Janice Elizabeth Crane
Janice Elizabeth McKelvey Goodwin Pike Crane was born January 30, 1938 in Springfield, Mo., to George A. McKelvey and Phoebe Louise McKelvey (Meister).
She was preceded in death by her parents and her first husband, James Adrian Goodwin, before her passing August 11, 2014.
She is survived by her sister, Roberta Hoover Ranney, and her husband, Robert Ranney; her brother, James H. Hoover, and his wife Jo Hoover; three children: Ann Goodwin Keyes, Caleb Andrew Pike (Daneel Pike), and Jack Christopher Pike; and grandchildren: Jessie Rose Keyes, Caroline Louise Keyes, Chloe Elizabeth Keyes, Christina Marie Pike, Alena Renee Pike and Nathan Andrew Pike.
Before her life was slowly diminished by early-onset dementia, Janice influenced the lives of countless people through her careers including Reproductive Health Services; the (then) Springfield Children's Home; and Missouri Probation and Parole, the latter of which left Janice highly decorated as a top officer. Janice also counseled numerous children and adults via private practice and volunteered for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), among other endeavors. Throughout her career, Janice fought tirelessly to protect vulnerable and at-risk children, which were her lifelong passion. In addition, she spent several decades attending Al-Anon meetings in southwest Missouri. Janice often was involved in politics and could be found meeting folks door-to-door for whatever candidate or cause she deemed might most help people.
Despite the serious nature of her career choices and causes, Janice had a voracious appetite for a life full of friends and activities. She loved to travel, and exercise was of the utmost importance, having run the St. Louis Marathon at the age of 58. Everything Janice did, she did wholeheartedly whether for family, work or play.
Visitation will be held in Greenlawn Funeral Home South August 14 at 2:00 p.m. with services held at 3:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to CASA of Southwest Missouri or the cause of your choice.
Greenlawn Funeral Home South - Springfield
441 West Battlefield Springfield, MO 65807
Published in the News-Leader on Aug. 12, 2014