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Janet Louise Pruitt

March 30, 1937 — January 29, 2024


Janet Louise Pruitt, 86, of Spartanburg SC, passed away January 29th, 2024, peacefully in her sleep in the early morning with family by her side. Although, most people knew her as Jan, Granny Jan, the fudge lady, interplanet Janet, the galaxy girl or as the unofficial mayor of White Oaks, all would say they loved her for her amazing fun-loving attitude towards life. All knew she suffered from terminal optimism, and it was highly contagious. She was born to the late John Simone and Louise Contarino, March 30th, 1937, in Rockford, Illinois. Janet graduated from Harlem High School in Loves Park, IL in 1955, and graduated with a master’s in computer science at Rockford College. She had an amazing fudge business called Granny Jan’s Homemade Fudge, in which she sold her fudge at endless fairs and markets across the Bay Area in California for about 20 years, and when she moved to South Carolina in 2012 she carried on that work here. For all the thousands of people from all over the world who have enjoyed her sweet treats for decades, Granny Jan will truly be missed. She was married to the late James Desmond Pruitt, Jr. in the late 80’s, they lived together in Benicia, CA, a small Nantucket town in the Bay Area. Jim cared for her better than any man in her life and they were deeply in love. He predeceased her in November 2013. Janet is survived by her four children, 14 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren! Beginning with her oldest: Dr. Jon (64) Baker is married to Danyel (53), their children are Nick (41) Baker is married to Eva (39), their children are Emily (12) and Dominic (8); Andrew (39) Baker is married to Brittani (29), their children are Aubree (14) and Kolton (10); USMC SGT Tyden (23) Baker and Marcada (20) Baker. Dawn (61), married to Tim (63 ) Wolfe, their children are Nicole (42) Baker, her children are Trey (24) and Anthony (18); Tara (38) is married to Jon Panek (34); Katrina (38) Huggins, her children are Matthew (15), Hunter (7), and Everleigh (2); and Casandra (33) Huggins, her children are Isabella (11) and Savannah (5). Michael (56) Baker is married to Tina (55), their children are Brandy (37) she is married to Ryan (37) Massay, their son is Zane (17); and Brandon (27) Baker is married to Jessica (26), their daughter is Lilly (3.5 months). Dr. Scott (53) Baker is married to Dr. Cynthia, their children are Cayla (29) Baker, her children are Phoenix (5) and Ryker (3); Steffen (28) Baker is married to Amber (28), their daughter is Luna (3); Monte’ (25) Imperial-Long is married to Grayson; and Anthony (24) Baker. Jan loved life and all it had to offer, she enjoyed music, loved singing in the church choir, and played the accordion for many years, she also loved art and had painted many beautiful canvases, she loved traveling and visiting new places as long as she could get there by car only, she was an active member in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and served in the South Carolina temple, she was also member of the Spartanburg Newcomers and Red Hats, she was obsessed with playing card games and board games, especially hosting the games at her apartment with all her friends, of course she was a huge football fan and loved the San Francisco 49ers, the night before her passing we had a football party for her, with all her local family, to watch the 49ers play for the NFC championship, when they won, she said, “Woohoo! Oh Boy!” We will be celebrating Jan’s life on February 17th from 1pm to 3pm at the Spartanburg LDS church’s cultural hall at 121 Quail Dr., Spartanburg SC 29302. 

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Celebration of Life

Saturday, February 17, 2024

1:00 - 3:00 pm (Eastern time)

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

121 Quail Dr, Spartanburg, SC 29302

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