Janice Lea Walker, loving wife and mother of two children, passed away Saturday, April 11, 2020, at the age of 80, surrounded by her loving family.
Janice was born on March 22, 1940, to Henry and Lelia (Boone) Bowness. She graduated from Fairfax R-III High School in 1958, and on October 1, 1960, she married Bill H. Walker of Fairfax at St. Oswald’s-in-the-Field Church. They raised two sons, Todd and Tim. Janice and Bill made Fairfax their home until early 2020 when they moved to Tiffany Heights Care Center in Mound City, Missouri.
Janice enjoyed being involved in her sons’ activities and her community. She never missed a ballgame in which her boys played. She served as a den mother while her boys were in scouting, was a founding member of the Fairfax Archery Club, and attended Fairfax Baptist Church. Janice received an accounting degree from Platte College in 1980. She was employed by Fairfax Community Hospital from 1980 until she retired in 1993. Janice was a licensed Emergency Medical Technician with the Atchison-Holt Ambulance District for several years. After she retired, Janice joined and worked tirelessly with the Fairfax Community Hospital Auxiliary.
Janice enjoyed traveling with Bill, especially through the mountains of Colorado. Her favorite trips were whenever Bill’s sister, JoAnn, could join them. She also loved spending time with her family. She was a devoted and loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
Janice was preceded in death by her father, Henry Bowness; mother, Lelia Bowness; and brother, Robert “Bob” Bowness. She is survived by her husband, Bill; brother, Roger Bowness and wife, Paula, Taylor, Missouri; sons, Todd and wife, Julie, Columbia, Missouri, and Tim and wife, Nina, Omaha, Nebraska; grandchildren, Taylor (Walker) Athon and husband, Tyler, Columbia, Jacob Walker, Columbia, Bryce Walker, Omaha, Brett Walker, Omaha; great-grandchildren, Emery and Elise Walker; and numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.
Private graveside services were held Saturday, April 18, 2020, at Walkup Grove Cemetery. The family is planning a memorial for friends and family later this year. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Janice’s name to the Community Hospital Auxiliary, Fairfax.
Arrangements were under the direction of Schooler Funeral Home, Fairfax.