Janice Jo (Fitch) Shockley, 80, of Billings, passed away Dec. 13, 2014, surrounded by her family.
Janice was born on Feb. 23, 1934, in Norfolk, Neb., to Glen Craig Fitch and Lulu (Olson) Fitch.
Janice attended school in Nebraska and Billings, and graduated from Cody High. Janice loved being a cheerleader at Cody High, and attending the games with her classmates. Janice worked for the Cody Phone Co. after she graduated.
Her brother Dick and shipmate Donald served together on the aircraft carrier USS Boxer during the war in Korea. After the armistice in 1953 and a few trips through Cody, Wyo., for reassignment, Dick introduced Donald to his sister Janice. After a few years of corresponding and dating, and after his discharge from active service in 1954, they married in the Methodist Church in Cody on Oct. 3, 1954. They moved to Dallas for a short time before moving to Billings.
Janice loved her children, Mark and Terri, and supported them with their school activities and their friends. Janice was active with her sorority club; she was a volunteer for cancer and heart drives; she was active with the YMCA and PTA. Janice loved to attend family reunions. She also loved using the computer on Facebook to keep in touch with friends and especially her grandchildren. Janice was always proud of her children.
Janice is survived by husband Donald; her children, Mark (Sheryl), Terri (Norman) Sills; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; her brothers, Jerry and Bob; and her sister, Joann. Janice was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Glen Jr. “Bud,” his wife Marian, Richard “Dick” and his wife; her sisters, Darlene (Lee) and Nancy.
Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, 1001 Alderson Ave. Interment will follow in Mountview Cemetery.