Janet Swagerty Rinker Sherwood passed away peacefully at home on Nov. 29, 2018, in Phoenix, Ariz., at the age of 61.
Janet, or “Bibs” to her closest friends and family, was born on March 10, 1957, in Clayton, N.M., to Bill Swagerty Sr. and Eunice Swagerty. As the youngest of four children, she was often the source of entertainment for her older siblings and loved for her creativity. When her family headed west to Mission Viejo, Calif., she quickly adopted the laid-back Southern California lifestyle. While attending college at UC Santa Barbara, Janet met her first husband, Bart, with whom she shared two sons, Alex and Spencer.
After several years of vacationing to Sun Valley, Idaho, in 1989 she and her family moved permanently to the Wood River Valley, where Janet would raise her sons during their formative years. She was a welcoming face at the Sun Valley Golf Course pro shop for many years, greeting and helping guests with friendly enthusiasm. An avid golfer herself, she enjoyed the long summer Idaho days that allowed her to pursue this passion.
In 2003, Janet relocated to the Bitterroot Valley in Montana, where she would fall in love with Todd Sherwood, a retired smokejumper and engineer. There she pursued her second passion, interior design, running a local shop with her sister. She lived in Montana for nearly 10 years before settling down in Phoenix, Ariz., shortly after Todd’s untimely death to be with her eldest sister, Trish, who was always there for her and meant the world to Janet.
She spoke often about her travel explorations, particularly New Zealand golf adventures with her good friend Doyle Corbett and trips to Belgium with Todd.
Janet’s universe revolved around her two sons and grandchildren. She was proud of her role in raising her sons and loved being an “Omah” to her two grandchildren. She will be remembered most for her big heart, compassionate smile and kindness and as a great mother. She will be missed and forever loved.
Janet is survived by her siblings, Trish Miller, William Swagerty and Nancy Anderson; two sons, Alex (Caley) Rinker, Spencer (Shawna) Rinker; two grandchildren, Weston and Reese; and numerous nephews and cousins.
The family will be hosting a private celebration of life in the spring.