Genevieve (Jan) Mawer slipped silently away in the embrace of her Lord in the second hour of the day, as in life which she loved so much; she entered her transistion in her own way.
A beloved wife, mother, sister, friend, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was being cared for at home by her daughter and a caring compassionate Paradise Hospice; living with the debilitating conditions of dementia.
Born to Irwin and Hazel Davies on April 30, 1923 in Gold Hill OR. Shortly thereafter the family with a portable Saw Mill moved to Johnsville, CA later settling in Susanville, CA. This is where she met met her husband of 64 years, Oliver Mawer, who preceded her in death in 2007. She loved him from the first sight of him and he felt the same, so in December of 1942 in Chicago they married. Oliver was training to be a Navy Radio Man serving in WWII. Gen and her girlfriends followed the fleet and their men until they all shipped overseas. The women found jobs where they could and it was the start of her art career, painting clock faces with flourescent paint
In 1951 they moved to Paradise, CA where they bought a chicken ranch. Family was very important to Jan. Another love and passion of hers was art. She had amazing natural talent in numerous mediums and trained at Lassen High School, Lassen College, Butte College and became well accomplished in sculpting ceramics, china, oil, acrylic, water color, and silk painting. Painting mostly realistic, her work could match the old masters work. Jan was best known for her Wild Wings, her ceramic bells of various bird species adorned with flowers and tree branches. Oliver and Jan made yearly journeys to Trinidad, CA area to gather driftwood for hanging the bells. Jan also belonged to many organizations to many to list by name. She was very active in her community activities. She also loved gardening, traveling, all holidays, and the ocean.
Jan is survived by three sons, Gary of Magalia, CA, Christopher of Chico, CA, and Timothy of Randalls Town MD, two daughters Nancy (Tim) Clark and Viki-Jo (Pete) Gonzales of LaHabra, CA; 12 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services will be private. Jan always had a smile and a twinkle in her eye. She was always up early with a willing and helping hand. She was dearly loved and will be missed by family and friends alike. Donations may be made to Paradise Hospice, Paradise Animal Shelter, or any Childrens Charities.
Published in Paradise Post from June 6 to July 5, 2013