Hilda Janet Dickens Tyson of Leesburg, Virginia, known as Janet to all, passed away on July 15, 2019 at Inova Loudoun Hospital in Leesburg. She was 78 years old.
Janet was born July 22, 1940 in Leesburg, Va., to parents Dewey Edwin Hough and Hilda Gladys (Spring) Hough. She grew up in a house on Rockland estate north of Leesburg, where her father was caretaker, with her sisters Patricia and Alice. She attended the Lucketts School and Loudoun County High School, and was a longtime resident of Loudoun County. Janet was known for her hard work, creativity, caring nature and compassion. She loved home decorating, gardening, and doing many crafts such as cross-stitch and quilting. She also loved cooking and baking, hosting holiday dinners and throwing a good party. With her family, she enjoyed camping trips in their travel trailer, going to campgrounds all over the mid-Atlantic, and beach vacations all down the coast from Delaware to Florida. Janet was also known for her love for running a business, most recently Jerry's Florist in Leesburg, which she owned and operated with a passion for 18 years after purchasing from owner Jerry Smith. Her history with small business began about 1968, when she operated a hair salon, "Jan's Beauty Salon," from her home for 14 years and had many loyal customers. In the 1980's she opened a shop in Leesburg called Colonial Creations, selling reproduction colonial-style furniture and gifts. Later her love for flowers led her to the florist industry, where her eye for design, attention to detail, and love for her customers shone through at Jerry's Florist. Janet dedicated her life to following the Lord Jesus Christ, and she was an active member of Leesburg Church of the Nazarene. She served for many years leading the Women's Ministries group and helped in many other facets of church life over the years. Janet is preceded in death by her first husband of 41 years, Elmo F. Dickens, her sister Patricia Hunt and brother-in-law John Hunt of Old Hickory, Tn., her brother-in-law William Jerrell of Leesburg, Va.; and brothers- and sisters-in-law Edgar and Elberta Dickens of Leesburg, Va., Paris and Nancy Dickens of Fairfax, Va., Ken and Geneva June Spatz of Reading, Pa., Marvin & Viola Sue Whitehead of Arlington, Va., and Gladys Ganley of Raleigh, NC. Janet is survived by her loving husband of 20 years, Harry L. Tyson, Jr.; her three children and their spouses, Gary and Beverly (Waldrip) Dickens of Warsaw, Va., Linda and Ver Curtiss of Leesburg, Va., and Troy and Elaine (Harman) Dickens of Haymarket, Va.; grandchildren Michael Dickens, Victoria Lansing, Amy Dickens and John Dickens; sister Alice Jerrell of Leesburg, Virginia; brother-in-law Oswald Ganley of Durham, NC, and brother- and sister-in-law Henry Thomas Dickens and Joy Dickens of Mineral, Va., as well as many nieces and nephews. Family will receive friends on Friday, August 2, 2019 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Leesburg Church of the Nazarene, 17667 Roxbury Hall Rd, Leesburg, VA 20175 where a service will be held on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 1:00 pm. Burial will follow at Hillsboro Cemetery, Hillsboro, VA.