Janet Valentine 64, resident of Houston, Texas, was born April 20, 1951 in Ponca City, Oklahoma and celebrated her Heavenly homecoming on June 26, 2015.
Janet graduated from Ponca City High School in 1969. She earned her Business degree from Northern Oklahoma College. Janet worked for Arthur Young accountants at Conoco Oil Company in Ponca City, Oklahoma where she met her husband, Lee. They married in April 1977 and had a daughter, Courtney, in January 1981.
Janet was known for her tremendous work ethic and for her love of serving others. She was a joyful giver and extraordinary hostess. Janet’s joy was contagious, and her walk with Christ impacted countless people of various backgrounds all across the country. She loved the Lord fully and faithfully lived according to these statements as written in her journal:
-God is who He says He is
-God can do what He says He can do
-I am who God says I am
-I can do all things through Christ
-I am believing God
She was a Bible Study Fellowship leader in Texas 1983 – 1989, Bible Study Fellowship leader in Illinois 1989 -1991, Prayer Advisor and President of Christian Women’s Club in Wyoming 1991-1993, Assistant Bible Study Fellowship Director in Illinois 1993 – 1995, Bible Study Fellowship Director and Children’s Coordinator in Virginia 1995 – 1997. She helped start the Lifetouch Ladies Bible Study at Sagemont Church and the Women’s Small Group Bible Studies at Sagemont in 1998 – 2001. She served with Priority Ministries in 2003 – 2010 and Global Missions Outreach as an online missionary starting in 2012.
In 2008, Janet was diagnosed with myelofibrosis, a rare form of leukemia. Working with the medical staff at M.D.Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Janet endured multiple clinical trials, blood transfusions, and hospitalizations. Her focus was on getting better so she could spend more time with her precious grandchildren, ministering to others, and travel with her husband. While beating the initial prognosis by over two years, Janet’s contributions and impact on those that came in contact with her at the hospital will not be forgotten.
Janet is survived by her loving husband, Lee of Clear Lake, TX; her parents Robert and Peggy Whitlock of Fletcher, OK; her daughter and son-in-law, Courtney and Lance Hays of Nacogdoches, TX; her brother, Robert Whitlock, Jr. of Fletcher, OK; her grandchildren Jackson (9), Avery (7), and Graci Hays (4) of Nacogdoches, TX.
Visitation will be held from 6:00pm until 8:00pm Monday, June 29th, at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel. The funeral service celebrating Janet’s life will be at 12:00pm Tuesday, June 30th, at Sagemont Church located at 11300 South Sam Houston Pkwy E, Houston, TX 77089. Janet will be laid to rest in Bethel Cemetery, Nacogdoches, TX.