Janet Kay Brockett

June 15, 1966 — January 25, 2014

Janet Kay Brockett

Our Heavenly Father smiled upon sweet Janet Kay (Maxwell) Brockett on January 25, 2014, as He lovingly called her home after her valiant six-month battle with melanoma. Janet began her earthly life on June 15, 1966, in Ft. Leonardwood, MO, as the oldest child of Kenneth and Margit Maxwell. She led her six younger siblings as responsibly as they would allow, but always with a happy heart. She was a joy to be around. Her siblings picture her with an ear-to-ear smile, an easy-to-please disposition, appreciative, always happy, with her long red pig tails flying in the wind behind her. Her parents remember Janet as a responsible young soul, always willing to lend a helping hand, and needing very little (if any) discipline. Janet's parents settled in Sierra Vista, AZ, when Janet was just 3 years old. She was a very good student and graduated from Buena High School in 1984. She played the flute in the marching band, was active in the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), and won both academic and sporting awards. Her trophy for shorthand was the largest to ever grace the family mantle - a fact not lost on her siblings! She was very active in her church and enjoyed playing softball in the city leagues. She loved school and church dances, spending time with family, and enjoyed working various jobs while in high school. She attended Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. Her beautiful long red locks caught the eye of many while at college, especially her future husband Ted Brockett. Ted was able to steal her attentions in a pie-eating contest and they never looked back. They married in 1987 and together, her red hair flowing freely, they moved to Virginia, California, and back to Arizona. They traveled the country seeing nearly every state in the union while visiting family and friends and experiencing the beauty of this country. During her time in Virginia, she realized her true calling in life as a mother to her two boys, Cameron and Tyler. She was an exquisite mother! She felt the most important contribution she could make in this life was to raise her two boys to be quality young men... loving them and instilling in them the motivations and skills needed to live exemplary lives. Her husband will remember her as his best friend, his confidant, his teacher, his refiner, his conscience (at times), and his truelove. Her children remember her as the "best mother in the world" (a phrase she told them to tell her future grandchildren... "even if you have to lie"). The boys know there are no lies needed. She completed her teaching degree at Arizona State University in 2001 after returning to her beloved Arizona. She was proud to have maintained a 4.0 grade-point-average (excluding the classes taken at BYU - she was known to say that while at BYU she was simply having too much fun!). Her loving strength and guidance served many throughout her lifetime as she was known for her service to young people. She served in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, as a leader in her church Young Women's organization, and Sunday school. She volunteered in the community, in her children's schools, and with various organizations. She was a much sought-after substitute teacher throughout Gilbert Public Schools in Arizona and was known for establishing wonderful rapport with the children. She had many personal victories in life, although her most treasured were those won with her family. To know Janet, you knew family was above all the most precious gift in this life, and that family was always her highest priority. She lived her life above reproach and exemplified grace and charity. She will be sorely missed by so many. Janet leaves behind: her sweetheart of nearly 27 years, Theodore Brockett; her boys Cameron (Britney) and Tyler (Maria) Brockett; her parents Margit and Kenneth Maxwell; siblings Sherry (Paul) Sorenson, Tanja (Davis) Romney, Brandon Maxwell, Brek (Trisha) Maxwell, Natascha (BJ) Talley, Brennik (Emma) Maxwell, Carol (Greg) White, Kenny (Lori) Maxwell; 25 nieces and nephews; and many other family and friends that will cherish her memory and miss her dearly. She was preceded in death by her grandparents Marion and Bess Maxwell, Anna Merkle, Friedrich Hofmann, and brother-in-law Allen Brockett. Services will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 2740 S. Lindsay Road, Gilbert, AZ, 85295, at 11:00 am Saturday February 1, 2014. A viewing will be held an hour before the service from 10:00-11:00 am. Interment at Mesa Cemetery will follow the service. If you so choose, flowers may be sent through Jacqueline Jensen at (480) 685-0197 or donations to the Melanoma Research Foundation can be made at www.melanoma.org.
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