Mrs. Janet Campbell Wilson (Lowery), Saginaw, Michigan

Our courageous daughter, sister, mom and nana, Janet Campbell Wilson (Lowery) died peacefully at home, Wednesday, November 11, 2009. Age 54 years. Cremation has taken place. Husband Bobbie, daughter Trishna and granddaughter Kaitlin, mother Barbara, sisters Jennifer (Gary Bissonnette) and Beth (sons Nate and Zack Frank) and brother Geordie (Anna Robles) celebrate Janet’s incredible journey and express our compassion for all.  Despite the sadness of her early departure from this life, Janet touched us all dearly. Janet was a very kind and gentle woman at heart. She witnessed to the meek, befriended the hurt and liked to party with the good people she met. Our lady had the bowlingest, gamblingest time on the town. To conclude 50 years of adversarial debate, let it be known: Janet had the bluest eyes in the family.   A lifelong East Sider, Janet attended Emerson Elementary, Webber Junior High and graduated in 1973 from Saginaw High School. She later made her home in Bridgeport for 30 years. Janet belonged to First Christian Church and then St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.  Janet created many great stories and chapters in her life. She was the ringleader of the childhood neighborhood on South Park. A daredevil at heart, Janet could push the envelope enough to reveal a few bruises, a broken arm or two.   After volunteering at the Millet Center, Janet developed a vocational affinity for people with physical and mental handicaps, special limitations and diverse aptitudes. She coached in the Special Olympics and through Delta College, Janet became a Physical Therapy Assistant. At Flint’s Hurley Hospital, Janet achieved such success diligently and humanely working with her patients that she regularly won the coveted Crystal Apple awards which were normally awarded very rarely. Janet became one of the original “Hurley Heroes”; she had her picture and story included in prominent hospital displays and promotions. The “Head PTA” job at Hurley was a Janet-created position. Janet loved her career as a PTA.   In the end, her determined struggle illuminated her Janet-ness. Original, unique, she never gave up easily. We will recall her powerful life force when we often remember the best of her days and ways. She loved Houghton Lake, Grand Traverse Bay and Torch Lake. Her travel map located the top nine pin no-tap bowling tournaments in the Midwest, as well as the best slot machines in Michigan and Las Vegas.  A private family gathering will take place. We give three cheers for the brave girl from Park Street, the strong Wilson woman preceded in death by her loving father, George. We raise our cup of kindness for Auld Lang Syne.