Janice Givens, 92, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Thursday, April 12th, 2012, at Plum Creek Care Center in Lexington.
She was born February 5th, 1920, in Lexington, graduating from Lexington High School in 1937. She attended Nebraska Wesleyan University for two years, studying elementary education and music, taking her first teaching job at Litchfield, Nebraska, where she met her future husband, Paul.
She married Paul Givens on October 4th, 1942, in Lexington and then moved to Litchfield where they farmed with Paul's dad. This marriage was blessed with two daughters, Karen Jill and Robyn Sue. Upon the death of Janice's parents, they moved to Lexington in 1953 to farm her parents' property. They lived throughout their farming years in the same farmhouse where Janice grew up.
Janice was baptized and married in the First United Methodist Church in Lexington. She remained an active member of the church, singing in the adult choir, as well as leading the children's choir for several years. Being an accomplished soloist, she sang for many weddings and she was a 58-year-member of Chapter AN PEO.
Janice and Paul were great Husker fans, attending the games for many years. They enjoyed entertaining family and friends at their cabin at Johnson Lake.
She is survived by daughters, Jill (Brad) Williams of Johnson Lake, Nebraska and Robyn (Dave) Mowery of Sidney, Nebraska; grandchildren, Stuart (Kellie) Mowery of Sidney and Sarah (Gary) Rothenburg of Cape Coral, Florida; great-grandchildren, Mason and Zoe Mowery of Sidney, Van and Max Rothenburg of Cape Coral, Toni Mowery and great-great granddaughter, Carley of Alice, Texas.
Janice was preceded in death by her parents, Ollie and Mayme Farley; brother, Vaughn Farley and husband Paul.
A Funeral Celebration of Life Service will be held (today) Thursday, April 19th, 2012, at 10:30 a.m., at the First United Methodist Church in Lexington with the Rev. John Craig officiating with burial following at Greenwood Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to the Lexington Community Foundation or First United Methodist Church. Please forward online condolences to the family through: reynoldslovefuneralhome. com.
Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements.