Saying Goodbye and Thank You
When our loved ones pass, it is a solemn occasion; a time for reflection and grieving. We grieve the loss of someone who has helped others to grieve the loss of their loved ones. She is loved by many, and we are humbled to have the honor of remembering and returning the kindness that she offered to so many. Please join us in saying Thank You and Farewell to Charlie's sister, Janet, as we gratefully return her to the Universe that lent her love and specialness to us for a little while.
Janet Marie Whitfield passed on October 18, 2010. Janet was born November 22, 1940 in Atlanta, GA to the late Reginald Lyne Whitfield and the late Margaret Marie Fritsch. She attended Druid Hills Schools and graduated from Bass High School in Atlanta, GA. She attended Tift College and UNC-G and graduated from Ohio University with a BA in Elementary Education. She also graduated from UNC-C with MED in Gifted Education. She spent her entire teaching career of 32 years as an elementary and gifted education in Kannapolis City Schools. Her students loved the creative way she made learning fun and exciting. They were inspired by her teaching. She was an active member in many teacher organizations. She served as teacher advisor for Odyssey of the Mind and other academic clubs for students. As an active hospice volunteer she sat with patients and offered support to family members. She also served on the team for Camp Wing 2 Soar for young people suffering the loss of loved ones. Her family, friends and Whitham Manor brought her great joy and happiness. Family time, especially birthdays and Thanksgiving, were a treasure to her. Her gift to others was making memories, which is now her lifelong legacy of love. She was generous, kind and sincere. Learning, traveling and gardening were her passions. She is survived by three daughters; Elizabeth Engle Norton of Charlotte, Laura Engle Evans and husband, Hank of Rutherfordton, Roxanne Garnmeister Sovill of Coleman, SD. Three grandchildren; Bennett Whitfield Evans and Madison Elizabeth Evans of Rutherfordton, and Taylor Elizabeth Norton of Charlotte. Two brothers Dr. Charles L. Whitfield, MD and wife, Barbara of Atlanta and Richard F. Whitfield and wife, Jacqueline of Concord and many nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday Oct. 22, 2010 at 1:00 PM at All Saints Episcopal Church, Concord officiated by Rev. Nancy Cox. Family will receive friends following the service. At other times, the family will be at the home of Richard and Jacqueline Whitfield in Concord. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Cabarrus County, 5003 Hospice Lane, Kannapolis, NC 28081 or to the Lupus Foundation of America, Piedmont Chapter, 4530 Park Road, Suite 302, Charlotte, NC 28209 or your favorite charity. Online condolences may be left at www.whitleysfuneralhome.com
Charles and Barbara