Janice Ozene (Johnson) Bales, daughter of the late James L. and Emma S. (Canada) Johnson, was born in Cold Springs, Missouri, September 16, 1926, and went to be with the Lord June 28, 2020. She passed from this life surrounded by family at her home in the Mount Ararat community in Douglas County, Missouri, at 93 years, nine months, and 12 days of age.
Janice married Harry C. Bales and together they raised their children, Rose Marie, Cecelia, and David, as a military family.
She was active in Eastern Star and served as Worthy Matron during that time. Janice was an excellent seamstress and after retiring from hairdressing business, she joined a quilt club, the YMCA, and continued being a homemaker.
She was a member of First Free Will Baptist Church in Mountain Grove, Missouri, and in her later years, attended Mount Ararat Missionary Baptist Church which was closer to her home. She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.
Besides her parents, Janice was preceded in death by her husband of over 75 years, Harry Bales; her brothers, D.C. and Otto; her sisters, Gwendola, Ava Ruth, Norma Lucille, Velma Emma, and Lillian Edwina; and one grandson, Darin Amos.
She is survived by her children, Rose Marie Cobb, H. Cecelia Driver, and David P. Bales; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; several nieces and nephews; and other relatives, neighbors, and friends.
Harry and Janice Bales were interred together at Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Springfield, Missouri, after a private family graveside service with full military honors by the United States Air Force on July 1, 2020.
Arrangements were under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mountain Grove.