Janelle D’Ann Strait

Janelle D’Ann Strait


Janelle D’Ann Strait, 61 years old, of Edmond, Oklahoma, passed away on Sunday, March 19, 2023, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma while surrounded by her family. Janelle was born on May 30, 1961, in Edmond, Oklahoma to Gary Dale Seaton and Reta Beth Seaton.

Janelle was a member of Fairview Baptist Church in Edmond, and she lived to take care of her children and her mom.

She was survived by her husband Matthew Wayne Strait of Edmond, Oklahoma, children; Mary Beth Strait, Matthew Wayne Strait, JR and wife, Hope, Mark David Strait, Marci D’Ann Strait, brothers; Lloyd Dale Seaton and wife, Charity, Roger Wayne Seaton and wife, Karen, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Janelle grew up in Oklahoma City until 1970, when the family moved to Edmond.  She graduated from Edmond High School in 1979. She graduated from SNU in 1985. While in college she was a member of the gospel team and help direct singing. She also played piano at a church in the Midwest City – Del City area. In 1986 she taught school at SNU School for Children.  In 1991, she felt like God wanted her to go back to Waterloo Nazarene Church where she went to church when she was growing up. She met Matt Strait there and they became engaged in November 1991 and got married on May 23, 1992.  Matt and Janelle started attending Crown Heights Nazarene Church with Matt becoming the music director and youth director. Mary Beth was born in 1994, Matthew Jr in 1996, Mark David in 1999 and Marci in 2003. In 2003, they left Crown Heights and helped up at the Nazarene church in Guthrie. In 2004, they began to attend Waterloo Nazarene Church. Janelle loved her children and became very involved at their schools as they grew. In 2012 they felt like God wanted them to start attending Fairview Baptist Church.

Janelle loved music and would sing in the choir, sing specials with or without Matt at church and helped direct the small choir at Crown Heights Nazarene. She would play piano at whatever church she attended if they needed the help. She also loved working with the children wherever she went to church.

Memorial contributions to be made to the charity of donor’s choice

Visitation will be held from 1-8 p.m., Thursday, March 23, 2023 at Matthews Funeral Home. Services will be held at 11:30 a.m., Friday, March 24, 2023 at Fairview Baptist Church in Edmond, OK.

9 thoughts on “Janelle D’Ann Strait”

  1. Just visited with Janelle a few weeks ago at Walmart, very sorry for your loss. Joyce

  2. Deborah Bingham

    Janelle was an inspiration to all who knew her. Even through this last year of so much difficulty, every time I visited with her she was always positive and appreciative for the smallest of kindness. She will be sorely missed by all who called her “friend.”

  3. Angela king

    I had enjoyed being her family’s server at Goldies Patio and Grill ,a nice Family to know, my thoughts and prayers 🙏 go out to the family..God Bless

  4. Barbara Weaver

    Janelle was such a blessing. I shall always remember all the fun times we had, times she helped me through some difficult times and her spiritual guidance and influence in my life. She is now rejoicing in the presence of her Lord and Savior. Praying for peace and comfort for her family and all who loved her.

  5. Lori Grafford

    There isn’t enough room on here to say how much love I have for Janelle or how much she’s meant to me. We’ve been hanging out since we were 10 years old when her family started coming to our church. The memories are endless and I thank God for them!

  6. Jennifer Trent

    Janelle holds such a special place in my heart as Brayden’s “second mom”. She always loved and accepted him as one of her own. Words cannot express how much that means to me. She is a true light that will continue shining in the lives of her kids. Praying God wraps you in his comfort and peace.

  7. Delana and Mike Jordan

    We spent many Sundays looking forward to sitting in church with Janelle and her family. She always had a kind word, a warm smile, and such a positive outlook. She was definitely a bright light in our church. We are so thankful that she was a prayer and support person for us as we went through EE class. We will miss her so much. We pray that her family will find comfort in knowing that she walks with Jesus today.

  8. Ramona Dumler

    Oh the memories from back in the day at Waterloo Nazarene church – fun summers, vacation bible school, bell bottoms and fun friendships. She was so sweet and Lori I know you two were inseparable. My condolences to her husband and children I know she was a great mom. He parents and brothers. Heaven got an angle Sunday . Big hugs… . Ramona

  9. Snyder Valerie

    Janelle was such an important part of my adolescence when my family moved to Waterloo in 1977. She was so much fun to spend time with and a lovely and kind person. I remember so many enjoyable Sunday nights at Pizza Planet and cruising Broadway in Edmond. My deepest condolences to Reta, Matt, their children and the rest of her family. I’m sure Janelle and Gary are smiling at you from Heaven.

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