Janice A. Beanston passed peacefully in her sleep on November 1st. She was 95 years old. She was born in Oakland, CA in 1926 to George Beanston Jr. and Helen (Inglis) Beanston. While still an infant the Beanston family, including older brother Donald moved to the Sunset District of San Francisco. She attended the neighborhood school Jefferson Elementary and then went to Lowell High School, graduating in 1944. The next two years were spent at then named San Francisco Junior College Her next stop was UC Berkeley where she graduated in 1948 with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Physical Education.
Jan started her 34 year teaching career at Sutter Creek Union High School teaching girls Physical Education. Three years later she started teaching at Mt Diablo High School, knowing that in September 1953, Pleasant Hill High School would open and she would be Girls P.E. teacher and head of that department. While at PHHS she taught P.E., 9th grade Social Studies and a Leadership class for which she was also the advisor. She enrolled in the Masters Program at San Francisco State, graduating in 1960 with a Master of Arts, qualifying her to be a full time counselor. She continued as a counselor until the school was closed in 1980 NOTE: She was on staff when PHHS opened and still on staff when it closed. After the closure she spent two years as counselor at Ygnacio Valley High School. She retired from education in 1982.
Jan enjoyed her retirement, reading, puttering in her yard, some golf, and doing crossword and jigsaw puzzles. She followed the SF Giants, the Warriors and UC Berkeley Women's Basketball. (Go Bears!) She took regular trips to Reno and Lake Whatcom in WA state.
She is now resting next to her parents at Woodlawn Memorial Park, Colma, CA.
Her written instructions were followed. NO funeral. NO services, NO gatherings.