Janet Diane Elmer Thomas was born on October 31, 1972 to Kay Laycox and Jerry Elmer at Cottonwood Hospital in Murray, Utah. Janet fought many medical battles from birth including kidney disease, chronic hip problems, breast cancer and she overcame every single one of them, until she lost her battle due to complications of COVID-19. Janet was a true Champion in many ways. Kind, compassionate, caring, selfless, loving, patient, dedicated to enjoying life and accepting and loving everyone unconditionally are just a few of her many angelic qualities.
She enjoyed scrapbooking, looking through photos, listening to music and adored chihuahuas. Her dream was to start a chihuahua rescue program and if she could, she would have every single one living with her. Aside from those, Janet loved being a mom. She consistently reassured everyone else that they were great parents and somehow, needlessly, always doubted herself. No one loves her son, Peanut (ok, Jorden), more than she does. She also enjoyed being a Bonus mom to Serena, Jake, Evan and Danny.
Janet found love when she married Randy Thomas on September 29, 2016 in Midvale, Utah. Although she had known Randy for several years, it took a few extra for them to finally get their act together. Their wedding was set in August but was postponed due to Janet receiving her second kidney transplant on the scheduled day of the wedding. Having waited three years, they decided to accept the kidney, which was the gift she had been waiting for. Janet was gifted with many talents but the most prominent one was automatically adopting others as family. Several new friends instantly referred to Janet and Randy as aunt and uncle and continue to be adored by many. Janet always reached out to others and made sure they knew how much she loved them, no matter who they were. Janet and Randy were preparing to be sealed together for time and all eternity in the Saratoga Springs, Utah LDS Temple.
Janet is survived by her parents, Kay Lacox, Jerry (Brenda) Elmer, husband Randy as well as Jorden, Serena, Jake, Evan and Danny. She is also survived by a few siblings beginning with Shelley, Jeanette, Camilla Jacqueline, David and Steven. Her Hill siblings include Mike (Cherlyn), Brian (deceased), Debbie (Wade), Jared (Veronica), Diana and Chris (Angela). She is also survived by Brian and Michael, who have been amazing fathers to Peanut. She continues to be loved and missed by many, many, many friends and family including several nieces and nephews.
Janet is preceded in death by her two oldest children, Mathew and David. Janet was welcomed into heaven by her boys, her nephew (Jerec), her grandma Verna, her grandpa William, her uncle Kenny (Verna), her cousin David, as well as by past animals and many other extended family members.
“Auntie Jam” will never be forgotten and will be grieved by all who knew her. She will always be in our hearts. She is a Champion, and a Hero and life will never be the same without her. “Love is like diamonds, and diamonds are forever.” We will always miss you, Janet. Love you more.
Funeral services will be at 2:00 pm on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 East Dimple Dell Road (10600 South), Sandy, Utah. Viewings will be held on Friday evening from 6:00 – 8:00 pm and on Saturday afternoon from 12:30 – 1:30 pm prior to the services. For information to watch the services online or to leave a memory of Janet with her family, please visit larkincares.com.
To watch the recorded services please click the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/GMjlKDdp-ruFEbUncul6pI0UmU_94fAz50yF7swYlDH_oa9xOQRF-OhS_eOq8VsV.TOZ6678WSocPchHz
janet i will miss you dearly you are a great person you are an angel of heaven and was there for me when i needed someone to talk with and help me make it through my rough times i will never forget you god be with you till we meet again in heaven
I'm sorry for your loss and I send you love and light. May peace rain on your heart. Take care and love each other. For today is a gift and tomorrow is not always promised.
You are and will be forever missed, Janet. Love you more.
To the family of janet she is now your shining star watching down from the floors of heaven.she will be missed but never forgotten
It was a joy to sit next to Janet in the alto section of The One Voice Community Choir. I will miss her wit, wisdom, compassion, resilience, and grit. Much love to Janet’s family and multitudes of friends who are mourning. 💕💕💕