Dorothy Janet Worrell (Small), 79, lifelong resident of Hammonton and Folsom, died peacefully at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania surrounded by her children on Saturday 10/7/17. Janet was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She was also a lifelong educator and dedicated volunteer whose life touched many more than her modest and effacing nature would allow her to admit.
She is predeceased by her husband George John Worrell, and is survived by her brother Clifford Small and his wife Nancy of Turnersville, and her children: George and his girlfriend Linda Souza of Hammonton, Richard and his wife Kathleen of Waterford, and Cheryl Gallagher and her husband Daniel of Marlton. She is also survived by her beloved grandchildren: Michael, Andrew, Alyssa, Christian, Claire, Luke, and Jack as well as many nieces and nephews.
Born in Hammonton on May 29, 1938 to Clifford and Edna Small, she attended Hammonton Public Schools in her youth. She followed in her mother's footsteps, attending Glassboro Teacher's College and graduating in 1960. During her college years she worked at the Midway Diner, meeting her future husband George. They were married in 1962.
Upon her graduation from Glassboro she began work as an Elementary School teacher first in Hammonton, then for the remainder of her career at Folsom Elementary. During her 30+ year career Janet taught all grades except for Kindergarten and was and early proponent of integrating personal computers in elementary education.
After her retirement from teaching Janet led a very active life, spending many of her weekends at Batsto dedicating her time as a member of the Batsto Citizen's Committee where she served for many years as Treasurer. She also became active in the Hammonton Historical Society devoting many hours to preserving and curating the town's history.
Memorial Services will be held Monday, October 16, 2017 11:00am at the Carnesale Funeral Home, 202 S. Third St., Hammonton where a visitation will be held from 9:00am until 11:00am. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations may made to the Historical Society of Hammonton PO Box 876 Hammonton, NJ 08037, to Folsom Education Foundation, 1357 Mays Landing Road, Folsom, NJ 08037 or to Batsto's Citizen's Committee, Inc Wharton State Park 31 Batsto Road, Hammonton, NJ.