Jan Day
1951 - 2019
Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service and Oakleaf Crematory
605 Commercial St SE
Salem, OR
Jan Day

Salem - Jan Caroll Day, beloved mother, wife, daughter, and friend to many, passed away peacefully at her Salem home November 26, 2019 after a two year battle with breast cancer. Her husband Michael and two children Brandon and Jennifer were at her side.

Jan Caroll Powelson was born September 19, 1951 in Cheyenne, Wyoming to Robert and Joyce Powelson. The family moved to Corvallis, OR when she was four years old. Jan graduated from Corvallis High School in 1969 then briefly attended OSU. She worked as a dental assistant and then as a clerical secretary for Toad Hall Hi Fi which is where she met her husband Michael. She later worked as an office assistant in the OSU admissions office, and then for 20 years as a Realtor in Salem where she became one of the most respected and successful agents in the city. For the past eight years Jan has enthusiastically volunteered for the Salem chapter of The Assistance League.

Although they attended the same high school, Jan did not know her future husband Michael until they met while working together at Toad Hall Hi Fi, a business owned by Michael's father. They dated for a number of years and married January 14, 1984. Jan and Michael have two children who both live in Salem.

In her spare time, Jan enjoyed-exercise walking, golf, reading, volunteering with The Assistance League, creating pottery, playing Bunko with friends, and meeting monthly with her book club. All who knew her would describe Jan as one of the most kind and gentle people they know. Jan will best be remembered for her infectious laugh, welcoming smile, and beautiful blue eyes.

Jan is survived by her husband Michael Day, her two children Brandon and Jennifer Day, her sister Jo Moniz and husband Andy Moniz, her mother Rhea Joyce Wilson (Fisher), her stepmother Mary Powelson and stepbrother Mark McCoy. Jan was predeceased by father Robert Powelson and brothers Steven and David Powelson.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Willamette Valley Hospice whose help and care were lovingly provided. A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 pm, Sunday December 8th at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.

Published by The Statesman Journal from Nov. 29 to Dec. 4, 2019.
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I am so sorry to hear of Jan's passing. What a sweet and wonderful woman she was.
Stephanie Ramseyer
December 10, 2019
Michael, Brandon and Jennifer. My heart is so sad to learn of Jan's passing. I didn't know this until tonight. What a wonderful woman she was. My prayers go out to each of you. I had thought she'd been doing well. It's a real shock. Bless you all.
Kathy Boles
December 8, 2019
What was not to like about Jan? She was pleasant, kind, and upbeat - always. She epitomized the kind of agent I strove to be and the kind of office with whom I wished to work.

It was difficult to know that such a fine and warm person was suffering with a life and death disease, and when I heard this past week that she had passed, it cast a pall over my heart. She was much more than an excellent broker - she was an exceptionally genuine and kind person.

My heart goes out to her family and close friends who must miss her sorely. Her love and joy for husband Michael was apparent to all.

Previous commitments don't allow Dell and I to pay our respects at her memorial Sunday, but she will be on my mind and in my heart. We send our sincere best wishes to her grieving family!
Rich and Dell Ford
December 8, 2019
We are so sorry to hear of Jan's passing. We met and shared great conversation last year at the neighborhood dinner. Out hearts go out to you and your family.

Marti & Ron DeLong
Green Valley, AZ
Marti DeLong
December 6, 2019
Mike and Family,
Your Green Valley neighbors are so sad for your loss, and we'll all miss seeing Jan and her lovely smile.
Linda Swanson
December 6, 2019
We are so sorry for your loss. The love you shared for the beautiful lady was so evident the night we laughed and shared memories with you at Ali's wedding. What a fun and loving lady. I will remember her that way. Love to you
Lance and Suzy Ramsey
Suzy Ramsey
December 3, 2019
Ruby Mckenzie
December 3, 2019
Janice Coria
December 1, 2019
So sorry for your loss. I remember when our girls were in campfires. She was a big help in all the outings we did. Praying for you to have a peace through this time.
Pam Jacky
December 1, 2019
Michael, Brandon, and Jennifer - what a beautiful wife and mother you all had in Jan. Her smile and laugh is something that stands out the most to me. Our deepest sympathy to you at this time.
Sending you love,
Suzanne and Tim Lewis
Suzanne Lewis
December 1, 2019
Michael, Brandon, and Jennifer - what a beautiful woman inside and out in Jan. What a blessing to have her as a wife and mother. Our deepest sympathy to all of you at this time and we send our love.
Suzanne and Tim Lewis
Suzanne Lewis
December 1, 2019
My deepest sympathy to you and your family. I have many wonderful memories of Jan from our Bluebird and Campfire days. May God grant you His peace and comfort as you grieve your tremendous loss.

Colleen Wirth-Wall
December 1, 2019
Dear Michael, we are so very sorry to learn of Jan's passing. Her bright presence always lighted up the room. Thinking of you and your family.
George Gray and Patrick Tacy
George Gray
November 30, 2019
Laurie Reid
November 29, 2019
We cannot believe our beautiful and kind Jan will not be returning to Green Valley, she will be so missed! She was a warm and loving presence that will not be forgotten. We are thankful for many wonderful memories of times spent together on the dance floor, at karaoke and around the dinner table sharing stories. Sincere condolences to Mike, Brandon and Jen.
Vern and Angela Fraser
November 29, 2019
I'm so sorry to read about Jan. When I think of her, I remember such a very, sweet and kind person. She was always so friendly and easy to talk to. I haven't seen her or you, Michael, for ages but I do have fond memories. Hugs to all you.
Dee Horn
November 29, 2019
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