Janice Christine Akin, 83, formerly of Donovan, passed away on Dec. 7, 2017, in Yuma, Ariz.
She was born Nov. 16, 1934, in Glasgow, Ky., the daughter of Archie and Hazel Taylor. She married Joe M. Akin on March 6, 1954, in Celina, Tenn. He passed away Jan. 10, 2002.
Janice is survived by her son, Darrin (Sandra) Akin, of Yuma, Ariz.; eight grandchildren, Adrian (Laurie) Baker, of Decatur, Ala.; Keith (Leigh) Baker, of Florence, Ala,; Theresa Baker Stier, of Decatur, Ala,; Susan Bland Piper, of Dallas, Texas; Jonathan (Ayla) Mealy, of Queen Creek, Ariz.; Andrew Mealy, of Gilbert, Ariz.; Joseph Mealy, of Chandler, Ariz.; and Garrett Akin, of Yuma, Ariz.; son-in-law, Larry Bland, of Neosho, Mo.; honorary granddaughter, Mandy (Justin) Wolfe, of Donovan; and 13 great-grandchildren, Sarah, Rett and Harlan Baker, of Decatur, Ala.; Ava, Bella, Shelby and Lydia Baker, of Florence, Ala.; Nathanael Stier, of Decatur, Ala.; Brandon and Grant Nivin, of Dallas, Texas; and Autumn, Ariel and Emery Mealy, of Queen Creek, Ariz.
Also surviving are four brothers, Larry Joe (Marie) Taylor and Jimmie Taylor, of Glasgow, Ky.; Wilson (Carolyn) Taylor, of Summer Shade, Ky.; Donald (Rebecca) Taylor, of Eighty Eight, Ky.; and sister-in-law, Brenda Taylor, of Eighty Eight, Ky.
In addition to her husband, Janice was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Patti M. Baker Bland; brother, Douglas E. Taylor; and infant sister, Gay Bernice Taylor.
Raised in Kentucky and later retiring there, Janice lived more than 50 years in Iroquois County. She worked in various factories, including Dormeyer, Viskase, Littelfuse, Intec and CST/Berger. Janice enjoyed sewing, flower arranging and gardening. She was a charter member of First Baptist Church, Kentland, Ind., and later was an active member of both the Donovan and Martinton Churches of Christ. For the last five years, Janice resided in a memory care facility near her son, living daily with dementia and Parkinson’s disease.
Visitation will be held from 4 p.m to 7 p.m. on Monday at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. An additional time of visitation will be from 10 a.m. on Tuesday until the 11 a.m. funeral services, also at the funeral home. Brother Larry Schuringa will officiate. Burial will follow in the Prairie Dell Cemetery, Iroquois.
Memorials may be made to Lincoln Christian University, 100 Campus View Drive, Lincoln, IL 62656.
Please sign her online guestbook at baierfuneralhome.com.