Janis Lucille Hull

Janis Lucille Hull, age 80, of Columbus, Ohio, passed away July 17, 2020. She was born November 5, 1939 in Rendville, Ohio, the oldest of six children, to her parents, Gilbert and Gertrude (Ashby) Mitchell.
Janis graduated from Corning High School in 1958, and moved to Columbus. There she met and married Bruce H. Hull II in 1958. They had 4 children, Bruce, Victoria, Angela, and Jeffery. After Janis and Bruce divorced in 1962, she met Thomas Kearnell, who became her long-time companion until his death in 1995. Janis and Thomas had one child together, Cheryl. Janis worked at Fort Hayes, and the Defense Construction Supply Center in Columbus. She later moved to Virginia, working for several years at the Pentagon until her retirement. Throughout her career, her dedication earned her numerous awards and commendations for her exemplary service.

Janis was a loving mother. She would regularly take the children for drives in the country after Sunday dinner, or pile everyone in the car for an evening at the local drive-in. Mom’s house, no matter where it was, was always a gathering place for friends, family, and neighbors. She greeted everyone with a smile and made them feel at home. Many referred to her affectionately as “mom”. Janis enjoyed bowling, and had participated in several bowling leagues around Columbus. She enjoyed watching Westerns on TV, working crossword puzzles, and spending time with family.

In addition to her parents, Janis was preceded in death by Thomas Kearnell, her brothers Donovan, and John, sister Brenda Palmer, grandson Daniel Floyd, nephews Albert Henderson, Anthony Bolden, and Gilbert Mitchell. She is survived by her brother Richard (Christiana) Mitchell, sister Patricia Henderson, her children Bruce (Barb) H. Hull III, Victoria Floyd, Angela Martinez, Jeffrey Hull, and Cheryl Hull, grandchildren Ashley Hull, Joshua Floyd, Jasmine (Alex) Swanson, Brandy Walters, Brent Walters II, Rishaad Thompson, Portia Crowder-Hull, and Eric Calvin, Jr., great-grandchildren Sema’j Story, Xavion Swanson, Oliver Huffman (Floyd), Breann and Crystal Walters, Shawn, Dálan, and Neveáh Keaton, Reiyah, Rahmah and Jon Pennant, JaVeon Woods, as well as many other nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Private Services entrusted to MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE NORTH, 2500 Cleveland Ave.

Interment at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.

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Condolence Messages

  1. Dr. Rodney D. Rogers

    Dear Hull Family,
    Mother Hull will remain in our hearts and memory as the coolest mom ever! She let us be kids in the band days, the dating days, and party days! I never heard her condemn us only loved us and gave us freedom! What an amazing woman! She will be missed but her memory will be forever on my heart ❤️! Love you all, Rodney (Loretta Ave) Rogers

  2. Cousin Betty Dexter

    My beautiful cousin Janis Lucille Mitchell Hull. Wish I could have seen you and talked to you one last time. You are going to be really missed Jan by our family. My condolences to all of our family. Heavenly rest Jan. Love you♥️

  3. To the family of Janis Hull.
    As I think of your mother, I think about how we shared taking the girls, Cheryl and Teresa, back and forth to different events, especially U.S.A. skating. Your mother was a loving, thoughtful, and a caring person. I send my deepest condolences to each and every one of you. May God watch over the family during your loss.

  4. To the Hull Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss,She will truly be missed. I can hear her calling Cheryl and my name telling us to come right back with the car,or laughing at something the grand kids said. She was always a joy to be around. RIH Ms Hull

  5. Darnell l Calhoun

    Sorry for your loss your mother was a beautiful person look to God for your healing bless you all Darnell Walters Calhoun

  6. Will forever be missed and Loved Janis was like family, That was a Rendville Thing For Sure…. Prayers And Love going out to the family, R.I.P. Janis

  7. I remember Janis when I worked at Fort Hayes and again at DCSC in Columbus. She was a kind person. I pray God’s richest blessings on her family.

  8. Charlotte A Blackwell

    To The Hull Family
    Words may not comfort you in this hour of loss, but God can. Keep believing and trusting in Him. He is a healer of broken hearts and will guide you through this time of sorrow. I will remember Janis with the laughter we shared. the stories we told , the trips we took and the friendship bond we had. Know I am praying your strength in the Lord

  9. Ruthie from Next Door

    The definition of a Mother! Growing up when I was in pre-school I vividly remember turning my afternoons into play dates with “Grandma”. I remember it as my time to hang out, have snacks & garden with my best friend who I called Grandma, when in reality it was Grandma volunteering to watch me while my Mom worked. She would never miss out on drinking “buun” our Eritrean coffee in the afternoons with my grandparents and chatting away like the best of friends. A past time she would reminisce upon up until the last time I was with her.

    She was always so compassionate towards me and my younger sister and embraced us as her own grandchildren. She’d seen us both grow up from next door. She was truly blessed to not only see her own children grow up and have children but their children’s children. A strong beautiful matriarch. Her loss is massive but she made us all better people by filling us with so much love.

    May the journey to heaven be a peaceful one filled with light Grandma.

    all our love,
    Ruthie, Mimi & Helen ♥️✨

  10. Sharon Preston Anderson

    To the family of Janis Lucille Hull, I have fond memories of Janis in Rendville, and at the Rendville functions.
    She will be missed.
    I am lifting your family in prayer for strength and comfort.
    God bless and keep you.

  11. I have known this family darn near my entire life and this beautiful woman was always so loving, caring and genuine and so funny. I love this family, my family so much. I am so hurt to hear of her passing. May she light up the heavens with her beautiful spirit and smile. She was an amazing woman and you can tell by the fruit she produced in all her children and grandchildren. She was a blessing to be connected to.

  12. I know this is a difficult time. Words may not Suffice to express the heartfelt sorrow that I fill for the passing of your mother. Such a great loss that can’t be refilled by others.. Please except my condolences to you and your family Vickie. Huggggs Love you sis

  13. Tim,Deborah Dexter and Family

    I’m so sorry…FAMILY!!!

  14. Rickie O. Harper

    To the Hull family. There’s so many great and beautiful words to say but the truth. In my heart, A mom not only to me but to everyone . My heart goes out to the Hull family. I love you all.

  15. Eddie Terry and Pat Terry

    Praying for you all strength

  16. Love knows no boundaries even those that divide heavens and earth.So whenever you feel sad,Hull,Mitchell family Remember your hearts are connected together. Also know My family and I are standing with you and will always be just a phone call away. Love you . Nathan and Alice Howard

  17. To my family, Mom Hull was a mom to all that she came across. I’m so thankful for all her guidance and love. She will be missed but never forgotten. I love you mom H❤

  18. So sorry for your loss. We are praying for you and your family. The kids have fond memories of how kind your mom was to them. Sending all our love.

    The Calloway Family

  19. deborah j boyce

    bless this family lord they need you

  20. TO THE HULLS. I FIRST MET JAN IN 1961 AND THOUGH I’M NOT IN THE FAMILY AS I WAS, WE WOULD TALK ON THE PHONE AND WOULD BE AS IF IT WAS THE SAME. WHAT A NICE AND BEAUTIFUL PERSON SHE WAS. SHE WILL BE MISSED.

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