Janis Irene Friend
July 2, 1940  -  July 22, 2018

Janis Irene Friend

Celebration of Life
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
2454 Andrews Avenue
Ozark, AL  36360
Friday, July 27, 2018
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Dorcas Guild of Prince of Peace
2454 Andrews Avenue
Ozark, AL  36360

Janis Irene Felton Friend, age 78, of Ozark, Alabama passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 22, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. She was born on July 2, 1940 in Gary, Indiana to John Babbit Felton and Maltida Mary Martha Fiebelkorn Felton.

Janis was a 1958 graduate of Edison High School in Lake Station, Indiana. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Ball State University in 1962. Janis joined the Department of Defense in 1964, as an Army Civilian serving in various parts of the world; Indiana, Florida, Bermuda, Germany, Panama, Bosnia, Fort Huachuca, and Picatinny Arsenal before retiring at Ft. Rucker in 2003.

Janis was a member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church where was actively involved in the Dorcas Guild. As a faithful member, she organized the Christmas Bazaar, Relay for Life team and the church decorating committee. Janis was the Founding Queen Mother of the Ozark Chapter of the Red Hat Society. Janis truly lived life to the fullest through helping others; chatting with friends and family, traveling, and spending time with her grandsons.

She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by one daughter Renee (Rusty) Hatton of Slocomb, AL and three grandsons whom brought her great joy, Andrew Christopher, William Patrick, and John Cole. She also leaves one niece, Sindy Barr of Graham, MO, a host of cousins, dear friends and her loyal, fury companion, Dixie.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Friday, July 27, at 10 AM at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Ozark, AL with family receiving friends and visitors from 9:00-10:00AM at the church until the time of the funeral.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Prince of Peace -Dorcas Guild, 2454 Andrews Ave., Ozark, AL 36360

Arrangements entrusted to Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home, 508 Faust Ave., Ozark, AL 36360


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  1. Faye Brooks
    Ozark, AL

    I was so saddened to hear of Jan's passing. We worked together at Fort Rucker and to know her was to love her. She was kind and funny. She was extremely gifted and she decorated for my baby shower many years ago. I also saw her decirating skills displayed at weddings in Ozark. She will be missed!! Praying for her family, may God comfort you.

  2. Bob Fiebelkorn and Claire
    Three Lakes, Wisconsin, AL

    As our hearts ache for your loss and we remember you thru tears, we also remember you with laughter and smiles as we reminisce about the fun and joy you brought to our lives. You were a ray of sunshine in our family.

  3. Bob Fiebelkorn and Claire
    Three Lakes, Wisconsin, AL

    As our hearts ache for your loss and we remember you thru tears, we also remember you with laughter and smiles as we reminisce about the fun and joy you brought to our lives. You were a ray of sunshine in our family.

  4. Mashell and Eddie Chancey
    Ozark, AL

    Renee- We were heart broken to hear this terrible news! If you need anything just call! We loved your momma with all our heart. No words... Keeping yall in our prayers!! Love you!

  5. Ronald Lau(Ronnie)
    Pine City, NY

    There are no words to express how much joy and love you gave to anyone who was in need. Always there to see what you can do. Always there to give your opinion. I remember you telling me"I'm gonna tell you what I think weather you want to hear it or not. " The joys of the ocean. Eating oysters. Peeling shrimp. Always ready to go and have fun. I will miss you.
    And you know I'll always love you.

  6. Muriel
    slocomb, AL

    So sorry. Jan was a friend to me as well as a coworker. She was a sweet and kind lady. She will be truly missed. My condolences to her family. Praying

  7. Ken & Priscilla Dorenkott
    Jacksonville, FL

    Growing up close with the family brings me so many great memories that I'll never forget. Ms. Jan was a sweet sweet soul! May she rest in peace. My love to you Renee & the boys!

  8. Shannon Sligar
    Lawrenceville, GA

    We were very blessed to have your mom in our lives. We will miss her on our trips to Alabama. She was a wonderful person!

  9. Mary Patterson
    Indianapolis, IN

    So sorry to hear of the passing of long time friend and college roommate at Ball State. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  10. Lorraine Stafford
    Grand Junction, CO

    I am so sorry to hear of Jan’s passing. May God bless her soul and give peace and comfort to Rene and her family. Jan was such a wonderful lady who enjoyed life.

  11. Sandy mckeehan
    Ozark, AL

    I've known Jan from church. She was like a grandma to my children. She was a rock to our church and our family. She will be forever missed.

  12. Don & JoAnn McCaffrey
    Ozark, AL

    Jan was like the "big sister" I, JoAnn, never had (we were both born on July 2, teachers, from Indiana, and went to the same university). She was a pillar of strength and service for the Prince of Peace congregation and will be greatly missed. Prayers for Renee, Rusty, Drew, Will, and John Cole. May the Lord's Peace be with you all.

  13. Rita Miller
    Slocomb, AL

    Renee and family I am so sorry for your lost. Your in our thoughts and prayers in such a very difficult time.
    Rita Miller and family

  14. Cornelia Snyder
    Enterprise, AL

    I am so sorry! Jan was a wonderful person I've known for years. I just found out that God called her. May you rest in Peace dearest Jan

    Enterprise, AL

    Oh what a shock. Jan was such a wonderful woman. She will be missed. I am 9rry I will not be able to attend her life service as I am up in VIrginia at my sisters.

  16. Jan and Leh Lehmann
    Ariton, AL

    Jan was an inspiration to us all. We will miss her.

  17. Sharon Little
    Loxley, AL

    Renee and family i am sorry for your loss. Jan was such a beautiful soul.

  18. YVONNE
    Enterprise, AL

    So very sorry to hear this. Jan was my supervisor at the skills development center at Ft. Rucker many years ago. Such a sweet lady!

  19. Rev. Stewart & Donna Marshall
    Pine Bluff, AR

    Jan was a wonderful lady, a great Christian, had a heart of gold and will be greatly missed by all. Renee and Rusty and the boys you are in our prayers she loved you all so much.

  20. Nancy Maxwell
    Enterprise, AL

    Mother was a special lady and such a blessing to our family. Our prayers are with all of you as you begin this journey of grieving
    Max and Nancy

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