Janet Anne (Bridgewater) Jones, 61, of the Phoenix, Ariz., area and formerly of the Kankakee area, died from complications from multiple myeloma on Wednesday, June 19, 2019, under the care of Hospice of the Valley, Phoenix.

She was born Sept. 29, 1957, in Arizona to parents James Bridgewater Sr. and Carmella Carlise Bridgewater.

Janet graduated from Paradise Valley High School, Arizona, in 1975. She married her soulmate and best friend, Bob Jones, in 1999; he preceded her in death in 2015.

Janet worked as a licensed certified nursing assistant and highly esteemed customer service representative at a well-known insurance agency. She was active in her church, Desert Breeze Community Church, Phoenix, and was a passionate dog lover and advocate. Additionally, Janet was a self-taught master gardener, rescuer of animals (and people), lover of life and all living things, and spontaneous; she laughed often, was a huge fan of Tom Petty and delighted in spending time with family and friends. Janet lived, loved and laughed better than most.

She is survived by her parents, James Bridgewater Sr. and fiancé Nancy Burcham, and Carmella Carlise, all of Arizona; a son, Charles Jason Bryan, daughter, Jessica DuBois, and grandson, Gabriel Brooks-Evans, all of Arizona; two brothers and sisters-in-law, James Jr. and Mary Bridgewater and Joseph and Beth Bridgewater, all of Arizona; one sister and brother-in-law, Jeannie and Jeff Fitzgerald, of Kansas; and several nieces and nephews.

A service of celebration and remembrance will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 22, at Desert Breeze Community Church, 17600 N. Black Canyon Highway 101, Phoenix, AZ 85053; phone 602-374-4588. Pastor Ray Davis will officiate. A reception will be held after the service. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley, Arizona, or Halo Animal Rescue Phoenix.


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