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Janice Spangard

April 3, 1953 ~ October 31, 2012
Janice Spangard passed away at her home north of Bonners Ferry on October 31, 2012.

After fashioning His sunflower, God lovingly sent her to Eleanor and Barney C. Hilliard of California on April 3, 1953. She was named Janis.

After college graduation she served for a time with Vista, then began a career in law enforcement. During these years she met the love of her life, Jack Spangard.

They were married in 1984.

When Janis retired from her career in law enforcement, she began a long time love affair with quilting. Jack and Janis moved to Bonners Ferry in 1996. She started her own quilting business and served others until God called her home on October 31, 2012.

Janis, an abundant giver, shared not only her talents and expertise, but her time, laughter, and love. She was an avid quilter for Quilts of Valor, an organization that makes and donates quilts to wounded soldiers. Thousands of quilts, her customer's and her own, hummed merrily through her machine splashing gorgeous color and love all over the local area, the entire United States, parts of Canada, and Australia.

Serving others was second nature to Janis, never looking for accolades or payment in return but always staying in the background. Janis loved to surprise others with a gift she had made, but would often insist that someone else present the gift so she would not be present when the gift was given.

Janis lived life to the full and spilled her sunshine into places where sunshine might be lacking. Besides quilting, she loved hiking, her dogs, the birds, Shakespeare, music that touched her heart, and sharing a meal with others. Her wonderful zany sense of humor, quick wit, and contagious laugh will be among the loving memories we hold dear.

Janis is survived by her beloved husband, Jack, and her mother, Eleanor Parker, older brother Barney Hilliard and family, and younger brother Andy Parker and family, all of California. Numerous friends also mourn her passing.

We love you, Janis, and thank God for enriching our lives by knowing you, God's sunflower. We'll see you soon!

Family and friends are invited to sign Janis’s book at Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Bonners Ferry Funeral Home.