Janet was predeceased by her husband, Bob. She is survived by her daughters, Sandy Yagel, Carol McFarland, Nancy Jones, Jessie Lease, and her son, Bruce Jones. Janet is also survived by 16 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and another expected to arrive within days. Her family was her absolute joy.
Janet Young Jones was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on October 10, 1930 to Jessie Bone Young and Carl Jackson Young, Sr.
At a young age her parents instilled in her a strong sense of family togetherness and a work ethic that has carried her throughout her life in support of her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Janet met her husband, Robert Stanwood Jones, when she lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania training for her nursing degree, and Bob was stationed in Texas with the U.S. Air Force, and was selected to train briefly in Pennsylvania on the 1st Univac. They met on a blind date and later married in 1953. Janet and Bob moved to Fairfax, Virginia in 1963 and quickly became very active members of Fairfax United Methodist Church in Fairfax, Virginia. They made many wonderful friends while faithfully serving the Lord. Janet was a member of Fairfax United Methodist Church for over 50 years where she sang as a soloist in the choir and also was instrumental in creating the children’s choir ministry. She used her gift of playing the piano for her Sunday School class, and support of ministry to local senior homes for many decades. She especially enjoyed her time with home-bound parishioners and serving communion.
Two more of her many talents were her creativity with crafts and decorating, and her gift of hospitality. Janet and Bob were active members of a “Group of 12” - Bible discipleship, which met every other Friday for many years and became a foundation for their spiritual journey.
While raising her children, Janet delayed her nursing career and resumed it in the 1970’s at Fairfax Nursing Home and later at Commonwealth Hospital. Nursing embodied Janet’s caring and serving nature. Over the past 35 years, Janet has made it her personal mission to focus on the spiritual and emotional well-being of not only her many children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, but also her extended and church family. She spent many happy years keeping these important priorities in her life. Even to the end, she had a personal touch with all those who came into her path.