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.


  1. Janet,
    What a beautiful person you were. A smile that would always make anyone feel better about being down. Never did you complain or feel sorry for yourself and again that was just one of the blessings you left to have so many people remember you by. I am so blessed to have had you in my life and the lives of Damien and Briana. I cherish the time that I spent with you before your passing and your smile will comfort me for many days to come. Your boys will be supported by many and they are fighters like you. I love you, I am going to miss you more than words can say. Fly High you beautiful soul, until we meet again.

  2. Janet you were the most sweet giving person. Always worried about others. You will be sadly missed by so many. You touched more people than you realized. Kristen absolutely loved you. There is no teacher like Ms. Cardwell, is what she said. She and I both will always have a special place in our hearts for your loving nature. You were a true fighter all the way, you are a blessed soul. And now a beautiful blessed soul in heavan. We love you


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