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Janice Kay Doolittle was born on November 18, 1947 in Whitehall, Illinois to Wendall and Hazel (Brittingham) Rochester. The family eventually settled in Smyrna, Delaware where Janice grew up along with her siblings. She graduated from Smyrna High School in 1966. Janice welcomed into the world her first born son, Jeffrey. Shortly after his birth, she met the love of her life, Steven Doolittle and the two married on February 18, 1968. Together they had two more children, Michele and Mark.
Janice worked as a Certified Nurse's Aide for many years. Once she became a Mom-mom, she stayed home and took care of her grandchildren.
Janice loved her role as Mom-mom. She doted on her many grandchildren and her many great grandchildren. She also enjoyed playing cards with her children, going on trips to Delaware to see family, and watching the Hallmark and cooking channels. She loved to cook and bake, make crafts for her children, and sewing. Janice also loved hosting many summer barbecues for her family and friends, and relaxing with her beloved pet, Buddy.
Janice was a spirited woman. She attempted to take a bike ride down Nine Eagle's road with Michele, Jody, Teena, and grand kids when she realized she might end up in the lake because of the speed she was traveling down the hill. She wore the brakes out, and her eyes were great big when she saw the lake in front of her. This was a family joke for years, but she laughed along with us whenever the story was told at family functions. If you ask any of the grandchildren, they would each have a story to tell about their mom-mom. These stories are now cherished memories to pass on to the younger generation.
Janice's health took a turn for the worse and she was unable to do many of the things she loved, but she still continued to put on a brave face during her many hospital stays. Although unable to do the things she once enjoyed, Janice continued to bake many treats for her family at Christmas time when her health permitted. She continued to visit with her children and grandchildren on special occasions when she was able.
Through Jan and Steve's 50 years of marriage, they made Sundays their day. It was their day to get out and relish in their time alone eating breakfast and going to Walmart.
Janice is survived by her loving husband, Steven Doolittle, Kellerton, IA; her children Jeff (Jody) Doolittle Kellerton, IA, Michele (Rick) Jackson, Osage, MN, and Mark Doolittle; her grandchildren Stephanie (Justin) Weig Sioux City, IA, Jeffrey (Lacy) Doolittle Diagonal, IA, Emilianne Doolittle (George Thompson III) Dover, DE, Cody Doolittle Kellerton, IA, Kraig (Caitlyn) Doolittle Kellerton, IA, Dustin (Emma) Pritchett LeMars, IA, Breea Jackson Mt. Ayr, IA, Chase Doolittle Kellerton, IA, Richard Jackson III, Osage, MN; her many great grandchildren Hayden, Kendall, and Mateo Weig, Jaylynn and Jaxson Doolittle, Karson Johnson, Ayuri and George IV Thompson, Reegan Doolittle, Karter Doolittle, Kaden McQuillen, Alivia Parkhurst and Gabriel Obermeier. She is also survived by her sisters Gilbert, Linda, Susan, and Norma and many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents Wendall and Hazel Rochester; her younger sister Nancy Vodvarka; her great grandchild Aubri Thompson; her beloved pet Buddy; and her brother-in-law Noble Wooleyhand.
Services: 2:00 p.m. – Wednesday, Feb 14, 2018 at the Armstrong Funeral Home - Mount Ayr
Officiant: Pastor Bill Armstrong
Open Viewing: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Tues, Feb. 13
Family Present: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Tues, Feb 13 at the Armstrong Funeral Home
Burial: Elk Chapel Cemetery - Decatur, IA
Memorials: In her name to be decided later
I am praying for peace and healing for your family Jeff!
Rebecca Henson Feb 13 2018 12:00 AM
Uncle Steve, Jeff, Michelle and Mark. So sorry for your loss. Aunt Jan was a very strong lady. Her laugh was contagious and love for her family was well known. Thoughts and prayers for all of you. Just know that she is in no more pain. May she be playing cards in heaven with my dad. rest in peace Aunt Jan.
Penni Hewlett Feb 13 2018 12:00 AM
Mommom you've almost been gone two full days now, and it already feels like an eternity. The kids and I miss you more than words can express. You really were the best mommoms any kid could have, yard sticks and all. I'm sooooo blessed to have been able to call you mommom, and even more so that my children were able to call you mommom. Although I'm extremely sad that you're gone, I find peace knowing that you are not in anymore pain. I find peace knowing that you are healthy and whole on the other side. RIP MOMMOM and please please watch out for all your grandbabies. We love you so much!!
Steph Feb 12 2018 12:00 AM
I wish I could have one more talk with you to tell you I love you. You were the strongest person on this earth to me. You battled through the toughest situations ,Ihope I have a fraction of courage that you did in life. You can rest now with no more pain. Tell everyone in Heaven that we will meet again. RIP Mom I love and miss you. Always remember I'll watch over Dad
Jeff Doolittle Feb 12 2018 12:00 AM