Mary Janet Kibler was born December 24, 1955 in Ashdown, Arkansas to parents Wayne and Jean. Janet grew up in Groesbeck, Texas alongside her brothers Billy and Keith, and was a featured twirler at Groesbeck High School. She resided in Dallas, Texas for many years, before a brief relocation to Phoenix, Arizona in 1997. In 1999, Janet returned home to Texas, settling in North Richland Hills, where she resided until her death.
After being diagnosed with breast cancer, Janet found her passion volunteering for the American Cancer Society. She volunteered with the American Cancer Society in a variety of roles, serving as a Relay For Life committee chairperson from 2004-2009, and event lead from 2010-2014. In 2014, Janet was honored as a Northeast Tarrant County “Hometown Hero”, nominated by the American Cancer Society for her leadership and hard work raising cancer awareness in the community. In 2016, Janet served as a “Portrait of Hope” for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event. Janet was most proud of her work advocating on behalf with the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network, where she lobbied for legislative change and increased funding for cancer research on a local, state and national level.
Janet never met a stranger and could be found most days striking up conversations about Baylor University and the Baylor Bears, the Texas Rangers or her love for her nieces, nephew, great-nieces and great-nephew, whom she loved as her own. She felt emotions deeply and fiercely, was stubborn, and fought hard for the things in which she believed. Janet lived as a breast cancer survivor for 23 years, and her courageous fight and “never give up” attitude was an inspiration to all.
A graveside service will be held at 2:00 P.M., Monday, December 18, 2017, in the Faulkenberry Cemetery at Groesbeck, Texas. Rev. Melissa Arney will officiate.
She is survived by her mother, Jean Coopwood Kibler of Hurst; brother, Keith Kibler of North Richland Hills; nieces, Brooke Bell of Ft. Worth and Cristie King and husband, Ryan, of Ft. Worth; nephew, Ryan Kibler and wife, Destinee, of Odessa; 6 great-nieces, 1 great-nephew; aunt, Opal Scott of Hot Springs, Arkansas; uncle, Bobby Coopwood and wife, Janie , of San Antonio; sister-in-law, Debbie Scott of Odessa; number of other relatives and many friends.
Preceded in death by her father, Wayne Kibler and brothers, Billy Kibler and infant Gregory Kibler.
In memory of Janet, please consider a memorial gift to the American Cancer Society, 8900 John W. Carpenter Freeway, Dallas, Texas, 75247.
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Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, Meridian, Texas, 254-435-2792