Ended her earthly stay on Sunday, June 9, 2019. Janis was born in Muskegon on January 6, 1948, the third child of the late Bill and Dorothy (Damm) Boyden and grew up in North Muskegon. She was beautiful, intelligent, kind, caring, philosophic, thoughtful and most of all a loving sister, daughter, friend, niece, cousin, godmother and very proudly, aunt and great-aunt! She did not forget birthdays, not even baptismal birthdays (known for her 'gift cupboard'), and no longer receiving those tokens of thoughtfulness is only one of the obvious holes left now in our lives. But the hole in our hearts is one so great that only as time passes will we begin to fill it with all the wonderful memories. Jan or Tia Jee (by her nieces & nephews) as she preferred to be called, experienced a life full of varied talents and occupations where she excelled and touched many lives. Tia was the aunt of all aunts and a major figure in many of her nieces and nephews' lives. They brought her countless joys (and vice versa) and as her writings tell us, they were what she was most proud. Animals, wildlife and nature were also primary in Jan's life. She faithfully supported many animal and nature organizations locally and worldwide. Even more was her love for her 4-legged kids over many years - Della (German shepherd), Andy (sheepdog), Bear (endearing white German shepherd) and Dan (the big black lab). Janis was preceded in death by her brother, Joel Boyden. She remains lovingly in the hearts of her sisters, Judy McAllister and Janie Boyden, sister-in-law Jean Boyden, Uncle Peter Damm, her beloved nieces & nephews (and grand nieces & nephews) and many cousins. A 'Celebration of Janis' Life' is planned for Monday, August 19, 2019 at Buzz's Lakeside Inn, 5700 N Scenic Dr, Whitehall, MI 49461 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. If you would like to donate in her memory, keeping in mind her love and dedication to nature and animals, please consider the Kalamazoo Nature Center, the Binder Park Zoo, or Camp Pendalouan.