Community comes together to celebrate the life of Little Janet

 

IMG_8386O’FALLON – The community came together Saturday morning to celebrate the life of a seven-year-old girl that had touched many lives and spread hope and joy during her recently lost battle with cancer.

Janet Pruneau passed away on February 13 after battling a malignant brain tumor since 2013. Janet attended Delores Moye Elementary School, which was the site of the celebration of life ceremony.

“Cry if you want to cry. Laugh if you need to laugh. Dance if you need to dance. Janet would want more laughing and dancing than crying though,” said Scott Milford, a pastor at Skyline Church where Janet’s family attends services.

Pastor Lance Johnson said he was astounded at Janet’s faith and trust in God and Jesus.

“Janet once told her mom ‘I love you. I don’t want to leave you. I don’t want to leave Dad. I don’t want to leave my brothers. I love everyone. I don’t want to die, but I’m not scared.’ That’s a profound statement from a seven year old child,” Johnson shared during his portion of the program.

“We will all mourn Janet’s passing. But our grief should not define our life. Janet wouldn’t want it that way and that wouldn’t honor Janet’s legacy,” said Johnson.

The trees lining the sidewalk into Moye Elementary School were decorated with pink ribbons in Janet's memory. (O'Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

The trees lining the sidewalk into Moye Elementary School were decorated with pink ribbons in Janet’s memory. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

Loved ones and well-wishers lined up to extend condolences to Janet's parents. Pictured, seated, is Janet's mother, Laura. (O'Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

Loved ones and well-wishers lined up to extend condolences to Janet’s parents. Pictured, seated, is Janet’s mother, Laura. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

Classmates covered the sidewalk at Moye Elementary with messages of support for Janet and her family. (O'Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

Classmates covered the sidewalk at Moye Elementary with messages of support for Janet and her family. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

Attendees young and old were moved to tears during a video about Janet's fight with cancer. (O'Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

Attendees young and old were moved to tears during a video about Janet’s fight with cancer. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)