RUEDE—JaNel Wakeen LaVerne Ruede passed away May 10, 2021


RUEDE—JaNel Wakeen LaVerne Ruede passed away May 10, 2021, at the age of 47.

She was beautiful, funny, loyal and confident with a devilish smile and mischievous sense of humor.

Her devotion and love for her friends and family will be forever missed. 

Janel was born Aug. 17, 1973 in Florence, Ore., to Bud and Pam Wilkins. Her childhood was filled with fun and adventure that she shared with her four younger siblings.

Being the oldest of five, she felt a responsibility to make sure her siblings knew she was the one in charge and until the end this never changed. She was the boss and everyone knew it whether anyone wanted to admit it or not.

Janel graduated from Siuslaw High School in 1991  and went to beauty school shortly after. She enjoyed being a hairstylist until she was forced to retire in 2003.

On Dec. 14, 1996, Janel married the love of her life, Erick Ruede, and had a beautiful daughter, Andraison Leigh Ruede; she loved both unconditionally and selflessly devoted her life to them.

Janel was brave, fearless and bold with a well-known, quick temper, unique laugh and a big bright teasing smile that would light up your day.

Janel was diagnosed with MJD in 1997 and, despite the terrifying prognosis, she faced the disease with unparalleled strength and bravery.

Her strength, determination and her love for Erick kept her right next to his side. Erick's love and devotion for JaNel  made them inseparable until the very end. 

In her last days, she was at home surrounded by the love of her family, Erick and Andraison, her brothers Kiha and Judiah Wilkins, her sisters Chienne Wilson and Teola Hinds and their families, and her two besties, Ricki Riggs Roemen and Kay Chapman Cooper — which, as in most things, is exactly how she wanted it!

She will be forever missed and her memories never forgotten

Burns's Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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