Janet Varnetta Cardwell, “Mama J”,CardwellJ 57, of Hot Springs, Virginia went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at Bath Community Hospital in Hot Springs.
She was born September 26, 1956 in Hot Springs, the daughter of the late Sam H. Merchant, Willie J. Cardwell and Pearl Anderson Cardwell.
Mrs. Cardwell was employed with Bath County Public Schools as a substitute teacher. Prior to that she was employed with the Homestead Resort with over 20 years of service.
She was a member of Piney Grove Baptist Church. She was a loving mother and grandmother who loved spending time with her family and friends, especially her grandchildren; she enjoyed reading and cooking.
She is survived by three children, Anthony Pusey, JR. of Covington, Virginia, Antonio Pusey of Richmond, Virginia and Andre Pusey, Sr. & wife Cristy of Covington; a brother, Robert “Bobby” Merchant & wife JoAnn of Lexington, Virginia; four sisters, Dreama Woodard of Clifton Forge, Virginia, Joyce Woodard of Roanoke, Virginia, Susan Cardwell & husband Donald of Hot Springs, and Nancy Munnerlyn of Richmond; three grandchildren, Camri Pusey, Andre Pusey, Jr. and Julian Pusey; four special friends, Emma Simmons, Cherie Beale, Regina Hughes and Juanita Jones; her former husband, Anthony St. Patrick Pusey, Sr. and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, William Cardwell and Sam Merchant, Jr.; and three sisters, Barbara Carr, Lillian Ricketts and Betty Mack.
A funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 4, 2014 at McLaughlin & Young Funeral Home with Reverend W. Ed Mansfield, officiating. Interment will be in Pinehurst Cemetery. Pallbearers will be James Dobson, David Cardwell, Ricke Ricketts, Albert Cardwell, Donald Cardwell and Rudy Cardwell.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to services from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. at McLaughlin Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, the American Diabetes Association or the Piney Grove Baptist Church.