Janette Ruth Jones

Born October 24, 1942
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Janette Ruth (Cantley) Jones, 75 of St. Albans, met her risen Savior, Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday April 1, 2018. Janette was born October 24, 1942 in Dry Creek, WV to the late Oather and Lona Cantley. She was a CNA for Quarry Manor and CAMC-Memorial 5 South where she loved caring for others. Janette was a member of WV and NC Nazarene churches and loved spending time in worship and fellowship at the WV Nazarene campgrounds in Summersville. What brought her the most joy was loving on and caring for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as they were the delights of her life.

Janette was preceded in death by her husband, Robert G. Jones, Sr., sisters Dorothy Bailey and Sue Webb. Those left to cherish her memory are her children Larry Jones (Karen) of Scott Depot, Ramona Milam (Todd) of Kenna, Becky Jones (Cliff) of Charles Town and Rachel Knighton (Chris) of Hickory, NC, 10 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, sisters Pat Plumley and Nancy Waugh both of Beckley, brothers Dan Cantley of Charleston, Jerry Cantley of St. Albans, Darrell Cantley of Tennessee., Tim Cantley of Beckley, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A very special thank you to Janette’s caregivers at Cedar Ridge Nursing Home and Hubbard Hospice House for the love, care and support you provided to her and the family. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Hubbard Hospice House of Charleston. Funeral service for Janette will be Sunday April 8th, 1:00PM at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, with receiving of friends one hour before. Graveside service to follow in Tyler Mountain Memorial Gardens.


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      To Janette Ruth Jones, the entire world was a stage. An expressive, optimistic, and uninhibited individual, she was a performer in the theater of life. To everyone around her, she seemed to be eternally happy, and she willingly shared that joy with anyone whose life she touched. For Janette, bringing out the best in any situation was as easy as offering a smile, a witty remark or the twinkle of an eye. And with just those simple gestures, she could evoke the most pleasant of emotions. Janette really mastered the art of living and had great fun in doing so.

      Janette was born on October 24, 1942 at at home in Dry Creek, WV. Her parents were Lona and Oather Cantley. Janette was raised in Dry Creek, WV. Even as a child, Janette had the ability to lift the spirits of all those around her. She was raised to be warm, caring and friendly. She couldn’t help but capture everyone’s attention. She was definitely a little bit of a show off, but in doing so, she succeeded in entertaining her entire family.

      Always a good playmate, Janette was easygoing and fun loving. She managed to lighten the mood wherever she was, even during family squabbles. She seemed to have a knack for bringing compromise and erasing tense situations around the house. Due to a generous dose of common sense, Janette managed to find a satisfying solution to basic problems. Janette was raised with Eight siblings and three half brothers. She had four sisters, Dorothy, Patsy, Sue, and Nancy, for brother, Danny, Jerry, Darrell,and Timmy, and three half brothers David, Clarence, and Bob.

      All of Janette's playful good humor carried over into her childhood. She was possessed with an outgoing personality, a lively imagination and a mellowed enthusiasm for life that allowed her to be constantly on the go. As a result, Janette experienced a rather active childhood, and this suited her very well. She took part in bicycle riding, amd she loved to dance. In her spare time she liked babysitting. Janette's memorable achievements includedplaying guitar.

      Ask anyone who knew her from school and they would tell you that Janette was a class “cut-up.” She didn’t do it to be unkind or to garner all the attention. Rather, Janette simply enjoyed others’ laughter and the sounds of her friends and acquaintances having a good time. It could be said that for Janette, grades may not have been the most important thing to her, but she really did enjoy her school experience. Since experience was Janette's best teacher. She enjoyed hands-on learning and applying the “practical” approach to knowledge, rather than getting caught up in “theory.” Janette graduated from Marsh Fork High School in GED. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers.

      Janette never actually encountered a stranger in her dealings with people. She was drawn to individuals and crowds, using her gregarious, adaptable and outgoing personality to captivate her audience. This quality allowed Janette to continually develop new relationships, ever widening her circle of friends. Janette delighted in her role among all her acquaintances, because she viewed them all as potential spectators for her performance. Whether it was a story, a joke, a song or just plain fooling around, Janette was always right at home putting on a show among her friends. Janette utilized her interest in others as a great way to connect with them. While growing up, some of her best friend was Shirley. Later in life, she became friends with Shirley Webb. Janette loved sharing life and having her home filled with people she knew.

      The gift of being emotionally expressive and outwardly affectionate made Janette very easy to approach. On April 10, 1970 Janette exchanged wedding vows with Robert G. Jones, Sr. at Dunbar United Methodist Church of Dunbar, WV. She tried hard not to impose on her spouse. She was always sensitive to other people’s feelings, and that was especially true in marriage.

      Perhaps the reason Janette related so well to children was the fact that she never really completely grew up herself. The ability to be just a “kid at heart” helped her in raising her own children. Janette was blessed with four children, one son Larry, three daughters Ramona, Rebekah, and Rachel. They were also blessed with ten grandchildren, Dennie, Sarah, Tony, Gina, Matthew, Nathan, Jacob, Jana, Corey, Casey. Janette had the ability to focus her attention on the present moment. If she was spending time with the kids, that’s where all of her attention was directed. Janette's compassionate side prevented her from being a strict disciplinarian, and she could turn just about any situation into a playful, learning experience. She could spend hours entertaining them with fun and creative play. In fact, Janette had a knack for turning some of those nasty old chores into games.

      At work, as in life, Janette was a real “people person.” She had a very successful way of dealing effectively with others, and her enthusiasm and energy was often contagious. Janette liked to see herself as something of a virtuoso. When dealing with various projects and problems, Janette was an adaptable realist, using her common sense and trusting her experiences and impulses to uncover the correct answer. Janette's talent for being a down to earth thinker, allowed many around her to see Janette as an excellent problem solver. Her primary occupation was a mother and housewife, later became a CNA. She was employed for four years as a CNA at Quarry Manor Personal Care Home and five years as a CNA at Charleston Memorial Hospital 5 south.

      Janette enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. An “arts and crafts” type, Janette liked creating and making things. Her favorite pursuits were crocheting, palying canasta, singing, playing guitar, piano, and puzzle working. Janette was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      Janette felt excited and challenged by sports. Even if she wasn’t the best, Janette loved to participate and thoroughly enjoyed the competition and the pleasure of being around other people. Janette relished the opportunities where she could make an impact, and she would often push herself to play above her abilities. A quick thinker who understood the basics, Janette never seemed to get caught off guard, even when confronted with unexpected conflict. Janette was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching her favorite events whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list were WVU football, and watching her grandchildren in sports.

      Janette had an endless appetite for new and different activities. She was always ready to join in the fun and add her flair and energy to an organization. Because of her personality, her humor, and her ability to get along with everyone, Janette's service was greatly valued by the organizations to which she belonged. Throughout her later years, Janette was an active member of the WV and NC Nazarene churches.

      A generous person who often wore her heart on her sleeve, Janette often found herself involved in activities she deemed important. She was charitable, kind and giving, qualities that made her a natural volunteer. Politically, Janette worked voting polls for the elections.

      Vested with a deep concern for spiritual development, Janette recognized that her faith was important to her throughout her life. She was a member of WV and NC Nazarene Churches. During that time, she was a member of the gospel group The Heritage Singers.

      Living life in the fast lane suited Janette just fine. It is no surprise that she loved to travel and to visit new and different places. She was naturally curious about other parts of the world and loved the real life adventure that came from visiting them. She was impulsive and willing to try anything once. Favorite vacations included Cherry Grove, Myrtle Beach with her family.

      Janette was a lover of animals and cherished her pets, enjoying them almost as much as she enjoyed being around other people. One of Janette's favorites was Princess and Cocoa, cockatiels. They were best friends for 10 years. Her family was rounded out by her pet bunny named Doogie and her cat named Spunky.

      Janette believed that you had to experience life, and her life in retirement was no different. When that day finally arrived in 2003, Janette took it in stride as one more way to have fun. Her new life involved relocating to St. Albans, WV and later in Conover, NC. With her boundless energy and a desire to get the most out of life, Janette remained busy with people and projects. In retirement, she found new pleasure inloving and caring for her grandchildren and great grandchildren, traveling on Amtrack, beach vacations and camping. Even in retirement, Janette continued to stay in touch with her old friends and, since she'd never met a stranger, she made plenty of new acquaintances as well.

       Janette fought a brave battle against alzheimers disease. She is survived by her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, brothers, sisters, and many friends. Services were held at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home. Janette was laid to rest in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens.

      Janette brought joy to all of those around her. She never had a mean bone in her body. She loved to have a good time and was an eternal optimist, always looking on the bright side of things. She loved to share her energy, wit, and her zest for all of her activities with her friends and family. Janette Ruth Jones lived life to its fullest and made everyone around her happier just for knowing her. She will be remembered with a smile.