Janet Kaye WaterstradtApril 24th, 2019
Janet Kaye Waterstradt, age 78, of California, Mo., went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, April 20, 2019, at her home surrounded by her loving family. Janet Kaye Elliott was born at Ravensway Clinic, Boonville, Mo. on January 6,1941 to Richard Beryl and Dorothy (Fischer) Elliott, both of whom preceded her in death. Janet married the love of her life, Gary William Waterstradt, in March of 1963 and they would have been married 48 years in March of 2010 (1 month after Gary's homegoing in February 2010). Janet attended school at Jamestown School, Jamestown, Mo. and later graduated from American School of Correspondence, Chicago, Ill. Later Janet attended college at Longview Junior College, Tarkio College, and Columbia College, where she majored in bookkeeping and accounting. Janet spent over 25 years in the accounting field in Kansas City, Mo., eventually relocating to the Jefferson City area in 1987 where she retired from Don Schnieders Excavating after 22 years as the company accountant. Over the years Janet organized and was the leader for a Daisy Girl Scout Troop in Jefferson City, Mo. and she also organized and was a leader of a Cadet Girl Scout Troop in Grandview, Mo. Janet was a leader and assistant leader of her daughter Kerri's Junior Girl Scout Troop-where she attained the nickname "Wonderwoman" by the junior scouts and leaders alike when a large tree unexpectedly fell and started rolling down the hill straight towards the junior scouts. Janet literally jumped in front of the large log and with help from God and a mighty adrenaline rush was able to stop the log in mid-roll before it reached the girls and this delay allowed the girls to get out of its way. Janet also helped organize cheerleader squads for SSJAA (South Suburban Junior Athletic Association) recreation football league in Grandview, Mo. Janet was a member of the PTA and Room Mother Chairman and Treasurer for the Blue Ridge Christian School Booster Club. Janet also served as Program Chairperson and Treasurer of City of Fountains Chapter of American Business Women's Association (ABWA) in Kansas City, Mo. and served as treasurer for Jefferson City/Columbia Chapter of NAWIC (National Association of Women in Construction). Janet served as Board Member and Treasurer of Healing House and New Beginnings in Jefferson City, Mo. and served as a Board Member and Treasurer for the Board of MCMC (Moniteau Christian Ministries Center) California, Mo. and volunteered with the food pantry. Throughout Janet's life she was heavily involved with various church ministries including Sunday School Teacher at First Baptist Church in Grandview, Mo.; Sunday School Teacher and Youth Leader at Antioch Baptist in Kansas City, Mo.; and she served as a Deaconess and on the Hospitality Committee at First Foursquare Church of Raytown, Mo. After relocating to the Jefferson City area, Janet also served as Deaconess, Sunday School Teacher and on the Hospitality Committee at Foursquare Church of Jefferson City, Mo. and was the Treasurer and a Sunday School Teacher and on the Hospitality Committee at House of Prayer Family Church in Jefferson City. Finally, after relocating for good this time back to the California, Mo. area, Janet was a greeter at New Life Christian Center. Above all Janet loved her Lord, her family, her friends and her country. Janet's hobbies included serving God, reading her bible and multiple devotions; spending time with family and taking her grandkids and great-grandkids on backroad adventures (gravel roading) where one grandchild (Alex) was famous for saying "you better have water or something to drink and eat when you go on a drive with gma because you never know where you will end up or how long you will be gone." She enjoyed crafting (especially making wreaths and flower arrangements based on the various seasons and holidays) family game nights and reading last but certainly not least Janet loved spending time making memories at their vacation home at Lake of the Ozarks and another in Athens, Mich. Janet is survived by one brother: Richard Beryl Elliott, California, Mo.; three children: daughter, Cheryl Payton (Randy), California, Mo., son, Kevin Waterstradt (Robin), Athens, Mich., and daughter, Kerri Jenkins (Daniel) California, Mo.; seven grandchildren: Franczhesca Martinez (Chris), Columbia, Mo., Christina Martinez, Eldon, Mo., Austin Payton (Laura), Holts Summit, Mo., Joshua Waterstradt, US Army-Kuwait, Kayla Anderson (Zach), Michigan, Patrick Waterstradt, Michigan, and Alexander Jenkins (Ashley), US Army, Georgia; nine greatgrandchildren: Thea Martinez, Jefferson City, Mo., Broderick Reece, Columbia, Mo., Gavin Roberson, Columbia, Mo., James Roberson, Linn, Mo., Kayelee Payton, Holts Summit, Mo., Grady Payton, Holts Summit, Mo., Addison Jenkins, coastal Georgia, Aric Jenkins, coastal Georgia, and Alannah Jenkins, coastal Georgia; two great-great grandchildren: Freya Roberson, Columbia, Mo. and Zobias Martinez, Jefferson City, Mo.; many cousins; and dear friends, Ruby Kay, Centertown, Mo., Donna Elliott, Columbia, Mo., Bill and Linda Moree, Ocala, Fla. and Larry and Doris Spencer of Mo. Preceding Janet in death was her mother, father, and husband, Gary. Friends will be received Saturday, April 27, 2019, from 10-11 a.m., with funeral service at 11 a.m. at New Life Christian Center, Hwy. 87 North, California, Mo. with Pastor Frank Hensley and Pastors James and Dorene Jackson officiating. Interment will follow at the New Hope Cemetery near Marion. Memorial contributions are suggested to Healing House and New Beginnings, P.O. Box 1682, Jefferson City, MO 65102-1682. Arrangements are under the direction Windmill Ridge Funeral Service, California, Mo. Online messages of condolence may be contributed at www.windmillridgefuneralservice.com.