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October 24, 1932 – July 28, 2023

On Friday, July 28, 2023, God, in his infinite Wisdom, called home our beloved, Jean Mitchell Canady while at home with her family. She was born October 24, 1932, to the late Robert B. Mitchell, Sr. and Maggie M. Wynn in Petersburg, VA. She was preceded in death by her husband, James A. Canady, Sr.

Jean Canady graduated from Peabody High School in Petersburg, VA. Shortly after graduation, she got married and traveled to France and other military locations with her husband. She enjoyed 57 years of marriage prior to her husband’s death on March 8, 2009.

Jean had a successful career at Roses Department Store where she was a manager, retiring in 1992. She was a member of First Baptist Church and lived a faith-filled life, always sharing her experiences with family and friends. Her primary focus in life was her family. She had a heart for nurturing her children and grandchildren through the various phases of life. Her proudest moments were seeing each of her grandchildren walk across the stage during their high school graduations and becoming productive citizens. She was able to see all but one graduate from college. She valued family reunions, vacations and holiday get togethers.

The light of her life was her family: three children, Jacqueline Woodson (Al) of Woodbridge, VA, James A, Canady, Jr. (Sandra) of Bolingbrook, IL, and Janice Baptiste (Neil) of Chester, VA; eight grandchildren, James A. Canady III (Melandee) of Woodbridge, VA, Shawn C. Canady (Amanda) of Powder Springs, GA, Jeremiah Canady (Lasonya) of Woodridge, IL, April Woodson of Sacramento, CA, Ashlee Woodson of Triangle, VA, Alexa Woodson of Stafford, VA, Noelle and Neil Baptiste II both of Chester, VA; eleven great grandchildren, Simone and James of Woodbridge, VA, Claudia, Chole, Clarabelle, Camilla, and Cruz all of Powder Springs, GA, Dakodah, Nehemiah, Xaiden and Genesis all of Woodridge, IL; one brother, Robert B. Mitchell of Somerset, NJ; one devoted nephew, David Canady of Raleigh, NC; four nieces, Davidetta Carter and Dorothy Hicks both of Brooklyn, NY, Sheila Jones (Emery) of Newark, DE and Monica Mitchell (Reggie) of Somerset, NJ; two cousins, Benita Morris (Herbert) of Chester, VA and Walter Blackwell of Ann Arbor, MI; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.

Services will be held 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, August 2, 2023, in the Chapel of J. M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment, Inc., 102 South Avenue, Petersburg, VA, the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Tillman, eulogist. The interment to follow at Wilkerson Memorial Cemetery.

At the request of the family, there will be no public viewing for Mrs. Canady.

J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment, Inc., 102 South Avenue, Petersburg, VA, (804) 732-8911, watch the funeral services live online at