In Loving Memory

Janet Lemmons

July 12, 1938 - January 9, 2020


Janet Lynne Lemmons, 81 (1938-2020), a resident of Fairhope, Alabama and native of Ridgway, Illinois, went to be with our Lord on January 9, 2020.  We know she is dancing through Heaven now, because she loved to dance and sing (and often would play the kazoo she always had tucked in her purse).  She was a light in many lives and she will be missed by many.  When she entered a room, she never knew a stranger.

Janet was a graduate of the University of Evansville.  She was a cheerleader and member of the sorority, Chi Omega at the University and worked for the University to put herself through college.  It was where she met her husband, Jerry.

Janet and Jerry have lived in many places over the years:  LeCanto, FL, South Bend, IN, Lake Forest, IL, Baton Rouge, LA, Pittsburgh, PA, and four or five others.  She was a math teacher in her early career then became a Realtor and Real Estate sales manager.  It was in Mount Lebanon, PA where she and Jerry lived for almost 20 years and raised their children, Eric and Dana.  She was a leading realtor/broker and with a partner, she invested in the renovation and reviving of the “South Side”, a neighborhood of Pittsburgh, which helped begin its resurgence.  She loved architecture, and fine things – collecting, studying and trying to fix them.  (She loved her glue because it was her number one tool in her mending endeavors.)

Janet is survived by her husband of 60 years, Jerry Lemmons, of Fairhope, AL; son, Eric (Beth) Lemmons of Houston, TX; daughter, Dana (Ed) Hammele of Fairhope, Alabama; as well as her six grandchildren, Chad Lemmons (Harrisburg, PA), Stephanie Lemmons (Atlanta, GA), Tyler Lemmons (Boiling Springs, PA), Jack Hammele, Paige Hammele and Bobby Hammele all of Fairhope, Alabama.  Janet is also survived by six of her eight siblings, JoAnn Miner (TX), Kay Williams (Evansville, IN), John (Diane) Miner (St. Joe, MI), Nancy (Ron) Woolsey (LaPorte, IN), Philip (Kim) Miner (Springfield, IL) and Anita Miner (LaPorte, IN); as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

We would like to thank the many people who helped in her care and battle with Crohn’s disease, Dr. Stephen Winston, Dr. Matthew Eves, and the wonderful people at The Brennity in Fairhope who knew her as “The Dancing Fox” as she danced through the halls in her holiday sweaters and made everyone’s day a little brighter.

A celebration of her life will be held at the Brennity in Fairhope in the main activity room, on Saturday, February 8, 2020 from 1:00 -4:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the National Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation in her name or mail a card in her name c/o The Brennity, 50 Spring Run Road, Fairhope, AL  36532.

Expressions of condolence for the family may be  made at  Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, AL, is assisting the family.


  1. Darryl &Phyllis Horne

    So sorry. We are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers

  2. Dana Hammele

    Thank you, Libby and Dave. The pug we have is supposed to have been hers. She loved pugs!

  3. Arnold Myers

    So sorry to hear the sad news Nancy
    Peace be with you and your family

  4. Joan callaway

    Dana I am so sorry to hear about your mother my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  5. Delores Hannah Smith

    To all of the brothers & sisters of Janet and all her family, I must tell you how sorry I am to learn of the passing of Janet. “See you on the other side, Janet.” Your childhoodfriend “. Delores Smith.

  6. Monica Peterson

    Dear Dana, I cannot believe your mom has passed. She sure meant to be here every second she took a breath from all I knew of her. I hate to welcome you to this club of” those who have lost wonderful mothers.” My hope for you and your family is her memory lingers so strongly, and all the love she had for you and your kids, will be paid forward to your next generations and all who know you. Not a day has passed in the 23 years my mother has gone, that I have not thought of her, or remembered her saying something funny from years ago. She is a bigger part of my life, than I would have imagined after all this time.


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