Janet Hudnall Wright, 61, of Chesapeake, Virginia, passed away on May 20, 2023. Born in Richmond, Virginia, she graduated from Lancaster High School. Jan attended Virginia Tech and graduated from J. Sergeant Reynolds with her nursing degree. An employee of the Sentara Hospital system from 1990 to 2020, Janet spent 30 years as an Emergency Room nurse. She is preceded in death by her father, Bud Hudnall and her mother-in-law, Mildred Wright. Janet is survived by her mother, Gayle Hudnall; her husband, John Wright; children Kelsey Parker, Gabi Wright, Courtney Monica, Justin Wright; grandchildren Isabella, Harper, Hunter, Lyla, Cora, Kodie, and Peter; siblings Joe Hudnall (Lisa) and sister, Jill Trail (Tim). Janet was a strong, independent, loving and compassionate soul.
She touched so many lives in her personal and professional life. She cherished her family, God, her faith, her pets, time camping, the beach, horse-back riding and spending time with loved ones. She was affectionately nicknamed “Honey” by her nieces, son and grandchildren. Her sassy, vibrant sense of humor kept everyone on their toes. Surrounded by family and friends she passed peacefully, a nurse to the end, saving lives by being an organ donor.
A wake service will be held Thursday, May 25, 2023, at 6:30 p.m., at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 929 S. Battlefield Boulevard, Chesapeake, VA. A Catholic Mass will be held Friday, May 26, 2023, at 1:00 p.m., at the Catholic Church of St. Mark, 1505 Kempsville Road, Virginia Beach, VA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: The American Heart Association or The American Lung Association.
Janet wasn’t a fan of black at funerals…therefore, you are invited to wear as bright-colored clothing as you would like.
I met Janet on my first day as a new graduate PA at Leigh in 2002. For 18 years is saw her routinely, whenever I was scheduled at Leigh. No matter how busy, no matter how stressed, she always retained a magnificent sense of humor. She was a rockstar RN, always had my back and was my good friend. May her memory be a blessing to you all.
John and family, Heaven gained a very special angel on May 20, 2023. Janet was such a special, loving, compassionate person. She had that special gift of spreading joy no matter where she was or what she was doing. Everyone knew when she was in charge at SLH, things would be ok no matter what happend. She was loved by all and will be terribly missed. Loved you Janet. RIP. John remember all the special happy memories to get you through the grief. Prayers to all.
To Janet’s Family
I worked in the ER at Leigh with Janet. I always called her “Cuz” because she looked so much like we could be related. Of course we were not but she answered to the name anyway and always with a big smile. She was such a truly kind and compassionate person and she will definitely be so very missed. Thank you so much for sharing her with all of us.
John, Kelsey, Gabby, and family Janet was one of the most sincerely beautiful people I have ever known. She was just such a wonderful caring, compassionate friend. We love her and you guys. God bless. Dorothy, Charles, Bri and Nick Askew
Very deep prayers and condolences to the family. I worked with Janet at Sentara Leigh ER. She was a compassionate person and I learned a lot from her in critical care during my time there. She will never be forgotten.
God bless Janet’s entire family. May God bring the warmest of memories to mind as He heals your hearts. Janet brought life wherever she was. She always could make you smile and laugh. She was strong and determined and an exceptional nurse. My heart carries a special place in my heart for her. I’ll never forget her and the moments we shared.
I was a nurse and worked with Janet in Leigh’s ED way back . She was a fantastic Charge Nurse and a wonderful person. Prayers to the family.
My condolences to the Wright Family for the loss of Janet .I didn’t know Janet personally,but she sounds like she was a wonderful Wife,Mother,and Grandmother. My God bless your family in this time of grief.
To the Wright Family:
It was my pleasure to have worked with Mama J at SLH for 5 years. She was a sassy, vibrant, loving soul. Because of her infectious smile and laughter, you gravitated to her easily and could always ask work questions. My prayers and condolences go out to your family of who she talked about so much. From Hawaii with Love, Mahalo!
Dear John, Kelsey, Gabi, Courtney and Justin and the entire Hudnall and Wright family: We send our deepest heartfelt condolences to you during your time of bereavement. We cannot believe that she (Janet) is gone. We will keep you lifted in prayer and in our thoughts.