Janet Ketchum

Jerseyville | Thursday, June 5 2014

Janet Davis Ketchum, 90, a long time resident of Jerseyville died at her Monticello West home in Dallas Texas on June 5, 2014.

Born April 28, 1924 in Jerseyville, she was the daughter of Dr. Frank S. Snedeker and Ruth Davis Snedeker.

She was a 1942 graduate of Jersey Community High School and attended MacMurray College for two years in Jacksonville, Illinois.  After college, she moved to Kansas City, Missouri where she worked for Braniff Airlines.  During this time she met and married Thomas F. Payton Jr. in 1946.  In 1947, they moved to Alton where her son was born.  In 1950 she moved to Litchfield Illinois, where her husband co-founded the WSMI Radio Station.  Upon her husband’s death in 1952, she returned to Jerseyville to live.  In 1967, she married Ben Ketchum a life-long friend.  They were married until his death in 2001.  In 2012, she moved to Dallas, Texas where she lived until her death.

Janet was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Jerseyville for 75 years, a member of the PEO Sisterhood, and Westlake Country Club.

Preceding Janet in death are her parents, a brother F. Samuel Snedeker, and a sister Kathryn Reddish.

Surviving Janet is her son and daughter-in-law Frank and Patricia Payton of Dallas Texas, stepdaughter and stepson-in-law Barbara and Loren Wallace of Quincy, and stepson and step daughter-in-law Glen and Barb Ketchum of Jerseyville, granddaughter Anna Autin and her husband Kurt Autin of Houston Texas, and grandson Andrew Payton of Dallas, Texas.  In addition, there are nieces, nephew, and many step grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at the First Presbyterian Church in Jerseyville on Monday, June 16 at 11 AM.  The Rev Don Stribling will officiate.  A visitation will follow the service.

Memorials will be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Jerseyville and the Alzheimer Association (

 Alexander Gubser Funeral Home in Jerseyville is in charge of the arrangements.

Obit Provided By:
Alexander Funeral Home

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