Janie Lou Veasey McFadyen died May 27, 2023 at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center at the age of 93.
She was born on the family farm in Hoke County on December 16, 1929 to Olivia (Beck) and Joseph O. Veasey. She was the youngest of four surviving children.
Raised in a Christian home, she accepted Christ as her personal Savior as a young child. She developed a strong work ethic, love of Jesus and family, and a caring heart as death and illness impacted her immediate family. This fed her desire to become a nurse.
She met Thomas McFadyen at Hoke County High School. He was a gentleman who loved the Lord and became the love of her life. Upon graduation, she attended Highsmith Hospital receiving her three-year Diploma in Nursing. In 1951, nursing students had to be "respectable" and were not allowed to marry. Tom had joined the Army and was being assigned out of state. They received special permission to marry a few weeks before her graduation.
"Miz Janie" worked as a Registered Nurse at each military assignment. When Tom completed military service, they returned to Raeford. They built a home on Raeford Road in 1955 where she lived until her death. She began working at (then) Cape Fear Valley Hospital before it opened and remained there for 58 years before retiring three times. She saw her Nurse's Cap as a sign of achievement and proudly wore it daily. She spent most of her career working in OB/GYN/Mother-Baby. She earned an "Exemplary Employee" award and touched countless lives at CFVMC. She was delighted to be featured on WRAL's Tarheel Traveler in 2008.
Thomas died two weeks before their 57th anniversary. She was also preceded in death by both parents; siblings Edwin, Horace, Virginia Pitt, and Mildred; all brother-and sister-in-laws; and daughter-in-law Kim.
She is survived by children Susan and Richard McFadyen, Doris Fritts; grandchildren Angela Hill, Jason (Leslie) McFadyen, Jennifer (Jason) Holdaway, Jonathan (Alicia) Fritts; great-grandchildren Haley Hill, Tiffany (Conner) Derhammer, Devlin (Anna) McFadyen, Mason and Ellie Fritts, Addison and Benjamin Holdaway, two great-great- grandchildren, and many beloved nieces and nephews.
She was active in Gideons International and Church of the Open Door until recently. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to either organization. She purposed to be a prayer warrior when she could do little else.
Visitation will be held on Monday, June 5 at Church of the Open Door, 4445 Cliffdale Rd., Fayetteville from 9-10:30 a.m. followed by a celebration of life at 11 a.m. The funeral procession will leave the church about 1 p.m. for burial at the Raeford Cemetery.