Janalee Jeffries, age 54, passed away peacefully at her home in Grantsville after a long battle with cancer. She was born on January 16, 1970, in Midvale, Utah to Jacqueline Ann Smith and David Larry Jeffries. Everyone knew her by the name Jana, and she was full of life, love, and laughter and always had plenty to go around. She was such a ray of sunshine and the most selfless person that anyone could have ever known. She loved spending time with family, camping, fishing, and of course watching University of Utah football when football season came around. She loved spending time at home where she could relax and spend time with her cats Grace, Leeliu and Little Dude. She always made jokes about being the “crazy cat lady” and if her son-in-law would have let her, she probably would adopted every cat she came across, especially Siamese. Jana loved going on adventures, whether it was to the mountains for fishing and camping, to the sand dunes in a utv, or on a long road trip anywhere as long as she was with friends and family. She also loved her job at the dentist’s office where she had been for almost 31 years. Her patients had become more like friends and family, and she always enjoyed seeing their smiling faces as they walked through the door. She always greeted everyone with a smile, no matter what was going on in her personal life. Jana had battled cancer since May of 2023 and she always kept a positive outlook on life, no matter how hard it knocked her down. She fought like a warrior till the very end, and she will be greatly missed by friends, family, and those whose lives she touched.
Jana is survived by her daughter Sherridan (Bryan) Staley, her parents Jackie and David Jeffries, her brother David (Alysen) Jeffries, her sister Suzanne Jeffries, and many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her great nephew Gage Jeffries, her uncle Mark Jeffries, her aunt Beverly (Frosty) Froisland, her uncle Don Marcek, and her Grandma and Grandpa Jeffries, and her Grandma and Grandpa Smith.
“Fly High Momma, I’ll See You Again One Day.” – Sherridan Staley