Janice Carol (Miller) Wallis died on Thursday, December 7, 2017. after a short illness.
Janice was born on August 22, 1943, to Everett E. and Leona Mae (Clark) Miller. She graduated high school in Brandon, Iowa, in 1961. Janice attended Minnesota Bible College for two years.
On October 10, 1964, Janice married Owen Wallis. To this union two children were born: Todd (Sherry), of Moberly, Mo., and Wendy Berliew, of Webb City, Mo.
Owen and Janice spent the early years of their marriage in Vinton, Iowa. They later farmed near Mount Auburn, Iowa, for 20 years. Janice also worked at Mt. Auburn Bank as a teller. Owen and Janice relocated to Joplin in 1997, and Janice started working as a receptionist at Ozark Christian College. She retired from OCC, after 20 years of service, in June.
Janice gave her life to Christ at an early age, and her faith was very important to her. Not only did she attend Bible college, but she encouraged her children to do the same. Janice was an active member of the LaPorte City Church of Christ, in LaPorte City, Iowa, and then College Heights Christian Church, in Joplin. Janice was a prayer warrior, and if you had the pleasure of staying in her home, you could witness Janice reading her Bible each night.
Being a wife, mother and grandmother brought much joy to Janice. Until she became sick, she would get on the floor to play with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed baking with them. Janice was a letter writer, and enjoyed keeping in touch with her friends and family, especially her grandson while he was deployed overseas. Every spring, Owen and Janice returned to Iowa to hunt for mushrooms and spend time with family and former neighbors.
Janice was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Roger Bourne.
She is survived by her husband of 53 years, her children, and six grandchildren: Tucker Cooper, of Port Hueneme, Calif.; Tori Cooper, of Joplin; Tacy Cooper and Ava Berliew, of Webb City; Hayley and Nathan Wallis, of Moberly, Mo. She is also survived by one brother, Darwin (Brenda) Miller, of Dandridge, Tenn.; brother-in-law, Willard (Karen) Wallis, of Joplin; and sisters-in-law, Joyce (Dick) Kenney, of Vinton, Iowa, and JoAnne Wallis, of New Haven, Conn.; and several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Janice's life will be held 1 p.m. Friday, December 15, at the Chapel at College Heights Christian Church, the family will receive friends after the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorials to College Heights Christian Church and Ozark Christian College, both in Joplin, or Central Christian College of the Bible, in Moberly.
Published on December 13, 2017