Willis nee Thacker, Janet Sue


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A private committal will take place at a later date at Midlawn Memorial Gardens, Union, MO

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Janet Sue Willis of Union, MO, departed this life at her home on June 23, 2019, having reached the age of seventy-two years, nine months and twenty-two days. Janet was born in Washington, MO, on September 1, 1946, daughter of Carl Albert Thacker and Iva Gertrude Thacker nee Lalk. In 1963, she was united in marriage to Carl Dean Willis, known to all as Dink, and two sons came to bless this union. In 2003, she began sharing her life with Michael Toole and they were blessed to have sixteen years together.

Janet is survived by her significant other, Michael Toole of Union, MO; by her sons, Marty Willis and wife, Sheri, of St. Clair, MO and Chad Willis and wife, Jennifer, of Union; by five grandchildren, Haley and Hanna Willis of St. Clair, Brennon and Elliott Willis of Union and Blake Woodcock and wife, Stephanie, of St. Clair; by three great-grandchildren, Sky and Tinley Woodcock and Noah Rigdon, all of St. Clair; by two brothers, Tom Thacker and wife, Vickey and Joe Thacker and wife, Sue, all of Union; by three sisters, Carol Kommer of Hayesville, NC and Sharon Gillifillan and husband, Jerome, and Deborah Arand and husband, Greg, all of Union; by brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.

Janet was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Iva Thacker; by her husband, Dink Willis; by one brother, Jimmy Thacker, and by one sister, Naomi Hoer.

Janet was a Christian, having been raised in the Presbyterian faith. She was a cosmetologist and for several years, co-owned a beauty shop with her sister, known as Jan and Sher’s. In later years, she was employed as a factory worker at both Parmaneer in Union and later at Magnet in Washington, MO. Janet was an active lady and in past years had enjoyed bowling. Doing all sorts of crafts kept her busy. Spending time with her grandchildren was by far her favorite pastime, as was spending time with all of her family.

A devoted and loving significant other, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, great and great-great-aunt, cousin and friend, she will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved her.

Private committal services were held at a later date at Midlawn Memorial Gardens, Union, MO. The family entrusted the care of their loved one to Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair, MO.