Janyth Tolson Pashin passed away with her husband at her side on December 9. Janyth lived a life that is truly worthy of celebration. She was born to Roy Smith and Katherine Harding Smith Cherry in Dallas, Texas and spent most of her youth in El Paso, Texas, and she graduated from UTEP with a degree in Geology. She loved animals and was an avid horserider, winning ribbons in many prestigious events, including the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. She was a supporter of many pet charities, who will miss her dearly.
After marrying Tommy Tolson, the young couple moved to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where Janyth embarked on a trailblazing career with the State of Alabama. Tragically, Tommy passed away shortly after moving, yet Janyth found the fortitude to carry on. As a scientist at the Geological Survey of Alabama, her publications facilitated the transformation of the state into an innovative producer of natural gas and metallurgical coal. Later in her career she joined the State Oil and Gas Board of Alabama, where she served as Drilling and Permitting Supervisor and provided a steady hand that helped guide the state’s petroleum development.
After working together on various projects and deciding they just couldn’t live without each other, Janyth and Jack Pashin married in 1998. Janyth traveled to many destinations for work and pleasure, including India, Australia, New Zealand, Poland, Spain, The Netherlands, Canada, Kazakhstan, and Russia. Upon retirement, Janyth devoted time to gardening and painting still lives and landscapes. Janyth and Jack moved to Stillwater, Oklahoma in 2012, where she enjoyed basking in her sun room and being part of the community at Oklahoma State University and the Boone Pickens School of Geology. Janyth will be memorialized in a private ceremony, and donations may be made to the Humane Society.