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Janice Ann Phares 1949-2020

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Janice A. Phares, 71, passed away on May 19, 2020, at home with her husband of 51years by her side.

Jan was born in March of 1949, to Robert and Mary Benson. She was the oldest of six children.

She met her one and only love, Richard Phares, while both were working at Kmart. Richard and Jan were married in August of 1968. They raised three sons, Todd, Troy (Laura) and Trent (Lonnie). Jan considered them her greatest accomplishment.

Jan worked as a Decatur realtor for many years. After an early retirement, she enjoyed crafting, spending time with many friends and most of all, spoiling her grandchildren. Jacob, Connor, Gavin, Gabe, Ava and Ella brought her much pride and joy. She planned many treasure hunts and camping trips, and she love baking special treats with them.

As a wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend, Jan was loved by many and will be dearly missed.

She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Benson, and her sister, Linda Groesch.

There will be a Celebration of Life held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, Jan requested donations to the American Diabetes Association for continued research of Type 2 Diabetes (www.diabetes.org or call 1-800-DIABETES).

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