A beautiful spirit and kind soul, Janice Lucille Piper, was welcomed home to the Lord on March 6, 2014. A celebration of her life will be held on her birthday, April 14, at 11 a.m., at Faith United Methodist Church in Sterling.
She will be greatly missed by her husband, Jim; her daughters, Michelle Hayes (Bob), Kimmerly Piper-Aiken; son, Jay (Pam); and nephews, Lynn (Edna), Dale (Dena), and Gary (Wendy) Dunning. She is remembered as being a selfless, tireless mom who encouraged those around her to excel in everything from education and music, to drama and sports.
Born in Vroman on April 14, 1936, she was raised in Rocky Ford and graduated from Rocky Ford High School in 1954. During high school, she met her soul mate, "Jeep," and they were married on Feb. 6, 1955. They lived in Boulder, Fort Collins and Anton, before moving to Sterling in 1968.
She was Registrar of Northeastern Junior College before retiring. She enjoyed caring for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, along with her mother, Cleo Gettel. Travelling to Australia, Hawaii, Canada and across the U.S. with Jim gave her great joy. She taught Sunday school at Faith United Methodist Church. She was an amazing seamstress and loved creating and designing gorgeous computer-generated cards and program books. Janice was a gracious hostess and enjoyed entertaining in their home. Holidays were always very special occasions for her family.
"Jan" was a member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority and served in many leadership roles. In later years, Janice was an active member in the Red Hat Society and Readers Club.
Her legacy of love will be passed on to her grandchildren, Cory Leicester, Penney (Zach) Stephen, Kaley (Jason) Zeisel, Brandon Aiken, Lucas and Emily Piper; along with great-grandchildren, Alaina Aiken O'Connell, Jacey, Jayla, and Joslyn Zeisel, Emma and Henry Stephen.
Janice is survived by her brother, Oliver (Belinda - deceased) Gettel; and was preceded in death by her sisters, Jeannie (Eddie) Dunning and Verlea (Delbert) Bainum; and her brother, Ronnie (Marilyn) Gettel.
Memorials can be made to Faith United Methodist Church, 230 Williams Place, Sterling, CO 80751.
Chaney-Reager Funeral Home handled the arrangements.