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First United Methodist Church
Monday November 8th, 2021
1:00pm - 2:00pm

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Memorial Service

First United Methodist Church
Monday November 8th, 2021

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Pastor Janet Farrow Grissett


Janet Farrow Grissett, age 58, entered into eternal rest Thursday, November 4, 2021 at Smyth County Community Hospital, Marion, Va.

Janet was an Elder in the United Methodist church and was the pastor of Grace and Greenwood United Methodist Churches in Marion. In addition to her love of ministry, Janet loved animals, always sharing her home with rescued dogs. Janet also loved RV travel, enjoying trips from the Canadian Yukon to Sunny Florida.  Janet served several Methodist churches as a Pastor, BMW charge in Winchester, Va., Accomack Charge on the Eastern Shore of Va., Melrose UMC in Lottsburg, Va., Fieldale UMC, Fieldale, Va. and Grace/Greenwood UMC’s in Marion, Va.  Janet had a special place in her heart for the UMC church and children of El Salvador. 

She is preceded in death by her parents, George and Helen Farrow; and brother, George Farrow, Jr.

Janet is survived by her loving husband of 38 years, Tracy Grissett; two sisters, Margaret Stackhouse (Warren) and Joyce Ewell; two brothers, Chuck Farrow (Gayle) and Al Farrow (Chris); several nieces and nephews; and her puppy dogs.

Memorial services will be held Monday, November 8, 2021 at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 115 South Church St., Marion, Va. 24354, with the Reverend Dr. James Bennington officiating. The family will receive friends from 1 until 2 p.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Smyth Animal Rescue; by mail at Smyth County Humane Society, Attn: Smyth Animal Rescue, 112 South Iron Street, Marion, Va. 24354 or online at www.smythanimalrescue.org.

To share memories of Pastor Janet Farrow Grissett, please visit www.seaverbrown.com. Care for Janet’s family has been entrusted to Seaver-Brown Funeral Service & Crematory, 237 East Main Street, Marion, Va. 24354.

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It was with great sadness that I learned of the passing of Pastor Janet Grissett and Sloane and I send our condolences to her husband, Tracy, and her family. Pastor Janet was "Real people". She preached God's Word with a passion and honesty that bespoke of her love of God. I'll always carry with me a sermon she preached at Lewisetta Chaple about Gideon's battle with the Midiamites (Judges 7: 1-7), about how with overwhelming odds and not through Gideon's own strength or resources, God will meet every need and victory will be assured with God on your side. Basically, it was a message of faith that was illuminating to me in a very personal way and that I have treasured ever since her sermon. May God's servant, Janet, rest in peace.

Bob Kane Nov 12 2021 12:00 AM

So very sorry to hear of Janet's passing. She was a happy soul and it was always a pleasure to work with her. She will be missed...

Heather Street Nov 12 2021 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to hear about Pastor Jan. I thought she was a wonderful, kind hearted person. I enjoyed hearing her speak at Melrose Church and I always walked away feeling good. She even came to my home once and prayed over my elderly sick dog Hannah. I never forgot that. It meant so much to me that she did that. Love hugs and prayers to the family.

Valarie Roberts Nov 11 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Pastor Farrow Grissett

Valarie Roberts Nov 11 2021 12:00 AM

Im so very sorry to hear this news. Pastor Janet will always have a special place in my heart. She was a wonderful person and Im glad I got to have her as my pastor and friend. She will be missed!

Robin Jenkins Nov 8 2021 12:00 AM

I was devastated to hear about Pastor Jan's death and my heart goes out to Tracy and her family. I have so many fond memories of Pastor Jan. She is why I joined the Methodist Church and her discussions with me on my Lutheran beliefs vs. Methodist beliefs won me over. For that I will always be grateful. Her kindness and willingness to help everyone touched me deeply and re-energized my faith in God. I can't tell you how much we missed her at Melrose. I used to get so moved when she would get fired up in the pulpit! Again, my heart and prayers go out to her family. Sincerely, Peggy Payne Wrightson

Peggy Payne Wrightson Nov 8 2021 12:00 AM

To Tracy & Family To hear this news had to be very hard to me and my family. Pastor Jan was/is one of those kind of people who Loved with her whole heart.I remember when my daughter Skylynn was going by herself &one day woke me up & said ur going to church. Pastor Jan just always wanted the best for everyone & showed it. I remember waking up from brain surgery &it was her,my mom &dad right there. No matter if you were in the hospital, nursing home,a shut in,she was there.she Loved those mission trips with our youth.. MELROSE UMC FAMILY LOVED YOU Until we are together again RIP Pastor Jan and Love &to you Tracey & Family

Christina Gray Nov 7 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Pastor Farrow Grissett

Christina Gray Nov 7 2021 12:00 AM

Tracy, It was a shock to hear of the passing of Pastor Jan and we send our thoughts, prayers and sympathy to you. Love, Barbara and Eugene Boothe ... Melrose UMC.

Barbara Boothe Nov 6 2021 12:00 AM

family, with our sympathy, SCHS/SARS.....

mike snavely Nov 6 2021 12:00 AM

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