Janice A. Phares, 71, passed away on May 19, 2020, at home with her husband of 51years by her side.\nJan was born in March of 1949, to Robert and Mary Benson. She was the oldest of six children.\nShe 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.\nJan 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.\nAs a wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend, Jan was loved by many and will be dearly missed.\nShe was preceded in death by her father, Robert Benson, and her sister, Linda Groesch.\nThere will be a Celebration of Life held at a later date.\nIn 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).\nThis information is given directly to the family.