Janice Elaine Hallock, a devoted wife, a loving mom, grandma & great grandma, passed away peacefully in her home in Claremore, OK on August 23rd, 2020. She was 79.
Born November 21, 1940 in Springfield, MA to Donald and Audrey Bilodeau, she grew up in Agawam, Massachusetts with her five brothers and graduated from Agawam High School in 1958.
Jan met her husband, Andy, at Agawam High School. As a watchful hall monitor, Andy was impressed that Jan always obeyed the rules and walked through the “proper” one way doors—but he was even more impressed by her charm and beauty, or in his words…she was “quite the looker”! As fate would have it, on one of her many visits to the gas station where he worked, Andy finally got up the nerve to ask her out. The rest is history!
Jan and Andy married in 1961 at Agawam Congregational Church and honeymooned at Niagara Falls. When Andy was drafted into the Army, they moved to Fort Riley, KS and then to Fort Benning, GA. When Andy’s tour was over, they moved back to Massachusetts where they built a beautiful New England home and began filling it with love and children. Jan enjoyed raising three kids, and their big dog Tubby. She loved home decorating, canning food, sewing, candlepin bowling, upholstering furniture, and gardening in their big yard. She was a devoted mother who raised her young children in a home full of laughter and love and made memories to last a lifetime.
In 1979 the family (and dog) loaded up the Mercury and settled down in Claremore, OK so Andy could start a career in Tulsa’s booming aerospace industry. In this new chapter of their lives, Jan continued to raise her children while working and volunteering. Jan worked as an office manager, volunteered for a Domestic Abuse Shelter resale shop, and managed her own consignment and antique shops. She also worked at The Treasure House Doll Company, in Claremore where she used her artistic skills to paint porcelain dolls.
Jan had numerous interests and hobbies. She enjoyed her many collections—cows, strawberries, antique tins, dolls, and cheese graters, and many others. She grew strawberries, vegetables, and beautiful flowers (Irises were her favorite). She made quilts for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and she braided rugs! Jan took classes in tole painting and enjoyed folding magazines, embellishing them, and turning them into unique ornaments and holiday pieces. And boy could she cook! She was famous for her delicious deviled eggs, Valentine’s Day raisin cookies, devil dogs, and her infamous holiday marshmallow fudge and New England clam chowder! Jan and Andy enjoyed camping & traveling. They visited Hawaii on their 25th wedding anniversary and took their children and grandchildren on an Alaska cruise when they celebrated their 50th!
Jan was a member of The Order of Eastern Star, a 4-H leader for the Feeding Hills, MA “Busy Bees", a member of Claremore First United Methodist Church and was actively involved with the Claremore High School band parents where she helped run the football concession stand and traveled to the Gator Bowl as a band chaperone.
By far, her biggest pride & joy were her six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren! She loved attending their soccer and volleyball games, rowing regattas, band events, and high school and college graduations.
Jan is survived by her husband, Andy; her daughter Sharon and husband Brad of Bellingham, WA; her son Daniel of Owasso, OK; daughter in-law, Kathy Hallock, of Tulsa, OK, and son James and wife Sandra of Owasso, OK; her six grandchildren—Joshua, Kensey, Michael, Megan, Allison and Connor; two great-grandchildren—Abby and Andy; her brothers Loren and Gary; and numerous nephews, nieces, and friends.
Jan was predeceased by her parents, her brothers— Arthur, Philip, and Merwyn, and her half-brother Robert and half-sister Joyce.
A memorial service to celebrate Jan’s life will be held at a later date.
Contributions can be made to Melha Shriners, 270 Main Street, Suite HH, Agawam, MA 01001 in Jan’s honor.
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