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Obituary - Janet Graham Backus Morgan

Janet Graham Backus Morgan passed away on Friday, March 27, 2015, at her Morgan horse farm, in Colebrook, CT, with her loving husband Daniel by her side. She was the daughter of the late Dana C. and Louise Laidlaw Backus. Janet's main love and vocation was her Morgan horses. She raised Morgans for twenty years, doing all the breeding, birthing and initial training herself. She then began showing her Morgan horses for another twenty years, riding and driving them herself. She competed in major shows all around the country, winning many championship ribbons.

Janet was active in The League of Women Voters in her former home in Virginia and also in Connecticut. She was also a long time member of the Planning and Zoning Board in Colebrook. In addition to her husband, she is survived by three sisters; Mary Louise Rankin, Elizabeth Girard and her husband Stephen and Harriet Todd and her husband Rob. She is also survived by much loved nieces, Katharine Rankin, Andrea Rankin, Christine Scott and Laurie Williams and nephews, Stephen Girard, James Todd and Nicholas Todd and all of their spouses. She is also survived by several great nieces and nephews. Janet was predeceased by a fourth sister, Anne Backus and a brother in law, Douglas Rankin.

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in Janet's name to The Little Guild of St. Francis, 285 Sharon Goshen Tpke, West Cornwall, CT 06796, an animal rescue organization from which she and her husband adopted many of their dogs. A memorial ceremony is planned in the summer at the family property in Hillsdale, NY. To leave an online condolence, please visit

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