for peace for the family. Pat Pearl.

  • Dennette and Craig and family, I’m sorry to learn of Janie’s passing. She was such an avid fan of the kids’s sports, I remember her at all sorts of events. My sympathies to you all.

  • Craig (Dennette) – my condolences at the loss of you mother. I will be out of town when you are having calling hours & services. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  • Chris, May God wrap his arms around you and your family at this time. You and tour family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Chris, Craig,& Carl,

    We just want to send you all & your families our deepest sympathy and prays. We were sorry to hear of Janie’s passing. Both of your parents were really great cousins. We sent a lot of time together over the year. Family Holidays ,Reunions and The Russell get togethers. So sorry for your loss. The Russell Sisters from Jenera. Kay, Marcia & Jill