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Mrs. Janice I. Girton
  • Mayo Clinic Research Fund
    200 First St. SW
    Rochester, MN 55905

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“What a sweet lady. She will be missed by many. ”
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Janice I. Girton age 84 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Wednesday evening January 11, 2017 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis.
She was born June 19, 1932 in Sturgis, Michigan daughter of the late Clement and Frances (Hibbard) Bothamley.
Janice was a lifelong Sturgis resident. On October 16, 1954 she married David Lee Girton.
Janice attended the Hibbard Country School from the first through 8th grades and was a graduate and salutatorian of Sturgis High School with the class of 1950. She continued her education at Michigan State University where in 1954 she earned her Bachelor Degree with majors in speech and English and minor in political science, secondary education. In the 1960's she received her Master's Degree in education from Western Michigan University.
In 1954 she began her teaching career at White Pigeon Public Schools where she taught in the Junior High and High School until 1957. In 1964 she accepted a position with the Sturgis Public Schools where she taught in the Middle School until her retirement in 1994.
Janice was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Sturgis, Michigan Farm Bureau Action Group, past member of Alpha Epsilon Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma and the United Methodist Women and different groups over the years. She enjoyed gardening, reading and writing and family activities. Janice had hobbies and involvements but what she truly cherished was spending time with her grandsons.
She is survived by her loving and dedicated husband of 62 years: David L. Girton; one son: David M. (Ronna M.) Girton of Sturgis; one daughter: Lynelle (Gregory A.) Thrasher of Sturgis; three grandsons: Derek A. (Lauren) Girton, Gregory P. Thrasher and Seth D. Thrasher; three step-grandchildren: Joshua G. Poorman, Samantha M. Poorman and Jacob G. Poorman; two sisters: Alice Happel of Burr Oak and Carol (Bruce) Gaumnitz of Clear Lake, Minnesota and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 2:00 – 5:00 P.M. Sunday at the Hackman Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, MI 49091, 269-651-2331. Funeral services celebrating the life of Janice I. Girton will be held at 2:00 P.M. Monday at the funeral home. Pastor Barry Edds will officiate. A graveside committal will follow the service at the White Pigeon Township Cemetery.
The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mrs. Girton's memory consider the Mayo Clinic Research Fund, 200 First St. SW, Rochester, MN 55905.
The obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhomes.com where personal messages of support may be left for the family.