Janice Ewan

October 7, 1946 - December 4, 2020
Thursday, December 10, 2020
Janice Ewan

Beloved wife, mother, and friend Janice Ewan, 74, of Livingston, passed peacefully from this world early in the morning of December 4, 2020 after a long fight with cancer.

She was born October 7, 1946 to Joseph and Adeline Huskelhus (Rustad) in Anaconda. Shortly after high school, she married John Jessen, with whom she had two children. They later divorced, and after a few years she married John Ewan, with whom she had one child. They settled in Livingston in 1972, where they stayed for the rest of her life.

Such a simple summary belies the richness of her life, which was abundant with the pleasures of family, home, friends, travel, and conversation around the kitchen table. She delighted in brightening the day of anyone fortunate enough to meet her at the various places she worked, including Meals on Wheels, Ricci’s Food Farm, Town and Country, and the Hallmark store. But her jobs were never her life. Her life was her family, holidays, vacations, garage sales and craft shows. Her life was her 6 beloved grandbabies and great-grandbaby. Her life was making lefse at Thanksgiving, sampling every bowl of clam chowder on the Oregon coast, and catching more fish than anyone else with just a worm on a bobber. Her life was coffee on the porch during a thunderstorm, falling asleep during the movie, and filling her house with elephants. Her life was the steadfast, quiet pursuit of the simple joys that never fade, but grow and spread to others.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Laverne, sisters Madeline and Lucille, and close friends Fran Pynn and Marme Joachim. She is survived by her husband, her daughter Jo Anne Boocher (Scott) and their children Vanessa and Austin along with Vanessa’s son Jack, her son Jerry Jessen and his sons Bo and Ben, her son John and his sons Cypress and Atom, and her Godchildren Eugene and Misty O’Neill. Dear to her also are her extended family of in-laws, her long-time friends Mike and Sally Ritthaler, Bill and Melissa Robinson, Linda Isaacs, brother-in-law George Biegel, Pat and Peggy Mikesell, and Andrea Gullickson.

A celebration of her life will be held this summer when gatherings are safe. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Katie’s House at saltcreekministries.org, or to St. Jude’s children’s hospital. Franzen-Davis Funeral Home and Crematory has been entrusted with arrangements. To share condolences with the family, visit www.franzen-davis.com.

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