O’FALLON – Some of the students at Delores Moye Elementary School didn’t quite understand why their friend Janet seemingly got special treatment. Janet would miss days of school and wouldn’t have to do the same amount of schoolwork they did.
But seven-year-old Janet Pruneau would have traded most anything to be just like everyone else. Janet was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in April, 2013. Despite receiving clean scans in February of 2014, Janet began fighting a recurrence in August of that year. Despite the doctors’ best efforts the cancer continued to grow. On September 28, 2015, treatment was stopped and on February 13, 2016, Janet peacefully passed away with her family at her side.
“Janet’s passing, of course, brings a great sadness to our Moye family. We will always miss her bright smile and hugs that melted our hearts,” said Moye Principal Becky Williams.
Williams said Janet had a wonderful appreciation for life and always had a good attitude.
“I loved when she would come to school in the morning and ask for a friend to come walk her to class. Some days I was lucky enough to be the chosen friend, other days it was one of our amazing secretaries, but most days it was a first grade buddy! They would walk hand in hand, usually the buddy carrying Janet’s book bag, but both with huge smiles. Those are the things we want to remember. So, we are going to carry on Janet’s legacy by remembering that big smile, that she never met a stranger, and that life is good,” said Williams.
Last Thursday, only two days prior to Janet’s passing, the entire school wore pink and red to show support for Janet.
“We’re not wearing pink and red for Valentine’s Day. We’re wearing them because they are Janet’s favorite colors and we want to show support for her. We want to show her that the entire Moye community is behind her,” Williams said on Thursday. Nearly 800 students, teachers, and faculty assembled in the gym for a large group photo.
Janet is survived by her parents Thomas and Laura Pruneau, two brothers James and Jeremy, and a sister, Alyssa. Memorials may be made to the Friends of Kids with Cancer, www.friendsofkids.com or Kellsie’s Hope Foundation, Inc., www.kellsieshopefoundation.com
A visitation will be held on Friday, February 19, from 3 -7 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 1111 E U.S. 50, O’Fallon. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, February 20, at 11 a.m. at the Delores Moye Elementary School.