Jeanette W. Pickens
July 15, 1942 – September 11, 2020
Jeanette (Jan) MacKay Watkins Almquist Pickens of Riverside, CT, was born in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn NY on July 15, 1942. She moved to Riverside in 1949.
Jan was the daughter of the late Rebecca Lefferts Holmes Watkins and the late William Henry Watkins. She was predeceased by her brother, the late William Watkins and his wife Sharon Watkins.
Jan was the beloved mother of Philip David Almquist (Janet), Donald James Almquist (Robyn) grandmother of Amelia Daisy, and Annie Elizabeth Almquist Yardis (Mike) grandmother of Michael David and Lily Taylor. Jan was stepmother of Michael Pickens (Ellie) step-grandmother of Konstanze and Dan Pickens (Marie) step-grandmother of Amelie and Liam. She was also aunt to Jamie and Billy Watkins. Jan is survived by her husband James C. Pickens.
Jan graduated from Riverside School, Eastern Jr. High, Greenwich Academy, and Colorado Women’s College in Denver, CO. She taught school in Denver and substitute taught in Greenwich. Jan was a member of the Junior League since 1963 and volunteered at Colorado General Hospital.
Jan moved to England in 1966 and returned stateside in 1969. She bred Champion American Cocker Spaniels in both the U.K. and U.S. Jan had a deep passion for animals. She had dogs, cats, ducks, rabbits, mice, gerbils, fish, and her very first pet was a chameleon.
Jan also volunteered at Greenwich Hospital, starting as a candy striper. She was a board member of the Christ Church Choir for years.
Jan loved her family, especially being a grandma. She was a skilled piano player and her children have fond memories of playing by her side. She loved traveling, boating, dancing, chocolate, playing cards particularly bridge and canasta. Jan loved walking Tod’s Point in Greenwich and having picnics on the rocks. Jan was beautiful inside and out, she always had a smile on her face and a contagious laugh.
Private service will be held at Christ Church Greenwich.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Jeanette W. Pickens
September 22, 2020
To the best mother-in-law ever.
Your kind and sweet nature always shined though everything you did. You loved us all. And, we loved you.
My favorite photo of you is from your 70th birthday wearing a sparkling tiara complete with wand. It shows your joyful smile and youthful spirit.
My favorite memories include dancing with you at Don's wedding, learning that you liked to slow dance to our wedding CD, knowing how much you loved the necklace we gave you for Christmas (that matched your eyes), and that you loved the snowman vase and flowers that we sent to Florida as a surprise. I loved making memories with you and being your daughter-in-law. Your spirit lives on through your amazing sons and daughter, and your wonderful grandchildren. You are dearly missed.
September 19, 2020
Mom, You always called me "your first born" when we talked. I always tried to stop by as I drove thru town because I know you loved it (as did I). I will miss talking to you & having you go over and above for all of our birthdays, but especially mine when I had Jets tickets in my 30's .. almost every birthday had some sort of Jets theme... I still can't believe you're gone... Say hi to your brother for me. Love, Phil
September 18, 2020
Mommy, you taught Lily to go up and down the stairs at 10 months old...Taking Michael to see the trains at the river-all the puzzles you did with Michael and Lily...your love for bunnies and angels...Lily loved eating chocolate ice cream and cake with you-even when you took the fork right to the cake!!! Michael loved playing war with you - always a card shark mommy... I loved walking the beach and climbing the rocks with you! Heart and soul on the piano... and chopsticks of course! Your beauty shines within us all... we have so many memories!