Janet Ahrens Hawkins
Janet Ahrens Hawkins, 80, returned home to our Father in Heaven on Saturday, December 4, 2021, surrounded by her children and husband. She passed away due to complications from interstitial pulmonary disease. Although given only a few years to live when first diagnosed, her determination, caring medical professionals, hugs from family and blessings from heaven enabled her to live another fifteen years!
Janet was born on October 31,1941, in Logan, Utah, to Rulon & Ila Ahrens. Her childhood was filled with the joys and hard work of living on a farm in Mendon, Utah. The skills and work ethic learned on the family farm served her well throughout her life. As a teenager, she and her family moved to Logan. It was there that a boy a few doors down caught her eye, her future sweetheart Spencer. After courting throughout their high school years, Spencer and Janet were married in the Logan Utah Temple, on March 30, 1960.
She was a supportive wife to her husband as he participated in the Utah State University ROTC program which helped launch his 21-year military career in the Army. Spencer and Janet raised their four children in wonderfully diverse locations around the world. Among the places they lived were Germany (twice), Australia, Kansas, Colorado, Virginia, Missouri and Utah. During these years of change and travel, Janet made sure her home was a place of love and learning regardless of the address.
Her life was dedicated to the service of others. While taking care of her young family in foreign lands, she volunteered in a variety of capacities including President of the Officer’s Wife’s Club and helped teach military school children in her home. She started a non-denominational group of worship for many military families who didn't have access to a church. As a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she magnified her many callings and was always willing to bring a home cooked meal to many in need.
Even while struggling with her health, Janet was a delight to be around because of her positive attitude and fun sense of humor. She had the gift to make those around her feel valued, understood and loved. She put in the effort to build unique and personal relationships making others feel special. Her interests included, taking meticulous care of her beautiful flowers, cooking delicious meals, home decorations, feeding and watching birds, loving her cats and sending fun texts to her children and grandchildren.
Janet is survived by her eternal companion and husband, Spencer Eli Hawkins, her children, Craig (Janette) Hawkins, Carol (LaVarr) McBride, Chuck (Barbara) Hawkins, and Chad Hawkins. 13 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Brother Glen Ahrens and Sisters Rula Brown and Sharon Newton. Janet is preceded in death by her parents Rulon & Ila Ahrens, and brother David Ahrens.
We truly mourn the loss of such a beautiful and kindhearted wife and mother. While we deeply miss her, we are comforted in the faith that she is now reunited with our Heavenly Father, the Savior, and other family members on the other side. She lived an exemplary life, and her influence will be felt for generations.
The family would like to send a special thank you to her attentive doctors, 15 years with Dr. Mary Beth Scholand (Pulmonary Lung Diseases), Dr. Lillian L. Khor (Cardiology) and Dr. Glen Biddulph (Family Practice). Also, extra special thanks to her hospice care provided by Caregivers Support Network. Gratitude to Melissa Butler (her nurse) and Haley Hawkins (her CNA) for their amazing tenderness and care.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 11, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. at the Creekside Stake Center, 1480 W. Phillips St., Kaysville, Utah. Friends may visit with family Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lindquist’s Layton Mortuary, 1867 No. Fairfield Rd., Layton, Utah and Saturday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the church.
Interment, Logan Cemetery located at 1000 N. 1200 E. Logan, Utah on December 11, 2021, at 3:00 p.m.
Services will be live-streamed and may be viewed at www.lindquistmortuary.com and scrolling to the bottom of Janet's obituary page.
God be with you till we meet again.