Janice R. Sanders, age 72, of Pencil Bluff, formerly of Royal, passed away on Thursday, October 3, 2019.
She was born on February 23, 1947 in San Fernando, California, the daughter of Clarence Thompson and Flossie Brown Thompson. On December 15, 1978, she was married to Jim Sanders. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Jimmy Thompson and Bobby Thompson; and three sisters, Billie Jo Wright, Dolores Hutto and Carolyn Gatlin.
Janice had been a member of the Pearcy Baptist Church for over 30 years where she was very active in the Operation Christmas Child program. After moving to Pencil Bluff, she moved her membership to Black Springs Baptist Church. She enjoyed arts and crafts, drawing pictures and wood burning. She also enjoyed driving around and seeing the sights, and, in earlier years, deer hunting. She loved children and worked as a substitute teacher at several of the local schools. Janice was known to always be there to meet another’s needs.
She is survived by her husband, Jim Sanders of Pencil Bluff; her son and daughter-in-law, Morry and Christy Sanders of Black Springs; her daughter and son-in-law, Rhonda and James Ryals of Hot Springs; two sisters, Betty Ashley of Hot Springs and Patsy Morris of Houston, Texas; her grandchildren, Hunter Sanders, Miah Millan, Taylor Wallace and Bailey Ryals; and many nieces and nephews.
A friends and family gathering to celebrate Janice's life will be held Sunday, 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM, at Davis-Smith Funeral Home, Glenwood, while a private interment of her urn will be held by the family at a later date.
Cremation arrangements were under the direction of Davis-Smith Funeral Home and Crematory, Glenwood.