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Janice K. Ishmael

d. March 21, 2021

Janice Ishmael, age 76, of Athens, passed away on Sunday, March 21, 2021 at her home surrounded by her family.

Janice was born December 1, 1944 in Peoria, Illinois, the daughter of William and Wilma (Montgomery) Davison.

She married Sam Ishmael on June 27, 1965 at the Greenview United Church.

Mourning her passing are her husband, Sam; two sons, Darren (Brittany) Ishmael of Effingham, Chad (Molly) Ishmael of Athens; grandchildren, Gwyn, Davis, and Cole; sister, Judy (Doug) Hawkins of Sherman; and several nieces and nephews.

Janice is preceded in death by her parents.

She graduated from Greenview High School in 1962.  Janice worked as a secretary for Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) for over 50 years.

She loved music, where she played organ and piano and was a gifted vocalist.  Janice was a life member of the Greenview United Church, where she was very active.

She loved watching her grandkids participate in sporting events and riding horses.  Her favorite activity was to be with her grandkids and playing card games with them.  In her quiet time, she enjoyed quilting and watching hummingbirds.

Janice’s favorite holiday was Christmas.

Visitation for Janice will be held on 4:00 until 7:00 PM on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at at Mott & Henning Funeral Home in Athens.  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM on Thursday, March 25, 2021 also at the funeral home.

Burial will be held at Elmwood Cemetery in Greenview

Memorials can be made to the Athens Food Pantry or the Athens United Methodist Church.


  1. Sam, Darren, Chad, Judy, and families,

    I know how much she loved you and was so proud of each of you. There are simply no adequate words I can offer. She has been a kind, caring, compassionate, generous, and patient woman whom I had the privilege of knowing and calling my friend.

    With sympathy, prayers, and love to all of you. Debbie Crowe

  2. My sympathies to Sam, Chad, Darren and families. I am so very sad to hear of Janice’s passing. She was a great neighbor for the many years I lived out there. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of loss.

  3. My heart is broken with the loss of my beautiful aunt. I here that there are angels on earth, and she was one for sure.
    I’m so sorry for your loss, as it is a huge one.
    Love you guys

  4. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time! Janice was the sweetest person and we both love her for her spirit and joy. We will miss her for sure. We live in Georgia and will not be able to be there in person.

  5. Janice was one of the sweetest kindest ladies we ever met. The world will surely miss her.

  6. Sam and Family, our sincere condolences on the passing of Janice. I had the privilege of working with her for many, many years. She was always friendly and caring and exemplified the meaning of a true Christian. She will be missed by many and remembered always for her giving ways. RIP

  7. Sam, Chad, Darren, and family,
    We are so sorry to hear of Janice passing away. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you right now and always.Don’t let go of your precious memories of her, they will carry you through this difficult time.
    Love to you all.
    Debbie and Dale Wood

  8. Sam and Family, please accept our sincere condolence on the passing of Janice. You folks have been good neighbors for the many years we have lived near you. She will be missed by many and remembered as a friendly and caring individual.
    Larry & Mary Hughes

  9. Sam and family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. We knew her for only a short time, but fell in love with her from the very beginning.
    Sam, we know you have such a great loss, and can only say we are so sorry and hope that you find solace in knowing that she is no longer suffering and is with the Heavenly Father now. We look forward to seeing you in church again, though we will miss her terribly as will all of the others.

  10. Dear Sam, Judy and Doug.
    We mourn Janice’s passing. Goodness what a good, kind steadfast person.
    We all have our memories of Janice, mine mostly from church, her singing and playing the organ.

    With much love,
    Lynn and Ted

  11. There are no words I can say that expresses the sorrow for the loss of such a wonderful person, wife, mother, grandmother and sister. What an honor for us to be part of the family when our daughter married Chad. The times we were together whether at sporting events, school events or holidays will never be forgotten. She and her family will always be in our prayers.

  12. We offer our sympathies and prayers for Sam, Chad and Darren. May God grant you peace and comfort as you mourn your loss. God bless you all richly in the days ahead.

  13. So sorry to hear about Janice. She was a wonderful person. Sam and family, you will be in our prayers.

  14. Sam, Chad and Darren,

    Please accept our condolences and sympathy on the passing of your beloved wife and mother. We know how much you loved her. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers in this time of grieving. God Bless you.

  15. Our condolence to Sam & Family. Could not ask for better neighbors. Janice will be sadly missed.
    Steve and Rosalyn Bone

  16. Sam, and family, So sorry to hear about Janice. I wasn’t able to attend the services due to having some medical problems. After reading some of the condolences, she was everything that was said about her. I wasn’t aware of her illness.and will always remember her and the family

    Doug Biggs

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