Janice Ilene Wyatt was born in Washington, DC at Freedmen’s Hospital on March 2, 1944, as the second child of three, to the late James Frances Wyatt, Sr. and Elizabeth Wyatt (Washington). Janice departed this life on July 22, 2022 at MedStar Washington Hospital Center after a short battle with lung cancer. She leaves behind one sister, Elizabeth Ann Wyatt. She loved and adored her BIG SISTER, who always protected and supported her. Most of all, it was their love towards one another and the pride they held in calling each other sister. Her cherished younger brother, James “Jimmy” F. Wyatt, Jr., proceeded her in death on October 9, 2018.\n\nGrowing up in the District of Columbia Petworth neighborhood, she attended DC Public Schools, and graduated from the Anna Burdick Vocational High School in 1961. This is where Janice discovered many of her artistic talents, including a love for cosmetology and sewing. Beyond the classroom, she would become a respected cook following in the steps of her mother and grandmother, Addie Washington. For over two decades, Janice was employed by the United States Postal Service until she suffered a back injury. Later she would serve as a seamstress, cook, cashier, and caretaker for her mother.\n\nJanice gave birth to two beautiful daughters, Traci and Brandi, whom she was very proud of and loved with all her heart, soul, and everything she had. They were the center of her world. She nurtured and reared them in River Terrace located in Northeast DC. Brandi would later bless her with three amazing grandchildren, Jordan (Pudge), Victoria (Dot), and Tevick (TJ, on the way). Janice’s love for her grannies surpassed all human rationale, they became her everything and reasons to live and face tomorrow. Before she gave birth to her daughters, there were two other girls who captured her heart, Angela Wyatt (niece) and Nicole Best (goddaughter). Brandi’s union also blessed her with an amazing son-in-love, Tevick, whom she deeply loved and respected. Janice loved all her babies! River Terrace can’t be mentioned without acknowledging the lifelong love and friendship of her extended family and daughter’s paternal lineage, the Gaskins.\n\nJanice was reared as a devoted Catholic and attended St. Gabriel Catholic Church, but many years later would join Transformation Fellowship Church under the pastoral leadership of Reverend Marc Gaskins. She energetically attended church every Sunday, where she sat on the back row helping the pastor preach, being an honorary member of the choir (musically challenged), cutting up, and praising God joyously. Janice prayed often and would share the Pastor’s Sunday messages (Madea style) with her friends at the Gettysburg Senior Building in DC. The last thirteen years of her life, she lived in the Gettysburg, where she met new friends, officiated Bingo, helped with the SHARE Program and aided seniors in doing their paperwork for support programs and recertification.\n\nJanice’s love of life was evident in all she did throughout her 78 years. Over the years, Janice was affectionately known by many epithets: “Mommy,” “Nanny,” “Nano,” “Butch,” “Puff,” “Jan Jan,” “Crazy J,” “Yan Yan,” and “Evangelist Wyatt.” Spending time with her children and family was her top priority, then partying at cabarets, cooking, caring for others, playing cards, gambling at casinos, doing hair, sewing, interior designing, calling and playing both BINGO and Pokeno, working puzzles, telling hilarious stories, looking off her balcony, joking and talking smack. Her all-time favorites were watching all sports on television along with murder mysteries and detective shows. Janice was an avid Washington Team fan, whether winning or losing, and loved herself some Tiger “Woo” (Woods) on the golf course. Equally praised, were Venus and Serena Williams in tennis tournaments and Steph Curry on the court. There were things paramount to her, such as, being on time, being respectful, protecting children (especially her own), helping those in need, not kicking a person when they’re down, being frank, cussing you out if warranted (except her children and grannies), not going to bed angry with those you love, greeting the day thankful and happy, and making the best of life even when it’s not favorable. Teaching was in her and she shared all she knew with those who had a desire to learn.\n\nAt the end of her earthly journey, Janice earned and wore a crown of dignity, strength, wisdom, and love. Her powerful presence of love and strength will truly be missed. Her children and grandchildren rise to call her blessed!\n\nLeft to cherish her memory and legacy are her two beloved daughters, Traci Deneen Wyatt and Brandi Janise Skinner; son-in-love, Tevick L. Skinner; grandchildren, Jordan, Victoria, and Tevick; sister, Elizabeth Ann Wyatt; niece, Angela Wyatt; nephews, James F. Wyatt, III (Paula), Anthony M. Wyatt (Tunna), Trevin Muse (Nanyamka); goddaughter, Nicole Best; two uncles, Harry (Mary) and George (Mary); aunt, Grace; Personal Care Assistant, Crystal; a host of great-nieces and nephews, cousins, friends, and the entire Wyatt, Washington, and Gaskins families.