Janice Jeanette McElroy was born March 17, 1957, in Jackson, Mississippi. She was the firstborn of six children to Nancy McElroy Bell. Her mother, Nancy; sister, Stacy; brother, Michael; grandmother, Mary; grandfather, Ben; aunt, Minnie; nephew, Jemel; uncle, Olee "East Mack" Boone; cousin, Torry; and cousin/sister, Kathy, all preceded her in death.
Janice early life was spent in Jackson Mississippi, surrounded by the love of her grandmother Mary and many family members. She attended G.N. Smith Elementary School, Rowan Middle School, and Murrah High School in Jackosn, Mississippi. She accepted Christ at an early age. Janice attending Solomon Temple Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. A. W. Bell in Jackson, Mississippi. In 1965, her mother Nancy migrated with her family to Chicago, Illinois residing in the Englewood neighborhood, Janice later joined the family in Chicago where she attended Parker High School in 1974, Nancy and the family made acquaintances and friendships with many people. The McElroy/Bell family became well known in the neighborhood and Janice was loved by many.
Janice worked various jobs in her life but was last employed as a Home Healthcare worker with Help at Home for 18 years before she was stricken with a stroke in 2017. She absolutely loved this job and her clients. Beverly became her caretaker which wasn't an easy task by any means because Janice certainly continued to have a mind of her own. GOD was in the plan. Janice was determined to recover from her illness and had made much progress in relearning to talk and walk. She recently celebrated her 65th birthday with fun and laughter while on an all-day face time phone call with her sister friend, "Tina."
For the 15 years Janice remained a faithful member of the Englewood Rush United Methodist Church in Chicago, Illinois where she had served int the choir, under the pastorage of Rev. Dr. Grace Oh, until illness and the Covid Pandemic no longer permitted her to attend in person. She worshipped the Lord with all her heart. While Janice had no birth children of her own, she cherished her nieces, nephews, and extended family. "Jontu" as she was affectionately known by the family was a blessing to the family. She wanted to be at every family gathering where there was loving and had a funny wit about her. She made friends with everyone she met....
The Lord called Janice Jeanette McElroy home to his heavenly gates on March 2, 2022.
Janice leaves to cherish her memory, her siblings: Gregory (Scody) McElroy, Beverly Bell, Patricee Bell Martin of Jackson Mississippi, and Donte' Bell of Burlington, Iowa; 11 Nephews; 15 nieces; one uncle, Charles McElroy of Jackson, Mississippi; and a host of great nieces-nephews, cousins, other family and friends. Special friend for life, Tina Childs Martin, and special family, Loisteen, Bell, Don, Dalton, Herrod and Phyllis Woods.
~In Loving Memory of Our Beautiful Janice~
God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be. So, he but his arms around you and He whispered "Come to Me" With tearful eyes we watched you fade away. Although we loved you dearly, we could not make you stay. A golden hear stopped beating, hard-working hands at rest. GOD broke our hearts to prove to us, He chose to take the best. It's lonesome here without you, we miss you more each day. Life doesn't seem the same since you have gone away. When days are sad and lonely and everything goes wrong, we seem to hear you whisper "Cheer Up and Carry On" Each time we see your picture you seem to smile and say, "Don't cry, I'm in GOD's Hands, we'll meet again someday...
" From your Loving Brothers: Gregory and Donte" and Sisters: Beverly and Patricee."
~"I have only moved Away"~
When my life on earth is over and my body is cold and still, do not grieve because I left you, just remember it was God's Will. All my suffering will be over every trial and every test. When GOD has called and I have answered Don't; weep for I am at rest. Only ask yourself this question "Am I ready to meet her there" Where there will be no separation in Heaven so bright and fair. When you pass to view my body, Remember it's just a house of clay. Jesus has built for me a MANSION and I have only moved away.
"LOVE YOU SISTER IN CHRIST JANICE JEANETTE McELORY."
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