On Christmas Day, December 25, 2021, Janet Carden Watson transitioned from living for Jesus to living with Jesus. Her 94 years on earth will have a ripple effect in eternity because of the many hearts that were changed by her gracious, consistent, quiet, and generous faith.
Janet is survived by her three daughters (Barbara Watson Pickett, Kathy Watson Bennetch, and Beverly Watson), five grandchildren (Steven Pickett, Phillip Pickett, Rebekah Bennetch, Suzanne Bennetch Bomgardner, and Andrew Bennetch), and eleven great-grandchildren.
She was married to Lt. Colonel Wallace Reid Watson (Wally) for thirty-eight years. Janet was the daughter of Frank and Martha Carden of Harlingen, Texas. She was born on January 11, 1927, and was the second youngest of six children. Janet loved her family and friends and was known to play a “mean game of Parcheesi.”
As a military family, the Watson family moved many times. After Wally’s service in the Air Force, Janet began a successful career as a real estate agent in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Janet was a faithful church attendee who loved Bible Studies and her Sunday School class. She gave generously to numerous missions and ministries. Sunday was her favorite day of the week, and she loved going to church and going out to lunch with her friends afterward. She got her hair done every week and never left the house without makeup. She always made you feel at home. No one ever left her table hungry, and no one was a better friend or encourager.
During her later years, Janet lived in Alabama with her daughter, Barbara (and her husband, Joe Pickett). Janet joined the First Baptist Church of Union Springs in 2015 and was a faithful member of the Fidelis Sunday School class and worship services. Even as her memories began to fade, Janet was sweet, kind, and always glad to greet you. She longed for heaven and is undoubtedly there with Wally and other family and friends who preceded her into eternity with her Savior. Her life was a beautiful example of God’s love for us.
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” 1 John 4: 7-12