Surrounded by her loving family, Janis Lynn Alward Cannon, 62, of Forty Fort, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, January 21, 2022. She is survived by her husband of 29 years, Harold E. Cannon.
Born on August 25th, 1959, in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Donald J. and Marilyn Townsend Alward. She attended Riverside High School and graduated from Scranton Tech before going on to attend Marywood School of Nursing. Before becoming a full-time wife and homemaker, she was employed by Periodical Publishers where she earned the honor of top marketing sales representative in her division. Her success was rewarded by the company with Caribbean cruises and trips to Hawaii, California, and Disney World.
When she wasn’t traveling or cherishing time spent with family, Janis enjoyed many hobbies including camping, hiking, writing poetry, painting, and fashion design. She was also an avid animal lover and a devoted pet mom.
Janis was a devout Christian, always leaning on God for strength and comfort. She taught Sunday School at Immanuel Baptist Church for many years before they closed. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Wyoming, where she enjoyed attending and loved to host dinner parties for her church family.
Janis was a very caring person with a heart of gold who volunteered much of her time to taking care of others and would give selflessly to anyone in need. She coordinated numerous Christmas caroling and gift giving celebrations at local nursing homes and the VA, and regularly donated to various charities.
Janis was a wonderful daughter, wife, sister, aunt, and friend to many. She was truly loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Also surviving are brothers Donald, William, James, Jerome and Stephen (Bonnie) Alward; sisters Susan (Don) Stempien, Bonnie (Larry) Cawley, JoAnn (Arnold) Schick, and Dori; several nieces and nephews, grand nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles.
Janis was preceded in death by paternal grandparents Mary and George Alward; several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the First Baptist Church of Wyoming at 52 E. 8th Street, Wyoming, PA, 18644, or to the SPCA of Luzerne County.
A celebration of life service will be held at First Baptist Church of Wyoming at 52 E. 8th Street, Wyoming, on Wednesday, February 2nd at 11:00am.
The family respectfully requests that masks be worn. A private interment will be held at a later date.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Gubbiotti Funeral Home, LLC, 1030 Wyoming Ave., Exeter, PA.
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