CORNELIUS, (ANTHONY) JANETTE, a longtime resident of Bowie, MD, died on Sunday, January 26, 2013 in her 93rd year. She was the widow of Colonel Vernon Y. Cornelius, USA, who preceded her in 2000. She is survived by her first son Jeffrey V. Cornelius, and his wife, Linda F. Cornelius, of Stuarts Draft, VA; a second son, David G. Cornelius, and his fiance, Stephanie Rose Cooper, of Philadelphia, PA; a grandson, Brian G. Cornelius, and his wife, Dr. Angela Pettit Cornelius, of Shreveport, LA; and a granddaughter, Taryn L. Burnett, and her husband, Glenn Burnett, of Houston, TX. Shortly before her death, she was able to hold her great-grandson, Killian Cornelius. Born in the West Texas ranching community of Dublin on June 21st, 1921, Anthony Janette Kennedy (who avoided use of her first name, a clerical error for 'Antonia'), grew up in Brownwood, TX, graduating from Howard Payne College there in 1943. She taught for a few years thereafter in public schools in the oil and ranch towns around Brownwood. It was in Brownwood that she and Vernon Y. Cornelius met, both at the age of 7, marking the beginning of a lifelong partnership. They were married in October 1945, after his return from the European Theater of World War II as a decorated infantry officer. Thus began 23 years as an army officer's wife, at numerous postings in America and Europe. In her later years she became a familiar figure in her Bowie neighborhood, being known to children there, who could always rely upon a kind greeting from her, as "Miss Jane." Janette's interests ranged from her Hammond organ and vegetable garden to national politics and world affairs. Her religious faith was informal but abiding. Above all she was devoted to her husband, children, and grandchildren. A graveside service will be conducted at Arlington National Cemetery at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 6, 2013. Donations in her memory may be made to the Paralyzed Veterans of America, www.pva.org, 1-800-555-9140.
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Published in the Bowie Blade-News on Mar. 6, 2014