Life Story / Obituary
Janice “Jan” Applebey, of Vicksburg, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 10, 2019. She was known as “Mom”, “Sis”, “Jan”, “Auntie Jan”, “Granny” and “Apple” to all of us who loved her.
Jan was born January 18, 1940 to Stanley Hattis and Helena Shlagor in Kalamazoo. Jan is the proud mother of two children: Kerenda Applebey and Ron (Kim) Applebey; grandmother to Jynell (Clint) Tackett, Nick (Ashley) Ruggles and Martez (Jessica) White; and great grandmother to Melody Tackett and Brooklyn Tackett and Rylee Ballard. Jan is also sister to Althea Smith of FL, Yona Reed of FL, Stanley (Wanda) Hattis Jr. of MN, Ronald Hattis of MI, and Larry (Ruth) Hattis of AL. She also leaves behind many nieces and nephews. Jan is preceded in death by her parents (Stanley and Helena Hattis) and her husband, Meredith “Jay” Applebey.
Jan worked as a Packer at Stewart-Sutherland Bag Company for 20+ years before retiring many years ago. She always said she is so busy in retirement she doesn’t know how she ever had time to work.
Jan’s passion was the outdoors and nature. She enjoyed gardening, taking care of her yard, and driving around with her best friend looking for eagles, deer, or any other kind of wildlife. She was creative and talented and enjoyed sewing, painting, and knitting/crocheting. She played cards or dice almost every day with her brother or whoever stopped by for a visit.
Jan had a wonderful sense of humor and made even strangers laugh, was always willing to help anyone who needed it, absolutely loved celebrating the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, and could figure out how to fix just about anything.
She was treasured and will be deeply missed by so many.
Services for Jan are going to be held Tuesday August 13, 2019 at 1:00 pm at McCowen & Secord Family Funeral Homes, Rupert-Durham Chapel, 409 S. Main St., Vicksburg, MI 49097. (269)649-1697. Please visit Jan’s webpage at www.mccowensecord.com where you can leave a memory, share a picture, and sign the guest book for the family.
Immediately following please join the family for a luncheon at Center Park Church, 18659 Moorepark Rd, Three Rivers. Donations in Jan’s name would be welcomed by Rose Arbor Hospice, 5473 Croyden Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49009