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Janis M. Dawsey

February 2, 1939 — December 26, 2023

Janis M. Dawsey

February 2, 1939 — December 26, 2023

Long Beach

Janis Marie Dawsey, a woman whose culinary creations were as irresistible as her vibrant personality, passed away on December 26, 2023, in Southern California. She was born on February 2, 1939, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to proud parents, James Grier Sr. and Sarah E. Grier.  Arrangements are under the care of Forest Lawn, Covina Hills, CA.

Since the tender age of 14, Janis discovered her passion for cooking, and from that moment onward, she dedicated herself to creating delectable dishes that would leave a lasting impression on all who tasted them. Her mastery over the kitchen was unrivaled, and no one could resist the mouthwatering allure of her signature dishes. Whether it was her sock-it-to-me cake, pot roast that melted in your mouth, savory enchiladas or collard greens and black eyed peas that epitomized comfort food, or barbecue fresh off the grill that made every gathering ten times better – Janis' culinary skills were nothing short of extraordinary. Additionally, she had a knack for crafting Chex mix from scratch, ensuring that every bite was a crispy explosion of flavors.

However, Janis' talents extended beyond the realm of the kitchen. She pursued education at Southwest College, LA Trade Tech, and El Camino College, enriching her mind and expanding her horizons. During her time in college, she honed her intellect and fostered personal growth.

Janis held dear to her heart an assortment of qualities that made her truly unforgettable. Her spunky nature infused life into every room she entered while her sassy demeanor never failed to spark laughter and smiles. Her bubbling enthusiasm for life radiated wherever she went—illuminating the lives of those fortunate enough to cross paths with her. They say laughter is the best medicine, and Janis possessed a terrific sense of humor that could cure any ailment of the soul.

One thing that stood out about Janis was her kindheartedness and generosity towards others. She was always willing to lend a helping hand, offering support and love without hesitation. Janis' warmth was like a gentle embrace during uncertain times, providing solace for those who sought comfort. Her selflessness will forever be etched in the memories of her loved ones.

Janis had a knack for keeping a straight face, displaying one of the best pokerfaces known to man. Her astute social intuition allowed her to read people effortlessly, adding an air of mystery and intrigue to her already captivating diva personality.

Throughout her life, Janis found solace in various hobbies and interests. She treasured her daily ritual of savoring coffee first thing in the morning, finding joy in the simple pleasures that each new day brought. Bargain shopping excited her, and she had an eye for finding hidden gems amidst the multitude of choices. Knitting brought her tranquility and allowed her to create beautiful keepsakes for loved ones.

In the realm of entertainment, Janis found delight in mystery shows such as NCIS, CSI, Murder She Wrote, and Hart to Hart – proving that she possessed an insatiable curiosity for puzzles waiting to be solved. Indulging in a good apple fritter or glazed donut was a treat she relished, while the crunchy satisfaction of fried shrimp or catfish brought immense pleasure to her palate.

Janis embarked on building a meaningful life surrounded by cherished family members and friends.  She shared a deep bond with her late father James Grier Sr., and mother Sarah E. Grier. Their love provided the foundation upon which Janis built a life filled with joy and purpose.  She is survived by her loving daughter Lisa Dawsey, who held a special place in Janis' heart—a testament to their unbreakable bond. Additionally, she is mourned by James T. Grier Jr. and Constance Grier, her beloved brother and his wife; Sylvia Griggs, her cherished sister; Barbara Dawsey, her dear sister-in-law; and Blondell Gordon, a treasured sister-in-law, as well as beloved nieces and nephews.

Janis M. Dawsey leaves behind an indelible legacy—rich with love, laughter, and warm memories. Her culinary expertise will be remembered by all who were fortunate enough to taste her creations. The sparkle in her eyes, the melodious sound of her laughter, and her enduring kindness will continue to inspire those she touched. As we celebrate the extraordinary life she lived, let us remember Janis with profound gratitude for the joy she brought into our lives. Though her physical presence may be missed, her spirit will forever remain in our hearts—a reminder of a life that was lived with passion, love, and an unwavering zest for life. May she rest in eternal peace...


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