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1933 Janice 2020

Janice Ann Beal

December 3, 1933 — December 20, 2020

Janice Ann Elizabeth Squire Beal Janice Ann Elizabeth Squire Beal was born in the beautiful resort town of Glenwood, Minnesota on December 3, 1933 at the Glenwood Hospital to Charles and Edna (Olson) Squire. She passed on December 20, 2020 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Twin Falls, Idaho three weeks after her forever love James Beal. Jim was diagnosed with congestive heart failure in the last year and Janice was the most amazing caregiver and nurse that Jim could have ever been blessed with. We believe our mom died of a broken heart! They slept comfortably in their recliners every night for their last months together. Janice worked with endless determination and hours making sure that she and Jim continued to live their life close together while Jim was ill. The routine never changed from the day they married at the Naval Base in Pensacola, Florida on October 23,1955. Janice and Jim just celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on October 23. 2020. The depression years in the thirties hit very hard and Janice spent a lot of her time, when not in school, cleaning and finding odd jobs around the neighborhood to help her family. Her pay was usually 25 cents per hour. There are many treasures around her home that she was lucky enough to purchase with a few of those nickels and dimes. Her many treasures she collected through the years were the things that made her love her life and home. Janice loved playing with her cousins Clarice and Kathy at one of their aunts family farms. The girls wanted to have a tea party and make tea. Janice accidentally poured gasoline in the old kerosine stove and it exploded. The flames covered Janice’s body with over 80 percent of her body covered in third degree burns. Her cousin Kathy threw her on the floor and wrapped her in a rug and rolled her until the flames were out. Janice spent the next year in the hospital recovering. Her aunts and cousins would bring her old yard sale teacups as gifts. We still use those teacups for very special tea parties with special friends. Janice was very lucky to survive and she carried those scars with her the rest of her life! Janice’s life revolved around her two children, Laurie and David, her grandchildren, including Ryan, (Rachel), Shawn, Patrick ((PJ), (Selma) Jesica, (Christopher), Zachary, (Taylor), and Chase. Great Grandchildren include Alexis, Isabella, Vincenzo, Giovanni, Kennedy, Parker, Hunter, Carter and Tucker and great grandchildren Kaden and Aria She was always available to listen and provide support during good and bad times. She was very devoted and supportive of her family. They were her world and she was their’s. Janice took great pride in her Norwegian heritage. She could always be counted on to prepare favorite Norwegian dishes for family gatherings. Our family times with Grandma, and Janice making holiday Norwegian delights and Lefsa will always be a highlight of our lives. She passed those strong Norwegian traditions to her children and much loved nieces. Janice’s very close cousin Glenice quotes “she was so easy to talk to and always so sympathetic to others troubles.” When Janice wasn’t working, baking or taking care of her family and friends, she could be found doing needlework. Her love for all things could be made with a needle and thread and can be found on Christmas trees, prom dresses, cheerleading outfits, school clothes, hemmed wedding dress’ mended blankets, patches on old jeans and even a favorite stuffed animal. No matter how much her hands would ache, if an ornament needed to be made or a beloved animal mended, she was on speed dial and would be there with her sewing kit to make everything all better! Janice’s many hand work items were special items and gifts for her special friends and her families homes. They included wall hangings, pillows, and beautiful, seasonal artwork. Janice meticulously cared for their home and children. Baking was a daily activity and many of her home made meals were eaten in the Osco Drug Pharmacy while Jim worked many long days without seeing his family. Memories of those family meals sitting on boxes in the Pharmacy will always be wonderful times spent together. I remember how my mom would fill the kitchen with the smell of fresh baked items without knowing that she was really filling our hearts with the warmth of her love! When Laurie and David went off to college Janice went back to work at the College of Southern Idaho. She loved her position as a very highly motivated and respected Executive Assistant to the Academic Dean and then the Assistant to the President. Janice worked at the college from 1975 to 1995. She also enjoyed being an advisor to the CSI Cheerleading team for a couple of years! CSI was her second home and she met many very special friends. Janice loved traveling in their beautiful travel motorhome. She called it her play house. She and Jim had many happy days and met many wonderful friends traveling and spending time taking the play house to Welton, Arizona during the Idaho winters. Janice was involved in the Order of Eastern Star and served as Worthy Matron. Janice belonged to the sisterhood of PEO, Chapter BP. The friendships she developed are lifetime true sisters! When Laurie was Honored Queen of Jobs Daughters Bethel 43, Janice and Jim served as Guardians. The events Janice planned were always times that no one forgot and everyone was always proud to be involved, The friendships from her community organizations were invaluable. Jim and Janice’s service will be held at Parke’s Magic Valley Funeral Home on January 20, at 2:00 PM in Twin Falls. Interment will follow with a Military Service for both James and Janice at the Idaho State Veteran’s Cemetery on January 21 at 11:00 AM. Our very dear friend Mike Parke will be officiating. Mike, you have been a dear friend through this very difficult time. Thank you! All Services and arrangements are under the direction of Parke's Magic Valley Funeral Home of Twin Falls, Idaho. Those wishing to share memories and condolences may do so on Jan's memorial webpage at www.magicvalleyfuneralhome.com.
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