Janice Frances Vosper (nee Craig) died of complications from advanced appendoceal cancer on Monday January 23 2023 under the compassionate care of palliative nurses at NRGH. Her husband Gregory and children Dexter and Kristjanne were beside her wrapping her up in a circle of love right until the end.
Born in 1952 in Winnipeg Manitoba, Janice is pre-deceased by her brother Tommy, mother Frances Marolyn and father James A. Craig. She is survived by her siblings Kerry, Matthew, Lori, Kristjana, Dan, Jim, Susan and by her many nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed by her many friends.
Janice had a sharp eye and whip-smart sense of humour. She was kind and generous and full of fun. She loved holidays and was always looking forward to and making plans for the next celebration with her friends and family. She was a devoted daughter, a loving sister, and a passionate mom and early childhood educator who cultivated in her children, and in all of the children whose lives she touched, an enduring sense of imagination.
She loved music. She loved to dance. She loved being around people, going out to community events, talking, singing, reading, painting, gardening, and playing cards and games. She approached new community members with an open heart and a genuine desire to make a new friend. She was humble and diplomatic but unafraid to meet injustice with courage and integrity.
Janice volunteered her time to many organizations over the years. Whether candy-striping; canvassing for the Canadian Cancer Society; supporting grieving children through Rainbows Canada; galvanizing her neighbours against developers on south Davis Rd in the 1990s; volunteering with the Ladysmith Hospital Auxiliary and Royal Canadian Legion; organizing Sunday school, church picnics and Vacation Bible Schools through her long-time membership with Hope Lutheran Church in Nanaimo; playing glockenspiel in the Legion band; hosting international exchange students at home; organizing a beginner’s ukelele group with her friends mere months before she died; or attending many of the free outdoor concerts in Duncan, Chemainus and Ladysmith, she believed in the value of being an active participant and agent for change in the world.
She lived by her beliefs. Throughout her life, she was upbeat and smiling - the party girl. She brought joy to the hearts of everyone she met.
All are welcome to attend a memorial service at Hope Lutheran Church on Saturday Feb 11 at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations made to Canadian Lutheran World Relief.
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