JANET LEE SIMPLY A DELIGHT
In the fall of 1966, Jan Newman was in a car accident that would change her life forever. She would never again wear high heels. She had been athletic in her youth, but there would be no more sports, and no more dancing and, with one leg now shorter, she would walk with a limp for the rest of her life. Jan would wear over 20 casts in the first few years, just to start off her medical journey and, there would be intermittent surgeries for the rest of her life.
What were her thoughts about it? Most recently she said, It brought me closer to my family.
That was Jan. Her outlook for the rest of her life was a positive one. When many people would have given up or acted like a victim, she was glad to have a foot. The accident had broken both legs, crushing her right ankle and foot to the point that it was barely still attached. We never heard Jan complain about her bad luck instead, she named her ankle and foot Puff because it was frequently swollen. She treated that right foot like it was her best buddy to her, it was. She always had a quick smile and contagious laugh all amidst constant pain. And she brightened our days in so many other ways.
At the time of the accident, Jan was living in Indianapolis. Shortly after the accident, the freight company she worked for, IKC was sold to Trans-con and her boss was moved to Oklahoma City. Back then, as it is today, secretaries were not part of the staff to be relocated. Do you think her boss was going to leave his Girl Friday back in Indy? No way. Ken Rogers loaded up her belongings in a U-Haul and moved all of it across the country to Oklahoma City, where it was waiting for her when she could make the trip. It was a new start for her, but the surgeries weren't over.
In Oklahoma City, she made new friends and eventually met and married a man named Jack Bennett. All of his children became her children, and she kept in touch with her Oklahoma family until her last hours in this world. After learning of Jan's passing, her step-daughter Terri said, she was the best step-mom you could ever know. Her ex-husband Jack remarked, that girl had more determination than anyone I know. He had received her Christmas card in the mail on the very day he learned of her death, and he said that he had also received a birthday card from her this year, as always. Birthday cards and birthday phone calls were her specialty. If you knew Jan Bennett, you got a birthday card from her every year, complete with a wonderful handwritten note (and often a phone call to boot).
Yes, Puff has gone to Heaven. Jan fell asleep and landed in the arms of God. Some would say she had a difficult life. Others might say that no one deserved so much pain and suffering. We never heard her say such things. Jan found a way to look at the reality of each situation and deal with it. And, she always found a way to laugh about it. She had chronic pain and a chronic laugh to make the pain go away. She loved her family and her friends, and she loved life!
So off you go, Janet Lee Warmbrodt! No more casts, no more pain, no more suffering you can dance, and you can wear any shoes you want as you enter Heaven's gates! Thanks for all the love you gave us you'll always be with us, and we know you are finally at peace!
Your loving Nieces and Nephew xoxoxo