RALEIGH, NC – Janet Crooker Nickerson, 91, died Saturday, December 18, 2021 in Raleigh, North Carolina. She was born in Norway during the Great Depression into a large family with four brothers and six sisters. She loved to ice skate and once dreamed of becoming a professional figure skater. She was also a voracious reader, greatly inspired by her 5th grade teacher. She also hated cherries! And would NEVER eat anything to do with cherries or cherry flavor! I think it’s because she got sick from eating too much cherry pie.
She graduated from Providence Bible Institute (now Gordon College) in 1953, then married Gifford Nickerson in Auburn. Janet worked and raised three children while supporting her husband, and they moved around extensively to keep up with his academic pursuits, eventually settling in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1968. Her favorite places to live were Seattle and Montana.
Janet taught kindergarten and served as director of daycare at West Raleigh Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she worked from 1968 until the early 1970s.
Janet then served in the North Carolina state government and rose to the position of Section Chief of the Child Daycare Licensing Office. Janet then branched out and started Creative Day Care Consultants, a small business aimed at helping daycares in North Carolina.
Janet and Gifford really enjoyed the North Carolina State Faculty Club, which gave them plenty of opportunities to relax and joke around with friends. They often attended teachers’ club nights, many of which centered on country and western themes. They both loved two-step and shared a love of county music.
Janet never learned to swim and often said she was afraid of the water, but that didn’t stop her from boating! She boarded her nephew’s pontoon boat and meandered around Whitney Pond. She also toured part of Boston in 2013 on a Charles River Duck Boat, and never looked happier!
She was predeceased by her parents; husband, Gifford; siblings Herbert, Peggy, Harold, Celia, Arthur, Polly, Muriel and Roberta.
She is survived by her brother, Bob (Becky); his children, Paula, John (Isabel) and Karen; grandchildren John, Chris (Esme), Kyle (Nina), Dianna, Kaylie, Karson and Joseph; great-grandchildren Elizabeth and Damon; several nieces, nephews; and good friends.
She was loved by all and we will often think of her.
Memorial services are planned for a later date in North Carolina.