Janice Knight

Janice Knight

“Be still and know that He is God” became a meaningful phrase this past year for Janice Knight and her family as she bravely battled cancer. She went to be with her Savior on November 1, 2013, surrounded by her husband, Steven Knight, her aunt Joy (Stansbury) Martin, and a close friend and caregiver, Melody Finn-Kinswa.

Born January 31, 1953, Janice grew up in Marion County, Oregon, and graduated from North Marion High School in 1971. Janice and Steve met in Woodburn, Oregon, and were married March 24, 1980, in Ontario, Oregon. They were members of the Hermiston Church of the Nazarene, where they were active in a Care Group ministry in their home.

Janice worked for a number of years in retail sales, but found her true calling in life caring for children. In Salem, Oregon, she worked in several daycare facilities, including the Barbara Roberts Teen-Parent School and Rivera Baptist Daycare. In Hermiston, she quickly became a supervisor and lead teacher at the Good Shepherd Hospital Daycare. And for the last seven years, she operated an in-home certified daycare where she lovingly cared for little ones as if they were her own children. It is impossible to count how many children’s lives she has influenced. It is clear that each life was touched in a positive way.

Janice dearly loved her family and was quick to host gatherings — anything that would bring people together in celebration of each other. She enjoyed bowling and playing card games. She loved to decorate her home and was a favorite to bring along on shopping trips. This past year, her favorite devotional book became “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young. She will be remembered fondly by many and for various reasons. Most of all, she will be deeply missed.

Janice is survived by her husband, Steven Knight; her daughter and son-in-law Heather and Teddy Tobar; her son, Alex Knight; her mother, Vernice Brower; her sister, Diane Fitzgerald; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her father, Lavone Powers; her father-in-law, Willis Knight; her grandparents; her uncle, Al Douglas; her cousin, Randy Douglas; and her nephew, Joshua Knight.

The family invites you to attend a memorial service celebrating her life on Sunday, November 17, at 2:00 p.m. at the Hermiston Church of the Nazarene, 1520 West Orchard Ave., Hermiston.

Please sign the condolence book at burnsmortuaryhermiston.com

Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in care of arrangements.

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