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Janet Edith (Wallder) Stone

February 28, 1937 ~ May 22, 2018 (age 81)

Janet Edith Reynolds-Wallder Stone, aged 81, of Fort Walton Beach, Florida passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at the Fort Walton Beach Medical Center. She was surrounded by her loving family as she left this world.  Janet was born February 28, 1937 in London, England to James “Big Jim” Reynolds-Wallder and Florence “Crum” Crompton Reynolds-Wallder. Her father was a well know builder in the West End of London for many years and holds the distinction of being one of several delivery boys used by John Logie Baird to test his new invention, the television. She was preceded in death by her father, mother, and younger brothers Jimmy and Don.

Janet is survived by her husband of 62 years, James Franklin Stone of Reinbeck, Iowa whom she married on December 24, 1955. She is also survived by her children:

Debra Stone-Potter of Wilmington, North Carolina - her husband Rob and children Matthew Potter {wife Casey and son Lochlainn}, Timothy Potter {wife Ashley and daughter Mckenzie and son Nicholas}, Stephen Potter, and Joel Potter.

Eugene Stone of Baton Rouge, Louisiana - his wife Jennifer and children Patrick Stone and Allison Stone.

Steven Stone of San Antonio, Texas – his wife Kathy and children Zachary Stone, Joshua Stone, and Christopher Stone.

Sharon Stone-Allan of Raleigh, North Carolina – her husband Rob and children Michael Allan and Ryan Allan.

And John Stone of Fort Walton Beach.

She is also survived by her sister-in-law Patsy Reynolds-Wallder of Ramsgate, England and nieces Mandy and Ginny and nephews Donny, Tony, Phillip, Mark, and James and their spouses and children all from her country of birth, England.

During their 62 years of marriage, Jim and Janet traveled the world as the United States Air Force stationed Jim to assignments at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida; Sioux City Air Force Base in Sioux City, Iowa; Erding Air Force Base in Munich, Germany; Wheelus Air Force Base in Tripoli, Libya; Kingsley Field Air Force Base in Klamath Falls, Oregon; London, England (for Janet and children) and Takhli Air Force Base, Thailand (for Jim); Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Delaware; Zaragoza Air Force Base in Zaragoza, Spain; and their final duty assignment at Hurlburt Field Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Through all these assignments, Janet managed moves and children in foreign countries and new schools.  Always focused on making things better for her family.

Janet was born in London and grew up during World War II experiencing the Bombing Blitz and the destruction of London by German Forces.  Food rationing and shortages led Janet to experience hunger, an experience that influenced her desire that no one who ever ate at her house went away hungry.

Janet was all about family; there was nothing more important to her than making sure the greater family was taken care of.  She was also an incredible card shark, rarely ever losing a card game. She loved Turner Network old movies and Tina Turner.  She enjoyed dancing at family parties and was always ready for a good laugh. Janet had an incredible memory and could recall events with clarity. She enjoyed life and really loved seeing her grandchildren and great grandchildren who were the light of her life.

While we will miss her terribly, we rejoice in the time Our Lord gave us to be with her.

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