Janice Kay (Guess) Jones (1942 - 2017)

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  • "Jan was my very dear friend. She was a very loving and..."
    - Lori Humphrey
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Janice Kay (Guess) Jones passed away peacefully on Dec. 14, 2017, in Vancouver, Wash., after a long illness. At the end, Jan, age 75, was surrounded by her husband of more than 50 years, Douglas Jones, and her two daughters, Stephanie and Stacy Jones, both of Chicago, Ill.
Jan was born on Sept. 13, 1942, in Sunnyside, Wash., and grew up in Toppenish. After high school, she attended Washington State University and then worked at the University of Washington, where she met her husband. The two married on Aug. 20, 1967.
After living briefly in Seattle, Wash.; Miami and Gainesville, Fla.; and Ponca City, Okla., Jan and Doug lived in Anchorage, Alaska, for 36 years, during which Jan worked in different positions at the University of Alaska Anchorage from 1978 until her retirement in 2008. For many years, Jan's favorite part of her job was organizing UAA's annual College and Career Fair.
In 2014, Jan and Doug fulfilled a long-term plan to return to Washington, when they retired in Camus. Jan enjoyed corresponding with the friends she made everywhere she lived. Throughout her life she loved reading, dancing, movies, Alaskan art, American history and animals. In the latter years of her life she developed an interest in family history and spent time identifying and organizing old family photographs.
In addition to her husband and daughters, Jan is survived by her brother, Gerald Guess of Burbank; and niece, Heidi.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Merle and Noy Marie (Bristol) Guess of Yakima.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to your local Humane Society would be welcome.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from Dec. 20 to Dec. 21, 2017
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