May 28, 2024
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Janie Lee Scarbrough

1940 – 2021

A celebration of life service will be held for Janie Lee Scarbrough, 81, of Farmers Branch and of Emory, on Saturday, October 9, at 1:00 p.m. at The Branch Church in Farmers Branch. The church is located at 3035 Valley View Ln., Farmers Branch, TX 75234.

Mrs. Scarbrough died on July 31, 2021. She was born on March 25, 1940, to John Clifford Gray and Jewel Maudie Gray in Vernon. She met and married Bob Scarbrough after their graduation from Quanah High School and then moved to Farmers Branch in 1968. Along with being a devoted wife and mother, She had a great love for the city of Farmers Branch and was instrumental in creating the Farmers Branch Chamber of Commerce in 1979.  Soon thereafter she helped start the Sister City program with Bassetlaw, England and Garbsen, Germany, and the Friendship City program with Schonbeck, Germany.  She later served as the chairman for several years. She was also instrumental in developing the Farmers Branch Arts Foundation as well as helping her husband build their pharmacy.  

The couple loved traveling the world together and would delight in telling tales of their adventures with friends. In her retirement years, she was the creative visionary behind Scarbrough Haven in Emory. She enjoyed the civic opportunities and the friendships developed in East Texas.

Mrs. Scarbrough is survived by her husband of 63 years; daughters, Lark Swofford and husband Roy, Greer Blair and husband Chris, and Codi Triesch and husband Justin; and grandchildren, Robert, Simon, Noah, Liesl, Jewel and Knox. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Emma Jean Morris and Barbara Ann Rose; brothers, Jackie Don Gray and Billie Joe Gray; and half-siblings, Leroy Roberts and Inez Roberts.