Died: March 22, 2011
Married: Dr. Alfred M. Decker December 20, 1943 in Lowville
Janet Parker Decker was born in Lowville, New York, the daughter of Fay and Jessie (Blackmon) Parker. She was valedictorian of Lowville Academy in 1938, and attended the University of Rochester, graduating in 1942. From 1944 to 1945 she attended the George Warren Brown School of Social Work of Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.
She worked for a time as an agent for dependent children in Lewis County and later for the Crippled Children's Society and Children's Aid Society in St. Louis. She volunteered as a nurses' aide during World War II.
She served the North Country Girl Scout Council as finance chair, and as regional coordinator of the American Field Service. She earned a master's degree in Education at SUNY Plattsburgh, and then accepted a position as assistant professor of English at North Country Community College, later serving as chair of the Division of Developmental Studies. Traveling to China in 1982, she taught English at Nankai University in Tianjin.
She was named Saranac Lake Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year, and in 2001 she was given the Harold K. Hochschild Award by the Adirondack Musuem. She served on local, regional and state library boards and received the Outstanding Service to Libraries award from the New York Library Association. She served as curator of the Adirondack Room of the Saranac Lake Free Library for 15 years.