Violet Elaine (Gibson) Jett Varner

November 15, 1926November 15, 2020

Violet Elaine Gibson Jett Varner, went to be with her Lord on her 94th birthday, November 15th, 2020 at her residence in Harrisonburg. She was born in Charlottesville, Virginia on November 15th, 1926.

She was preceded in death by her parents Lenwood Henry and Maggie Gibson, first husband, James H. Jett, her second husband Marvin F. Varner, a daughter, Donna Jett Diehl, step-son Marvin F. Varner Jr. and son-in-law Simon M. Painter Jr.

Surviving are three daughters and two sons. Carolyn Jett Wetsel of Harrisonburg, Vickie Jett Painter of Staunton, Sandra Jett Hopkin of Orem, Utah, James H. Jett, Franklin D. Jett (Nancy) of Harrisonburg, step-daughter Darlene Worley of Mechanicsville and son-in-law Marlin Diehl of Earlysville. Also surviving are 18 grandchildren, 42 great grandchildren, and 6 great-great grandchildren.

Violet worked in retail sales for 50 years. She was an active member of the Harrisonburg First Church of the Nazarene and a volunteer for Steve Wingfield Ministries. In her later years, she loved her Joy Group and Life Group.

There will be an open viewing November 18th & 19th from 9:00am to 5:00pm and on November 20th from 9:00am until 12:00 noon at Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.

A graveside service is planned for Friday, November 20th at 2:00 p.m at Weavers Mennonite Cemetery on Rawley Pike, Route 33 West. Pastors Jim Harrison, Roger Dove, Joseph Stoner and Dr. Jason Painter will be officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Harrisonburg First Church of the Nazarene, 1871 Boyers Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22801, or to the Salvation Army, P. O. Box 468, Harrisonburg, VA 22803.


  • Carolyn Jett Wetsel, Daughter
  • Vickie Jett Painter, Daughter
  • Sandra Jett Hopkin, Daughter
  • James H. Jett, Son
  • Franklin D. Jett (Nancy), Son
  • Darlene Worley, Step-Daughter
  • Marlin Diehl, Son-in-law
  • Eighteen, Grandchildren
  • Forty-Two, Great-Grandchildren
  • Six, Great-Great-Grandchildren
  • James H. Jett, First Husband (deceased)
  • Marvin F. Varner, Second Husband (deceased)
  • Donna Jett Diehl, Daughter (deceased)
  • Marvin F. Varner, Jr., Step-Son (deceased)
  • Simon M. Painter, Jr., Son-in-law (deceased)
  • Maggie Barnett Gibson, Mother (deceased)
  • Lenwood Henry Gibson, Father (deceased)

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  • Harrisonburg First Church of the Nazarene
  • The Salvation Army
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Sue Ann Perry

November 19, 2020

Sorry for the loss of this precious woman. She was a joy to see when I worked at Red Front manny years


November 18, 2020

I had the pleasure of working with Violet at Jack Collins Shoes. It was only my second job and my first time in sales. Violet was very helpful in showing me the ropes. We had some nice chats on slow days also. Ken and I grew up with Jimmy and Frankie and our hearts go out to your family. We will be keeping you all in our prayers.

Wanda Spangler

November 17, 2020

From the first day we started attending Harrisonburg First Church of the Nazarene, Violet and Marvin were the most loving and welcoming people we encountered. She never failed to give me a hug, a huge smile and the kindest words. I loved both of them dearly. After Marvin’s death, Violet never ceased being that warm, loving person. She always made me smile and feel terrific. She truly let God shine through her, and she reflected all the credit and praise on God. Thank you, Jesus for bringing such a wonderful lady into our lives. I will miss her but am so happy she has now looked upon the face of God. You are whole again, Violet. We love you.

Wanda Herald

November 17, 2020

Miss Violet will always hold a special place in my heart. She was such an inspiration. I would love for her to sit around and tell me stories when she was a little girl and when she was growing up . I would go over and play cards with her and we will just have a good time. There was not one person she didn’t love and she would do anything in the world for anybody. Miss Violet I will miss you .

Sabrina G Payne

November 17, 2020

Aunt Violet was loved and will be missed by many! My heart and thoughts are with the family. We had many good times at Christmas eve together.

Ellen Pittington

November 17, 2020

Violet was a very caring person. We shared a lot of memories and lots of laughs together will always remember her. Prayers for the family.

Ron Cook

November 16, 2020

Thoughts and prayers for all the family at this time. She was a tremendous, patient, gentle and a lovely godly lady.


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