Beloved wife and mother, Janet Lee Hawker, passed into her next life at home on the evening of June 11, 2017. Mom was born at home to Raymond J. and Opal Nielson on the cold night of January 22, 1937 in Pleasant Grove, Utah. There she attended schools and grew up, and told of many happy memories she had with her five siblings and cousins who lived nearby. In her early years, she enjoyed dancing in a church-wide dance festival and learning homemaking skills.\r\n\r\nWhen Janet met and married her sweetheart, Kenneth Hawker in 1953, they moved to the Murray area. They settled there and raised seven children: Stanley, Cindy, Kevin, Debra, Colleen, Blaine, Kendall. Mom and Dad remained sweethearts for over 63 years.\r\n\r\nMom is a talented, creative, and thrifty wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. When we were young children, she sewed many articles of clothing for us – often staying up late nights to complete a needed dress or school clothes. She is generous in sharing her beautiful handiwork as gifts in quilts, table runners, or embroidery projects. Mom lovingly served for many years in the Primary and Relief Society organizations of the LDS church. She loved to feed and watch the birds at her feeder or in nests near her window. She loves all kinds of flowers and she grew many varieties. She has an amazing green thumb – it seems she could grow anything. Mom is a tenderhearted and loving mother, a peacemaker, she is soft-spoken and kind, and she will live in our hearts forever.\r\n\r\nMom cooked, gardened, and home-canned food -- enough to feed her own family and to share with many relatives, friends, and neighbors. She and Dad always worked a large garden. In early years, we children helped with the work – planting, picking, peeling, and preserving -- and we learned the art of conservation at our mother's side. In later years, Mom and Dad worked side-by-side in their large, bounteous gardens. Many, many people have been recipients of their homegrown tomatoes and hand-grown tomato plants – especially Ken's Hope.\r\n\r\nThroughout their lives, Mom and Dad worked together and taught us a love of gardening, of self-sufficiency, hard work to be proud of … and a sense of adventure. They provided a legacy and lifelong memories … including camping, fishing, road trips, island hopping … and of performing loving service.\r\n\r\nMom, we miss you already. You have left behind your loving husband and 53 of us as your posterity – and we anticipate a loving reunion with you in the eternities. We will remember you in services on Monday, June 19, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Murray 16th ward house located at 5750 South 619 West, Murray, Utah. A viewing for your friends and family will be held from 10:00-10:45 a.m. at the ward house prior to your services. Interment: Elysian Burial Gardens, 1075 East 4580 South, Murray, Utah. We want to thank Community Nursing Service (CNS) for the attentive care they provided. In lieu of flowers, make a donation to your favorite charity in Janet's name. As a family, we thank you for your condolences.