Janet Emelia (Oates) Ralstin died at her home on April 15, 2007. She was born on June 3, 1950, in Russellville, Arkansas, the daughter of Wade and Emily Oates of Morrilton, Arkansas. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Wade and Eunice Oates and her maternal grandparents, Forrest and Margaret Henry. Survivors include one brother, Randall Oates and his wife Cathy, one nephew, Ben Oates, and one niece, Brook Oates, all of Fayetteville, Arkansas. Survivors also include her cats, Mia and Jolie. Janet graduated from Morrilton High School. She went on to the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville for prepharmacy and received a B.S. degree at the School of Pharmacy at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. She subsequently completed the Masters of Clinical Pharmacy Program at Ohio State University in Columbus. Later, she completed a Master's Program in Social Work at the University of Kansas in Kansas City. For the last 10 years, her career involved the management of clinical research in multiple phases of pharmaceutical drug development. This often involved international travel which she enjoyed. Most recently, she was a senior project manager for Paragon Biomedical in Kansas. Janet was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church in Overland Park. Most of her free time involved outreach activities for persons in need. Professionally, she has been active in the American Pharmaceutical Association. She was especially active in the Pharmacist Recovery Network. In recent years, she added gardening to her list of passions. A memorial service was held on Saturday, April 21, 2007. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Anthony Lamar Fund, 5520 W. 85th St., Overland Park, KS 66207, or to the First United Methodist Church, 201 South Chestnut Street, Morrilton, AR 72110. Janet was also a breast cancer survivor, so contributions to the Susan B. Komen Foundation would also be appreciated.
Published in the Kansas City Star on 4/19/2007.