Sept. 27, 1937 — Nov. 10, 2018
Janet C. “Jan” (Bullock) McAllister died in Cannon Beach, Oregon, on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, at the age of 81.
Jan is survived by her daughters, Anne Kathryn Palamides and Kathleen Mary McAllister, both of Los Angeles. Anne has two children, Emilie and Glenn Palamides; and Kathleen has two children, Victoria and Sarah Assad.
Jan was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. She graduated from Van Nuys High School in 1955, alongside schoolmates Robert Redford and Natalie Wood. She attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where she majored in anthropology, and later went on to get her elementary education certificate from California State University, Northridge.
She had a brief career as a grammar school teacher and as an airline hostess. While working, Jan met her husband, John McAllister. They had two children, Anne and Katie. After six years of marriage they divorced, and Jan decided to re-enter the workforce. She worked as an advertising account executive at the Los Angeles Times, and later fulfilled one of her lifelong dreams of becoming a print model for the Nina Blanchard Agency. Eventually, Jan decided to move to the Oregon Coast. Once in Oregon, Jan expanded her career and became a real estate agent.
One thing you can say about Jan was that she dressed impeccably. She was very sophisticated, and carried herself well. Though she had Type 1 diabetes, she would exercise and walk continuously. She would walk with her daughter, Anne, frequently, having engaging conversations about life, people she had met over the years, and the vibrance of nature. That is why she fell in love with Oregon.
Jan was very creative, and fixed up her cottage-style homes in both Los Angeles and Cannon Beach. She had an eye for color, vibrant fashion, and décor. She also liked to cook, and was a tour de force in the kitchen, with a devotion to comfort food her entire family enjoyed. Ever the perfectionist, she would wash and iron her professional outfits the evening before, to make sure her next day was the very best.
After moving to Oregon, she became more engaged with the grandchildren. Nothing would stop her from giving advice, helping them with their homework, remembering their birthdays, or telling their parents what works best. She would always say, “That’s what Grammys do.”
A funeral is scheduled for Dec. 14 at 10 a.m., in Cannon Beach, at the Cannon Beach Community Church, with a reception to follow. Pastor David Robinson will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to celebrate Jan’s life.
Condolences may be sent to The Palamides Family, 106 N. Citrus Ave., Los Angeles, CA., 90036.
Memorial donations in memory of Janet can be made to the Cannon Beach Community Church Compassion/Deacon Fund, P.O. Box 37, Cannon Beach, OR., 97110.