Janet Lynn Lain Emerson

03/06/1943 - 01/05/2021


Janet Lynn Lain (77) was born to Lambert and Eugenia Lain on March 6, 1943, in Stephenville, TX.  She died on January 5, 2021, at Covenant Hospital in Lubbock, TX.

Janet spent her youth in Odessa, TX, attending Odessa High School, Odessa Community College, and Trinity Baptist Church, of which her parents were founding members.  She was a choir member at each of these institutions and remained involved with music for her entire life.

Janet married Gerald Emerson in 1970 at Calvary Baptist Church in Lubbock, TX.  They joyfully welcomed a son, Lyndal “Lyn” Emerson, to their family in 1971.

Janet moved to the Lubbock area in the late 1960s and was employed in accounting at Featherlite Block in Lubbock, TX, and Clovis, NM for many years. For the majority of her career, she served as a public servant to the State of Texas.  Janet held positions at Odessa Community College, Texas Tech University, and The Texas Department of Public Safety. At the Lubbock DPS facility, she served as the private secretary for three successive Regional Captains: Cpt J. Tillinghast, Cpt C. Borlan, and Cpt T. Valdez.  Janet was very proud to serve The Great State of Texas.  She also simultaneously served as the accountant for Emerson Backhoe, her husband’s/family’s business. She retired in 2006 to care for her ailing husband.

Janet was a long-standing member of Slide Baptist Church and its successive incarnations in Lubbock, TX.  She was also active in community service through her church, as a founding member of the Tiny Pirate Booster Club (a PTA type organization) at Lubbock Cooper ISD in the early 1980s, and acting as an organizer of student events (NHS, Band, Athletics) at both Lubbock Cooper and Lubbock High School.

Janet was a loving, devoted wife to her husband, Gerald, and a wonderful mother and grandmother to their son and his children.  She was very loved in return.  Her love and devotion extended to the rest of her family and friends and was exquisitely expressed in the long term care she provided to both Gerald’s and her own parents.  She cared for them through chronic illnesses in their final years despite not being assisted or supported by significant parts of the family.  She spent her final 15 years lovingly caring for her husband, who suffered from a devastating chronic illness.

Janet had a wonderful sense of humor, had many hobbies, was a gifted artist and seamstress, and especially loved watching Hallmark movies while eating ice cream.  She tried her best, but she was not blessed with a green thumb and lovingly over watered countless tomato plants.  She was a life long Texas Tech fan and a fanatical Patrick Mahomes fan. She was a fastidious housekeeper and never allowed junk to pile up.  Those who knew her best will know this is all too true. *wink, I hope that made you laugh, mom*

Janet is survived by her son, Lyndal “Lyn” Emerson, MD. PhD. & wife Kelly of Lubbock, TX, and Flomaton, AL; 3 grandchildren, Sydney Shapiro Emerson, Henry Atticus Emerson and their mother Sacha Shapiro Emerson of Vineyard Haven Massachusetts, and Tate Waters of Flomaton, AL; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Martha and John Chester of Phoenix, AZ.  She leaves behind lifelong friends, Bill & Alice Busby of Midland, TX, and Mary Lou Massengale of Lubbock, special friends, Ellae Mae Gentry, Laura Stallings both of Lubbock, and Barbara Walters of Tecumseh, OK.  In addition, she leaves behind three beloved pets, Marble, Cake, and Cat Cat Sweetie Pie.

Janet will be greatly missed.

She will be laid to rest beside her beloved Gerald at Peaceful Gardens Cemetery in Woodrow, TX, on January 12, 2021, at 2:00 PM with a small private graveside service due to covid concerns. You are encouraged to sign the virtual guestbook and share memories on this page.


In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to Morris Safe House Dog Rescue; 3240 Nightingale Rd, Lubbock, TX 79407

Private Graveside

Location: Peaceful Gardens Memorial Park
Start Time:2:00 pm
End Time:3:00 pm



9 Comments on “Janet Lynn Lain Emerson”

  1. Lynn, God bless you and the rest of the family and give you comfort and peace. May He hold you all in His arms, and may you find strength in pouring your hearts out to Him. May you all know the presence and power of Christ throughout your lives. It was a blessing to work with Janet at Texas DPS. She had a good sense of humor…. she put up with my teasing her, and tricks! She ‘pulled’ some of her own at times and had a particular smile and twinkle in her eye when ‘she gotcha’. I enjoyed working with her! She was always appreciative, too. I am convinced she knew the Lord and I’m sure she is enjoying her reward with Him and seeing Gerald again. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  2. Janet was a coworker and a friend. Though I had not seen her since I moved away, we kept in touch. Our deepest condolences to her family.

  3. Our condolences to the family.
    I too worked at the Texas Dept of Public Safety Driver License Division with Janet.
    Janet was a sweet thoughtful person. I too remember her beautiful smile and that twinkle in her eyes. I know she will be missed.
    May she Rest In Peace.
    Alicia and Adam

  4. Condolences to the family. I also worked with Janet at DPS. She was fun and sweet.

  5. I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Janet her entire career at DPS. You would be hard-pressed to find a more genuine, sweet, and caring person. Rest in peace.

  6. I fondly remember Janet’s beautiful smile when we worked together at the DPS. Janet was always upbeat and a caring person.

  7. Janet was my grandmother, or GranJan as we called her. My mom and aunt might not have been hers by blood, but she never treated me and my sister any differently. I’m thankful for the wonderful memories of her and PaPaw that I will cherish forever. I’m thankful she got to know her two great grandchildren, and for the time/pictures we have.

  8. This was my GranJan. Growing up I always thought it was so awesome to have a bonus grandma!!

    She always made my sister Kori and I feel so special!! One of my favorite traditions we had were the vintage Barbie Christmas ornaments she would get for us each year. I am so glad that we have those to treasure and share with our own children.

    The obituary may not say our names, but we know what Gerald (our PaPaw) and Janet (our Gran Jan) meant to us.

    We hope the Lord blesses the rest of our family through this difficult time.

  9. I was fortunate enough to have Janet as my secretary from January 1, 2003 until June 31, 2005. She was so dependable and made my job a lot easier and she always had a positive attitude. Lynn I’m so sorry that you have had to deal with the death of both parents so close together. May God give you and all of your family the strength and comfort you need.

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