Janice Ruth Williams, 86, of Atlantic, died Aug. 21, 2012, at the Cass County Memorial Hospital following a brief illness.
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Jan was born Dec. 15, 1925 to Rocetha and Maurice Clithero in York, Neb. She graduated from Atlantic High School in 1943.
She married her high school sweetheart, Bob Williams, on Aug. 24, 1947 at the home of her parents. As Bob pursued his career in education, they lived in Massena, Shipley, Red Oak, Clarinda and Villisca, returning to Atlantic in 1977. They celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary on Aug. 24, 2011.
Jan was very social and enjoyed volunteering in each community where they lived. Her volunteer activities included the Red Cross bloodmobile, Meals on Wheels, Cass County Hospital Auxiliary, Heritage House Guild, American Cancer Society and the Crisis Center for Women. In 1992, she was thrilled to receive the Volunteer of the Year award by Governor Terry Branstad in Cass County.
Preceding her in death are her parents, Maurice and Rocetha Clithero, brother, Thomas Clithero, sister, Nancy Mahoney, Aunt Ruth and Uncle Ed Keefe, and her Aunt Helen and Uncle Robert Clithero.
Jan is survived by her husband of 64 years, Bob; five children: Jon of Prague, Czechoslovakia; Bill (Evonne) of Omaha; Dan (Linda) of Omaha; Jane (Doug) DeVries of Des Moines; Joe of Los Angeles; her grandchildren: Beau Williams of Hawaii; Andrew (Melissa) Williams of Hampton, SC; Jason (Tina) Schafer of Atlanta, Ga.; Joseph Williams of Omaha; Brian Schafer of Des Moines; Ben (Michelle) Williams of Omaha; 2ndLt Tom Williams of Quantico, Va.; Aisha Kamala of Chico, Calif.; 2LT Sam Williams of Okinawa; Cpl Max Williams of Iwakuni, Japan; Jack Williams of Los Angeles; great-grandchildren: Elijah Williams, Colin Schafer and Reagan Williams; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Jan's funeral will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 25 at the First United Methodist Church, Atlantic, preceded by a noon luncheon at the church.
In lieu of flowers, Bob and his family would like their friends to contribute to their favorite charity or do a good deed for their fellow man or fellow woman.
Condolences may be left at www.hockenberryfamilycare.com.
Published in Atlantic News Telegraph on Aug. 22, 2012