Janice Marie Evans, 81, died at her home on January 30, 2021 after an extended illness. She was born on February 25, 1939 in Rich Creek, Virginia, to Richard and Clarice Dillon. After graduation from Narrows High School she moved to Charlottesville in 1957 to attend nursing school. She graduated as a registered nurse from the Blue Ridge Sanatorium Nurse’s Training School, but later changed to a career in cosmetology. Janice was a cosmetology instructor at the Charlottesville-Albemarle Technical Education Center for many years. She was an enthusiastic educator who was so proud of her many students.
A natural athlete, Janice loved to watch and play sports. She played basketball, volleyball and softball, and continued playing the latter into her fifties. She enjoyed watching college basketball, especially the UVA Cavaliers, and was also a Pittsburgh Steelers fan. She developed an appreciation for hockey in her later years after her youngest grandchild started playing it because If Wyatt liked it, it had to be great. She was proud of being a fun grandma and definitely lived up to the title.
After retirement Janice and her husband moved to Bristol, Tennessee, where they became involved in several local charities as long as her health permitted. She enjoyed boating, camping and was an avid cook who loved to share and try new recipes. Janice loved life, her family and many friends. She will be remembered as a devoted wife and a loving mother and grandmother. She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.
Janice was preceded in death by her parents and her son Richard Scruggs. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Terry Evans, a daughter and son in law: Kathy Scruggs and Peter Smith, and three grandchildren: Patrick Scruggs, Kristina Scruggs and Wyatt Smith. Also surviving are her sisters: Patricia Breeding and husband Bernard, Nedra Mills and two brothers: Gary Dillon and Bill Dillon, as well as many nieces and nephews. In accordance with her wishes, Janice was cremated and no memorial service is planned. The family wishes to thank Ballad Health Hospice for their care and concern during the last months of her illness.
Those wishing to honor her memory may wish to consider the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, or the charity of your choice.
Online condolences may be registered at www.weaverfuneralhome.net. Arrangements have been made with Weaver Funeral Home and Cremation Services.