Surrounded by her loving family, Janis Lynn Alward Cannon, 62, of Forty Fort went to join her Lord and Savior on Friday, January 21, 2022.

She is survived by her husband of 29 years, Harold E. Cannon.

Born August 25, 1959 in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Donald J. and the late Marilyn Townsend Alward. She attended Riverside High School and graduated from Scranton Tech before attending Marywood School of Nursing. Before becoming a full-time wife and homemaker, she was employed by periodical publishers where she won the honor of top marketing sales representative in her division. Her success was rewarded by the company with Caribbean cruises and trips to Hawaii, California and Disney World.

When she wasn’t traveling or cherishing time with her family, Janis pursued many hobbies, including camping, hiking, writing poetry, painting, and fashion design. She was also an animal lover and devoted mother.

Janis was a devout Christian, always relying on God for strength and comfort. She taught Sunday school at Immanuel Baptist Church for many years before they closed. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Wyoming, where she enjoyed attending and loved hosting dinner parties for her church family.

Janis was a very caring person with a heart of gold who dedicated much of her time to caring for others and selflessly gave to anyone in need. She coordinated many carol and gift-giving celebrations at local retirement homes and the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and regularly donated to various charities.

Janis was a wonderful daughter, wife, sister, aunt and friend. She was truly loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Also survived are the brothers, Donald, William, James, Jerome and Stephen (Bonnie) Alward; sisters, Susan (Don) Stempien, Bonnie (Larry) Cawley, JoAnn (Arnold) Schick and Dori; several nieces and nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews; and aunts and uncles.

Janis was predeceased by her paternal grandparents, Mary and George Alward; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church of Wyoming, 52 E. 8th Street, Wyoming. The family respectfully requests that masks be worn. A private burial will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to First Baptist Church of Wyoming, 52 E. Eighth St., Wyoming, PA, 18644, or the SPCA of Luzerne County.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Gubbiotti Funeral Home, LLC, 1030 Wyoming Ave., Exeter.

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Published by Citizens Voice on January 29, 2022.

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