Janice Hatherly was born at her parents' country home in Bastrop County, Texas on August 29, 1921, and departed this life at her daughter's home in Medford, Oregon on December 31, 2012, at the age of 91. She succumbed to complications from a stroke suffered on the eleventh of December. Janice is survived by her husband of 70 years, John W. Young; and their daughters, Carol Blair, of San Ramon, Calif., and Dana Lazzareschi, of Medford, with whom they have lived since 2007.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 5, 2013, at the West Main Church of Christ, 1701 W. Main St., Medford at 10:00 a.m. The burial will be on Monday at the Eagle Point National Cemetery.
Janice was the youngest daughter of Edwin F. Hatherly and Eva Belle Boggan and the sister of Annie Mae Beck and Ella Belle (Joni) Upchurch, all of whom preceded her to the Pearly Gates. She is also survived by her niece, Mrs. Billye Reed, of Round Rock, Texas; and her nephew, Ed Upchurch, of Pasadena, Calif.
Janice was valedictorian and homecoming queen of Elgin High School. Upon her graduation in 1938, she moved with her mother from the family farm to the city of Austin, entering the University of Texas the following Fall. Janice never ceased to be an enthusiastic supporter of football and other sports teams of her alma mater and never fully understood why UT games were not always available here in Oregon. Janice was a member of the Alpha Xi Delta Sorority at the university while majoring in home economics.
Through her affiliation with the Church of Christ in Austin, Janice met and fell in love with another University of Texas student named John Young, a senior. The winds of war at the time separated them briefly as John enlisted in the Army Air Corps after his graduation, but in March 1942 Janice agreed to John's proposal of marriage.
She withdrew from the university and with the blessing of their parents, boarded a train to join him in Savannah, Georgia. The newlyweds had six weeks together before he was transferred overseas. Janice returned to Austin to wait 17 months for his return. In the interim, she faithfully supported him with letters of encouragement and love.
At the end of the war, Janice continued to support John as they began a new life in Pittsburgh, Penn. while John pursued his M.F.A. in drama at Carnegie Melon University. Left to her own desires, Janice would most likely have lived in one home her entire life, but as it turned out she married a man with a certain element of wanderlust.
After a short stint as the "drama professor's wife", Janice became the "minister's wife" as John felt the calling of God to use his talents to touch people not merely in an emotional way, but in a spiritual way. For Janice, this meant never quite having that "home of her own" but doing the best she could with every "parsonage" they were given. She took pride in keeping a neat and tidy home with a place for everything and everything "in it's place." She ran the household efficiently so that John was free to serve his congregations' needs.
They were blessed with two daughters, Janice Carolyn and Dana Gail. Janice was grandmother to Joanna Smith, of Houston, Texas, and Matthew Blair, of Birmingham, England. She had three great-grandchildren, Abilene and Noa Smith (ages 5 and 3), and Finley Blair (age 4).
John and Janice served in ministry in Churches of Christ from Tennessee to California and were beloved by many through their years. When John "retired" from full time pastoral work and embarked on a mission to bring the words of Bible characters to life through drama, Janice became his traveling companion, wardrobe assistant and schedule planner. Together they took the message of the Gospel to churches, campgrounds, schools and prisons. Janice often said those were the best times of their lives.
When John's health began to decline in his 80s due to the onset of Parkinson's disease, Janice was his sole caregiver until their daughters insisted that they move closer to immediate family. After much protest by Janice, she was persuaded to leave her beloved Texas soil in order to have the help with John's care that was much needed. Even with assistance from others, Janice insisted on doing as much of John's care as she was able. She sat by his bedside long after he was able to respond in kind. We know John loves her still and misses her, although he can no longer express his feelings to those around him. We know he looks forward to that day when they can be together with each other and with the Lord.
Janice, you have worked and served your family dutifully for as long as you possibly could. You deserve a long awaited rest in the arms of God.