SOUTH ROYALTON —There was a potluck gathering in celebration of her life at Bob and Tracy Vesper’s home in Tunbridge on July 9 for Janet Ellen Heath Willey Shatswell who died July 5, losing her long battle with Leukemia. She was surrounded by the love of four of her children and her only sister, in comfort care of hospice at Mount Ascutney. There were no calling hours per her wish.
She was born Jan. 15, 1945, daughter of Francis Benjamin Heath and Louella Evelyn Gregg.
Janet, better known by her CB radio handle “Little Momma”, was an 18-wheeler truck driver during the late 70’s and early 80’s, driving all across the U.S.A
Janet loved fishing, hunting and camping. She and her 6 T’s traveled many places and met many interesting people over the years. In Janet’s later years she worked as a salesperson at Wal-Mart in both Lebanon and Claremont forming many wonderful friendships.
She is survived by her six children: Tarry Grant of South Royalton, Tammy Willey of Quechee, Tracy Vesper of Tunbridge, Tina Willey of Bristol, Tobbi Gunn of Quechee and Todd Shatswell of Northfield, New Hampshire; 16 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren, all of whom loved Grammie, Bamma or GG very much; one sister, Dottie Crandall of Perkinsville; three brothers, Clarence (Caddy) Heath, Leslie Heath of Kentucky and George Potwin of Maryland; and many nieces and nephews, all of whom would speak of her love and kindness and sense of adventure.
Janet was predeceased by both parents; and four brothers, George Bruce Heath, Arthur (Bud) Heath, Fred Lee Heath, and Charlie Heath.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to care for end of life expenses to Tarry Grant and Tracy Vesper, P. O. Box 167, Tunbridge, 05077 also Janet’s wishes.
A private message of sympathy for the family for the family can be shared at boardwayandcilley.com. The Boardway and Cilley Funeral Home, Chelsea handled arrangements.
This obituary will also appear in the July 13, 2017 edition of the Vermont Standard.
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