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Janeane Luken Morrissey

Saturday, March 20, 2010

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Janeane Luken Morrissey died at her home in Silver City, N.M., on Friday, March 12, 2010, of esophageal cancer. She was 61. Janeane was born in Spencer and attended the University of Iowa, where she received a master's degree in social work in 1977. She worked as a social worker in Florida and then held various management and executive-level positions in human services in Iowa and Michigan.

Most recently, she served as the director of human services in Muskegon, Mich. During her tenure, she brought 24 human service agencies together to create a Community Coordinating Council, a collaborative that exists to this day. She served as a board member for the Muskegon-Oceana Community Against Poverty initiative and also served on the board of the Hackley Community Care Clinic. She received the Patricia B. Johnson Outstanding Leader award in 2002.

Janeane married Drew Demorest in 1999 and retired to New Mexico in 2003. Janeane's community involvement continued in New Mexico where she served as chair of the Grant County Foster Care Review Board. She was also the board chairman of the Grant County Volunteer Center.

Janeane will be remembered for her brilliant mind, her clarity of purpose and advocacy for social justice, her humble style and huge heart -- and her ability to inspire others to see a better future.

She is survived by her husband, Drew in New Mexico; a sister, Sheri (Dick) Vohs in West Des Moines; and a brother, Gene Luken in Spirit Lake; as well as in-laws Mark and Katie Demorest; several cousins, nephews and nieces.