Janet, who in this life was a loving daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, sister-in-law, cousin, friend, was embraced into God’s arms and joined those who have passed before us on October 16, 2022.
Our world welcomed Janet on May 21, 1946, in Fort Worth, Texas by her parents, John and Mary Whitaker, her big brother John, and grandparents, Nanny, Granddaddy, and Little MaMaw. Her fondest and happiest early years were spent in Fort Worth, spending weekends and summers with her Nanny and Granddaddy and cousins Ann, Beverly, and Bubba. She always preferred her brothers boot and toy guns to her dolls, so much so that she was a fashionista in blue jeans and cowboy hats before it was popular! Much to her chagrin – and eventual delight over the years – she “Sissie I” welcomed her little sister “Sissie II’ into her world. Our family of five later moved to Austin, TX and then Dallas, TX.
Two amazing children were the result of Janet’s first marriage, Mary Faye “Muffett” Cochran Adams and Charles “Chuck” Clifford Cochran Jr. And Janet’s second marriage welcomed their beautiful sister, Vicki Lynn Conerly Adams. Janet’s world revolved around her three children; she loved them dearly and without reservation. Janet deeply mourned the passing of her first daughter Mary Faye in 2006 and her grandson James Lynn Adams Jr. in 2008; both suffered from the horrible disease of muscular dystrophy.
Janet worked for Southwestern Bell in Dallas, TX and retired after 28 years to enjoy time with her third husband, Bazil Kincaid. They lived in east Texas, traveling to Hawaii, hunting and fishing, and gardening and cooking for his family. In later years Janet moved to San Marcos, TX and spent time with her sister, brother-in-law, and Dad. She would visit every day, cooking her dad’s breakfast and exercising together, grocery shopping, etc. After he passed away in 2013, Janet moved back to east Texas to be near her daughter Vicki Lynn and grandkids.
Janet’s health began to fail and underwent a five-way bypass. She sold her home and spent her last years living with our wonderful sister-in-law, The Reverend Dr. Rebecca West Blackburn Whitaker, always known to us as “Becky” and was our “third” sister. Becky graciously opened her home to Janet, and they spent their time sewing, knitting, crocheting, and making quilts, eating at their favorite Mexican food restaurant, and laughing together watching BritBox! They had made plans to travel, but alas, that wasn’t in the cards.
Serious health issues affected Janet at the beginning of this year, and she spent months in various health facilities. Janet realized her time was short and wanted to spend her remaining days with her family in her daughter Vicki’s home, truly surrounded by love and hospice care.
Janet was preceded in death by her parents, John W. Whitaker Jr. and Mary Frances Morgan Whitaker, brother John W. Whitaker III, grandparents Virginia and Byrne Collins and Mattie Lee Morgan, daughter Mary Faye Cochran Adams, and grandson James Lynn Adams, Jr.
Left mourning her loss are her son and daughter-in-law Chuck and Debbie Cochran, daughter and son-in law Vicki Lynn Conerly Adams and Daniel Adams; sister and brother-in-law Patricia Whitaker Blanton and Michael; grandchildren Victoria Adams-Stuckey and husband Bleys, Zachary Adams, Tiffany Cochran and husband Nicholas Martin; granddaughter Amy Adams and husband Harley Williams; great grandchildren Jhace Martin, Jaxon Martin, Jameson Martin, Kareem Price, and Darnell Price; nephew Michael Blanton Jr. and wife Christina; sister-in-law Dr. Rebecca Whitaker; niece Grace Whitaker Windbigler and husband Kevin, and nephew John W. Whitaker IV, and great nieces and nephew Alissa, Hayley, and Joshua Blanton.
Janet’s wish was to be cremated and a private memorial service, led by Dr. Rebecca Whitaker, will be held at a later date. Please make any memorial donations in her name to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Her Nanny’s marker says, “Gone from home but not from our hearts” and Janet, too, has gone home, now healed, at rest and peace, but she will live forever in all of our hearts.