Hanna, Janet Rose (Davis)

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July 22, 1947 - November 15, 2018

Hanna, Janet Rose (Davis)

Janet Rose Davis Hanna went to be with the Lord on November 15, 2018 after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer. She was born on July 22, 1947 to Clifford Davis and Ethel Gordon Davis in Garden City Kansas. She spent a majority of her childhood growing up in Sublette, Kansas. After high school, she attended Ozark Bible College. After Bible College, she worked for Pioneer Bible Translators for several years.

In late 1976, Janet was introduced to Ronnie Hanna and they married on April 8, 1977. Ronnie had been a widower for four years, raising three children – a daughter Cindy and twin boys, Mark and David. Janet had never married or had children of her own. She welcomed the kids into her life as her own kids. She was such a loving and supportive wife to Ronnie and mother to her kids.

During the first several years after they married, Janet worked at Heritage Christian Academy which was part of Dallas Christian College where Ronnie served as Vice President. In 1982, Ronnie and Janet answered the call to serve at Montrose Christian Church in Montrose, Colorado where they would spend the next 25 years. Janet was not only a wonderful preacher’s wife, but she also led bible studies and spoke at Christian women’s conferences. Upon their return to the Dallas area in 2007, she and Ronnie attended Cornerstone Christian Church in Dallas, TX where Ronnie served as an elder and where Janet continued to be a member until her death. After Ronnie’s death in 2012, Janet worked as an Administrative Assistant in the Admissions office of Dallas Christian College until she retired in May of 2018.

Janet is preceded in death by her husband Ronnie Hanna, father Clifford Davis, mother Ethel Davis and sister Jerriene Cochran. She is survived by her three children, Cindy MacFarlane of Carrollton, TX, son David Hanna and his wife Cathy of Keller, TX and son Mark Hanna and his wife Kimberly of Riverside, CA. She also had seven grandchildren, Melanie MacFarlane, Mallory MacFarlane, Stephanie Peterson, Tim Peterson, Ciara Hanna, Krystal Hanna and Dalton Hanna. one great grandson who she adored, Sebastian (son of Stephanie), sister-in-law Rosemary Denson, nieces Carmen Cochran and Sandra Fisher, nephew David Cochran and great nephew Timothy Fisher. Janet is also survived by her faithful canine companion, Bella, who loved and protected her until the end.

There will be a viewing and family will receive visitors on Sunday, November 18, 2018 at North Dallas Funeral Home, 2710 Valley View Lane, Dallas, TX 75234 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The funeral service will be held on Monday, November 19 in the chapel of North Dallas Funeral Home with a burial service to follow at Restland Memorial Park, 13005 Greenville Rd. in Dallas, TX 75243. She will be buried next to her beloved husband Ronnie.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be in Janet’s honor to Pioneer Bible Translators, 7255 W Camp Wisdom Rd, Dallas, TX 75236.

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Sonja Hawkins

November 19, 2018 11:46AM

I wish I could be with the family and friends in Dallas today to celebrate Janet’s life with you all, but on behalf of the Hamilton family, we are sending our sympathy, love and prayers! As one of Al & Annette Hamilton's daughters, I had the privilege of seeing and knowing Janet, as she served the Lord with our family in Puerto Rico and as Dad’s Secretary when he was starting Pioneer Bible Translators. As I remember it, we first met Janet when she was Dad’s secretary at Mission Services and then was with us in San Juan, Puerto Rico, before PBT was started. In some of Dad’s writings he said of Janet, “Her skill and understanding of the mission emphasis which had become so strong in us had also become her life, and she did an excellent job.”
Janet was efficient and resourceful and she put together much of the materials used for conventions and church rallies during those early days of PBT when the first recruits were being recruited. Dad wrote, “Our team was small but the Lord directed others to help us and a small staff of people whom God sent soon became the major recruiting service for Bible translators of the Christian Churches/Churches of Christ.” Janet, as Dad’s secretary and assistant, was among the very first that helped get PBT off the ground, booking speaking engagements for Dad and keeping track of his schedule as well as helping Mom with us kids. I remember Janet always being quick to smile and laughing easily. She used to babysit us kids some when we were little and if she had to scold us, I think it was harder on her than us many times. (I’m not sure who cried more – Janet or us). She was tenderhearted and loving and we always considered her a member of our family. We have many happy memories of Janet and the times we had together. It was Dad who walked her down the aisle when she married Ronnie and started that new and exciting chapter of her life. She was a true servant of the Lord and though our paths haven’t crossed as often in my adult years, she will be missed by all of us in the Hamilton family, but we know as a faithful servant to the Lord Jesus, she now enjoys the rewards of her labors! If Dad were here, he’d have much to say about Janet and her significant role in the early days of PBT, no doubt there is a great reunion happening in heaven! We thank God for Janet, her life, her service and her love for people and the Lord Jesus! To God be the glory!

Cathy Roberts

November 16, 2018 7:01AM

Ever since knowing Janet, she has always been a bright shining light for Jesus and one of the most genuine and caring ladies I've known. She and husband Ronnie blessed our community, Montrose, CO for 25 years and had such a huge impact on Montrose Christian Church. Janet will be missed by many. Heaven has definitely gained a precious angel.