Ouida Janette Collet

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September 4, 1933 ~ March 27, 2023

Born in: Arlington, Texas
Resided in: Arlington, Texas

Ouida Janette Collet, passed away on Monday, March 27th, 2023, in Arlington Texas.

Celebration of Life: 11 a.m. Saturday, June 3, at Arlington Community Church, 1715 W. Randol Mill Road, Arlington. A reception will immediately follow the service at David’s Barbecue, 2224 W. Park Row, Arlington.

Janette was born on September 4, 1933, in Arlington, Texas to Cledus and Jewell Fitzgerald. She had four other siblings, her sister Charlene Rice, and her brothers Harold Fitzgerald, CM Fitzgerald, and Ed Fitzgerald all of Arlington. She is survived by her son Larry Collet of Houston, and her granddaughter Tori Collet of Edmond, Oklahoma, and her beloved dog “Bubbles”.

Janette was an Arlington resident all her life, and was a daughter and kin to Arlington’s earliest residents. Her first career was working at Oil States Rubber company, and then she went to work for the Tarrant County Courthouse, in Ft. Worth, Texas, where she retired in 1987 after 33 years of service. She had various roles during her career at the “county” as being a court reporter for Judge Mc Manis, and in addition to this served as a probate clerk, issuing marriage licenses and assumed names throughout her years of service.

Following retirement Janette went to work for Sears, and volunteered at Mission Arlington. She also was a faithful member at Arlington Community Church.

Janette lived life to the fullest. She treasured all her loyal friends in which she had so many. To her everyone was “Sug”, whether it be a friend or a stranger. She loved visiting and taking trips to see all of her friends. She loved to send cards, in which she called “gmaw mail” to Tori and Larry and especially to receive cards. Her instinct to love and care for others was unsurmountable. Her compassion and ability to attract others with her smile was infectious.

Janette enjoyed traveling, especially to see her granddaughter play sports at all levels. She was there from elementary to graduating in college. She traveled many times to Houston to watch Tori play softball on her own with her dog “Bubbles”. As Tori transitioned to University of Central Oklahoma, we traveled to see her games at UCO. She loved to attend the Colonial Golf Tournament, Texas Ranger and Dallas Cowboy games.

She was so blessed to have such loyal friends and family that stood by her in her last days. Most notable, Tambre Ruggiero, & family, Cher Annie Foggle, Jina Hendricks, Shelly Parker, Malcolm, Pastor Mark, Mary Mullens, and Champlin Desmond Haye which signed his book to her “The Voice of Hope”, and sung the song “One Day at a time”, on many occasions.


Celebration of Life: June 3, 2023 11:00 am

Arlington Community Church
1715 W. Randol Mill Road
Arlington, TX

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  1. Larry and Cori, Iโ€™m so very sorry for your loss. I knew Janette thru Tarrant County and our mutual friend Sue Drewien. Janette was a wonderful woman always full of life. She was the ultimate โ€œlife of the partyโ€. Cori, I never got to meet you but feel like I know you very well. Your grandmother talked about you with such love and pride. Rest in peace with the Lord Janette.

    • I met Janette around 2005-2006 but it wasnโ€™t until 2010 that we really started to get to know each other . She was an amazing grandma , mother & a friend to many . Todd & I will forever cherish the time we shared with her ๐Ÿ’— She was always very thoughtful , kind hearted & selfless person . Through my health struggles over the years , she was always there & prayed for me. She actually gave me a personalized devotional prayer book and she wrote a note on the front page

      โ€œ I hope you will love this little book like I do mine. It reminds me that he is always with me.โ€ โ€”Love you

      I loved how she always ends with โ€œ I love you,โ€ in person /text even her last message she left in my voicemail last March 4, 2023 . She truly reminded me to always trust in the lord no matter how hard struggles can be . I will miss the little things like our random afternoon hot cocoa and chat when she used to live in Chasewood , our random trips to Dollar tree by Pantego & we visit Charlene , her sissy and our movie/lunch dates on several occasions โ€ฆ She really embraced life and reminded me to live life to the fullest & make memories coz 2morow is never promised โ€ฆ.Few days after she passed , I was scrolling through the channel and I happened to see โ€œ The help .โ€ It instantly reminded me when she would say โ€œ You is smart , you is beautiful & you is important .โ€ We often started saying this to each other as I was leaving her condo & we both would laugh our ass off !! Love you girl !! I know your living it up above ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—

  2. My Other Mother, you are so deeply missed. I wish I had one more hug, one more “Sug”, one more luch….one more day

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