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“We had over a ton of Trips with just Laughter and persuasive messages being interpreted by My #1 Supply<3 ”
1 of 51 | Posted by: Dantinique McElVeen - Austin, TX

“I remember sitting next to her at LBJ supporting the boys and yelling at the referees everytime they did something wrong . Its still hard to believe...Read More »
2 of 51 | Posted by: Azuree Williams-Scott - Austin, TX

“You were a gentle giant that always made us laugh. You made Tarleton a good place to be. ”
3 of 51 | Posted by: Eric King - Dayton, TX - friend

“I thank God that I had the opportunity to know you. You and Sophia were a couple of the tallest girls in jr. high which really made people take...Read More »
4 of 51 | Posted by: Dawna Knotts - Austin, TX

“I Love you other sister mamma. You were always good to us kids. A true Angel on earth. Huling McDonald Cavalier Park ”
5 of 51 | Posted by: Huling - Austin , TX

“I am stunned and very sad to hear of Janet's passing. I had just reached out to her a few months back and was making plans to see her on my next...Read More »
6 of 51 | Posted by: Kim D. Washington - Houston, TX

“No words can truly express the pain felt from the loss of a loved one and friend. Janet's spirit was infectious and I am thankful to have known her...Read More »
7 of 51 | Posted by: La Christa Roberts - Austin, TX

“May prayers and love please support the family in this time of need. May Janet's soul join others in heaven. Loria ”
8 of 51 | Posted by: Loria Givens Ewing - Houston, TX

“To the Darby family... We just found out on today of Janet's passing. We would have been at the funeral today if we knew. Thank you for sharing...Read More »
9 of 51 | Posted by: Trisha Dillard-Jones - Houston, TX

“My prayers and thoughts are with you and the family during this time of heartfelt loss. I am only a phone call away if you need me. God Bless! ”
10 of 51 | Posted by: Joyce Williams - Austin, TX

“Jahlil, we love you and will always be there for you. Your mother will truly be missed but she has left us with a wonderful and talent gift. Continue...Read More »
11 of 51 | Posted by: THE LINDSEY & ALEXANDER FAMILY (CEDRIC TRAYLOR JR) - TX

“I was truly sadden by the news of Janet's sudden passing. May God provide comfort, peace and understanding to the family/friends. My thoughts and...Read More »
12 of 51 | Posted by: Joy Horton Rodgers - Dallas, TX

“May the lord bless and keep the family. Just remember to lean on the Lord in this time. Janet is resting in the arms on the Lord, talking with Moses...Read More »
13 of 51 | Posted by: Bryon L. Swisher - Houston, TX

“My the lord bless and keep the family. Just remember to lean on the Lord in this time. Janet is resting in the arms on the Lord, talking with Moses...Read More »
14 of 51 | Posted by: Bryon L. Swisher - Houston, TX

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. She will be missed. ”
15 of 51 | Posted by: Bryon L. Swisher - Houston, TX

“God blessed me with Janet when I coached with the Austin Striders Track Club in the 1980's. Janet was a very talented young lady, who was committed...Read More »
16 of 51 | Posted by: Reverend Errol L. Hardin (Coach) - TX

“SPEECHLESS CANT BELIEVE IT...REALLY GOOD PERSON AND MOTHER...JUSS FOUND OUT..JANET U WILL BE TRULY MISS.IM SAD.........U OR IN MY PRAYERS AND MAY GOD...Read More »
17 of 51 | Posted by: Jimmy Brown - Austin - Freind

“Janet Darby you will be truly missed. My girls Allexius and Destine'e asked me mom who is going to keep us laughing now. We loved you Janet but, God...Read More »
18 of 51 | Posted by: Ronda Arnold - Pflugerville, TX

“My condolences, sympathy, and prayers. ”
19 of 51 | Posted by: Jennifer Laurich - Amarillo, TX

“Janet, my you rest in peace. I really enjoyed coacing you. You were a leader on the team, my friend and a young lady always. I cherish the day when...Read More »
20 of 51 | Posted by: Coach Howard Ware - Austin , TX

“It was very sad to hear that my friend Janet Darby passed away. To the Family, The God of Love and Peace shall be with you. Rest in peace my friend...Read More »
21 of 51 | Posted by: Mark McCullough - Pflugerville, TX

“Miss Janet was one of the first women I had the pleasure of meeting when I started working at Velocity about 7 years ago. She showed me the ropes...Read More »
22 of 51 | Posted by: Leah M. Williamson - Austin, TX

“Ms. J.D. Your warm smile, hugs and having you as my security will truly be missed. I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even...Read More »
23 of 51 | Posted by: Teresa L. Hill

“Ms. Janet was like family to me so it's pretty hard for me to except the fact that she's gone. I just checked up on her on 12/21/12 via facebook and...Read More »
24 of 51 | Posted by: Elisa Edem - Austin, TX

“I am still in shock and saddened about Janet's passing. JD was an amazing and gifted person and brought so much humor wherever she was. She was a...Read More »
25 of 51 | Posted by: Stephanie Stout - Austin, TX

“I'll never forget all the advice that Janet (JD) Darby gave me over the years. I first met her at work and she was one of the first persons that...Read More »
26 of 51 | Posted by: MARI - austin, TX - Friend

“No words can express how saddened I am to hear of such a cheerful person leaving us! With all faith, I know that I will see you again, and your witty...Read More »
27 of 51 | Posted by: Tracey Harris-Reid - Las Vegas, NV

“My prayers are with you and your Family. ”
28 of 51 | Posted by: Marilyn Harden - Austin, TX

“I am sadden by the passing of Janet. I have known her family all of my life and my heart and prayers go out to the entire family. Ms. JoAnne, I...Read More »
29 of 51 | Posted by: Marilyn Harden - Austin, TX

“I pray for peace and comfort for the Darby family! ”
30 of 51 | Posted by: Yolanda (Gamble) Easley - Austin

“Damn Big Sis still in shock over this. I know God makes no mistakes but yet we still have the right to question him cause he will give us our answer....Read More »
31 of 51 | Posted by: James Traylor - AUSTIN, TX

“Girl you didn't have to leave like this you will be truly miss around here with that smile and all that you are in our hearts and in our prayers and...Read More »
32 of 51 | Posted by: Juanita Johnson - Austin, TX

“Family and Friends of Janet, We are sorry to hear of the loss of Janet. We "pray that you will have more and more of God's grace and peace," at...Read More »
33 of 51 | Posted by: Mr. & Mrs. Robinson - Austin, TX

“It has taken me a while to really grasp the realization that you passed. I remember the last time we ran into each other before i moved to Tampa at a...Read More »
34 of 51 | Posted by: Teri Lyn Freeman - Tampa, FL

“I am saddened to hear of Janet's sudden passing. I ran into Janet last year at an LBJ game and was happy to see that she was still the same happy-go...Read More »
35 of 51 | Posted by: Lori Plicque - Austin, TX

“Word just cannot explain how much I miss you. Our sons Ced and Jahlil have been best friends ever since they were babies. I'm still in shock because...Read More »
36 of 51 | Posted by: Craddick Traylor - Manor, TX

“Words can't explain how I feel right now. Ke'shon is really sadden by this, he said that " Ms. JD was there for me when you couldn't be there" JD...Read More »
37 of 51 | Posted by: Cheryl Dukes - Pflugerville, TX

“Please know that you are in our hearts and prayers. May your loving memories sustain you during this difficult time. Much love, Libbe Dennard & Lee...Read More »
38 of 51 | Posted by: Libbe Dennard & Lee Harris

“To the family: My prayers are with you at this time. Janet is remembered for her infectious smile and as a warm and sincere person. She will be...Read More »
39 of 51 | Posted by: Kim Williams-Thompson - LA

“Special thoughts and heartfelt prayers are with you and your family during this time of sorrow. Wishing you as much peace as possible during this...Read More »
40 of 51 | Posted by: Paula Johnson Graves - Greensboro, NC

“my prays are with yourfamily! god takes the best and leaves the best! ”
41 of 51 | Posted by: Cynthia Tisino - austin, TX

“Shock and saddened are the two words I would use to describe how I felt when I heard of Janet's passing. I am still in disbelief! I don't always...Read More »
42 of 51 | Posted by: Lisa (Patridge) Horton - TX

“I will miss acting a fool with you at the basketball games. JD was always the same every time you saw her. You will be miss. ...Read More »
43 of 51 | Posted by: tim williams - pflugervill, TX

“Janet - you will truly be missed. You always had an amazing spirit and smile that made those around you, smile and laugh with you. To your family I...Read More »
44 of 51 | Posted by: Karen Davis Leak - Austin, TX

“My warmest and deepest thoughts and prayers are going out to Janet's family. I graduated with her in 1985, she was always cheerful as we passed each...Read More »
45 of 51 | Posted by: Desiree Fowler - TX

“Janet I am very very sorry that you had to go. I know that it was not your plan, but alot of things in life never are. I am very sad that you had to...Read More »
46 of 51 | Posted by: Sophia Graves - Austin, TX

“I am sorry to hear of Janet passing. My prayers are with the family. ”
47 of 51 | Posted by: Gloria Wiggins (Levels) - Houston, TX

“I graduated with Janet in the Class of 1985 from LBJ High School. I recently saw her at a basketball game at LBJ. We hugged and told each other it...Read More »
48 of 51 | Posted by: Stephanie Maxwell - Cedar Park, TX

“May the lord be with this family at this time in need . The KELLEY fAMILY ”
49 of 51 | Posted by: Vanessa Kelley - austin, TX

“We were so saddened to hear of Janet's passing. Our family met Janet and Jahlil through the CCYA Tiger's basketball team. We always felt better...Read More »
50 of 51 | Posted by: Chip, Karen and Matt Cooper - TX

“I am sorry to hear of Janet's passing. I will keep her family in my thoughts and prayers. May God be with you. ”
51 of 51 | Posted by: janet jones - Taylor, TX


Janet Lynn Darby left our world and joined her God, Sunday morning December 30, 2012. She was born May 24, 1967 in Watertown, New York.

The family, along with her older brother Harold, Jr., returned to her mother's home town, Austin, Texas in 1971. While attending LBJ High School her basketball team captured bi-district, district, and area championships.

Janet also played college basketball while attending Tarleton State University, majoring in Marketing. She returned home, began working at Sears and met Fritz Tutein. They maintained a long term relationship. Jahlil, now a gifted athlete, is the son of Janet and Fritz. Her last employment was with Velocity Credit Union.

She enjoyed following her son and the LBJ basketball teams - always there cheering on, encouraging and working in whatever capacity needed. Janet was a passionate supporter and could hold her own in conversing regarding sports with the best of the jocks…

Her friendships remained constant through the years. She was a loyal friend whose quick sense of humor drew others to her.

Janet is survived by her mother, Joanne Jones; son, Jahlil Tutein; and many relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her brother, Harold Darby, Jr.

Memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 5th at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home on North Lamar.