Janet Elaine Eldridge, of Wilmington, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, after a battle with cancer.
Born on Jan. 19, 1945 in Flint, Michigan, she was the daughter of late Kenneth A. Dimond and Elaine W. Dimond.
She graduated from Swartz Creek High School in 1963 and Miller Motte with a degree in business administration and accounting in 1977.
In between schools, she served in the US Women’s Army Corps as a Medical Corpsman. After graduating from Miller Motte, she went on to service in a volunteering capacity for over 41 years. She worked tirelessly coaching girls’ softball at Supper Optimist Club. She also volunteered at Laney High School and Noble Middle School.
She faithfully served in scouting for 41 years in many roles. During this time, she helped many young men achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. Through her years of scouting, she received numerous awards. Among those awards were the Lifetime Achievement Award and Cape Fear Award. She was also a Silver Beaver Award recipient.
Through her many years of dedication she has touched many lives. Her influence will be remembered for many years to come. Those who she mentored on the softball field, in school and in scouting will always remember the rough exterior but the caring heart.
She is survived by her son, Gerald D. Eldridge (Emily); granddaughters, Amanda, Sarah and Kira Eldridge; sister, Beverly Aspenleiter (Tom) and brother, Tom Dimond (Carolyn). She was preceded in death by her best friend, Carol Bullis.
A visitation will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5 at Andrews Market Street Chapel, with a service to follow at 2 p.m. A graveside service will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park on Shipyard Boulevard.
The family wishes to thank Boy Scouts of America Troop 237 and the Cape Fear Council. The family also wishes to express their gratitude to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice for all their care given.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the BSA Cape Fear Council or the Lower Cape Fear Hospice in her name.
Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.
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