Janice Kay Hastings went home to her Lord and Savior on March 12, 2009. Jan was born on Sept. 15, 1940, in Kingman, Kan. She was the youngest of eight children born to Alva Dutton and Laota Belle Winfrey.
After graduating from high school, Jan attended Emporia State University in Emporia, Kan., where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education. She then taught in several different school districts in Johnson County, Kan., and her favorite grade to teach was second grade.
In June of 1976, Jan moved to Hood River, Ore., with her family when her husband, Bob, accepted a position with United Telephone Company. She enjoyed her involvement with Beta Sigma Phi sorority — especially in adopting a family for Christmas each year. Jan also worked for the Hood River County Elections Board.
Other activities Jan enjoyed were gardening, sewing, cooking, crafts and going to garage sales with her friends. An avid sports fan, you could often find Jan rooting for her favorite teams, including the Portland Trail Blazers. She also spent time managing her husband’s home business.
Most important to Jan were her family and friends. Always there with a kind ear, a sense of humor, or a special little treat and hug for her grandsons, she will be deeply missed by her family and all who knew her.
Jan is survived by Bob, her husband of 47 years; her son, Bryan; daughter, Robyn; son-in-law, Randal; grandsons Evan and Alex; and her beloved cats, Oreo and Mabel.
She is also survived by her sister, Thelma, and brother-in-law, Bernard Morisse, of Richfield, Kan.; sisters Louise Herrera, of Denver, Colo., and Anita and her husband, Jim Evans, of El Dorado, Kan.; and brother Eugene Dutton and his wife, Virginia, of Kingman, Kan.
Jan is also survived by her brother- and sister-in-law, John and Marlys Patton, of Emporia, Kan., brother- and sister-in-law, Dave and Carol Honza, of Columbia, Md.; her mother-in-law, Viola Hastings, of Emporia, Kan.; and many nieces and nephews.
Jan is preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Wilbur, Lester and Charles Dutton.
A public viewing will take place at Anderson Tribute Center on Thursday, March 19, from 3-6 p.m. A family viewing will take place beginning at 8 a.m. on Friday, March 20, with a graveside service to follow at Idlewilde Cemetery at 11 a.m. A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. at Valley Christian Church with a reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Jan’s name to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in care of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Please visit www.andersonstributecenter.com to sign the family guest book.
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