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Janice Ann (Addleman) Edwards


1943 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Janice Ann (Addleman) Edwards Obituary
Janice Ann Addleman Edwards was born August 12, 1943 in Adrian, Michigan to B. Dale and Lucene Betz Addleman.
The family moved to the dairy farm in North Adams in l946.  Janice graduated from North Adams-Jerome public school in l961.  She played  a vital role in the weekly Bible club at school and enjoyed playing her cornet in the band.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church of North Adams, where she came to know the Lord and committed to serving Him, and became involved in youth ministry during her school years
Jan met Jon at Cedarville University. They graduated together in the Class of '65. They married August 13, 1966, at the First Baptist Church of North Adams. Two weeks later they drove to Dallas, Texas, where Jon began his studies at Dallas Theological Seminary to begin preparation for ministry. After graduation in 1970, they served churches in Muskegon, Michigan; Fort Collins, Colorado; Colorado Springs; and Venice, Florida. In 1996, they joined a Christian mission, Camino Global, then known as CAM International.
Jan was a gifted teacher of children. She earned a degree in Christian Education at Cedarville, and a degree in Early Childhood Education at El Paso Community College in Colorado Springs. She was the founder and director of the Pre-School at Colorado Springs Christian School. She also taught at Venice Christian School in Venice, Florida, and kindergarten at the Christian Academy of Guatemala in San Cristobal, Guatemala.
Jan loved children and children loved her. She had a gift for keeping the children's interest and attention without raising her voice. Her purpose was to help her students learn to love Jesus, love one another, and love to learn.
In 2002, Jan and Jon moved to the home office in Dallas, Texas, to begin the ministry of Member Care for the missionaries of Camino Global. They worked as a team. Jan was very intuitive and had the ability to quickly discern what was going on with people in life and in their marriage. For the last four years they have lived near Nashville, Indiana.
Jon and Jan have three daughters, Ann, Mary and Heather, and six grandchildren, Isaiah, Luke, Caed, Marci, Josiah and McKenna. She loved them all dearly, spent as much time as possible with them, and helped with home-schooling when she was able.
Jan suffered more than she let on. In May 2017, it was learned that she had heart disease, and three days after open-heart surgery her heart failed, and she passed into the presence of Jesus on Mothers Day, May 14, 2017, at the age of 73.
She is survived by her husband, Jonathan B. Edwards and by her daughters Ann Edwards, Mary Besosa (Robb) and Heather Sinard (Michael), and by her six grandchildren.
She is survived by her siblings, Larry (Linda) Addleman, Sharon (Chuck) Randall, Jane (John) Wyllys, Nancy (David) McCarrell, John Addleman & Lynette Clay-Beverly, and numerous nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents and her brother Keith Addleman. 
A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at the First Baptist Church of North Adams at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 3.
Memorial gifts may be sent to New Hope for Guatemala, a Christian School ministry for very poor children in Guatemala:
Tax-deductible donations by mail (make checks to "New Hope for Guatemala"): NEW HOPE FOR GUATEMALA FNBNA PO Box 367 Berryville AR 72616-0367
Tax-deductible ONLINE DONATIONS: www.newhopeforguatemala.com ("donate" icon)
Published in The Hillsdale Daily News on May 31, 2017
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