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Janice Marie Gaylord

Janice Marie Gaylord

Janice passed away to be with her Savior and Lord Jesus on January 17, 2016. She was born along with her twin brother, John Scott, to Gloria Taylor Baer on June 26, 1951 in Boise, Idaho. Gloria was very surprised to give birth to twins.

Janice fought a tough battle during the last six years, and especially the past year, against a rare neurological disorder called Multiple Systems Atrophy. Even though she was physically and emotionally challenged by the disorder, she was brave and courageous and never lost her faith in the Lord relying on his strength through her journey.

Janice enjoyed a wonderful and happy childhood with her mother, brother, and grandparents. Her grandparents, Delbert and Cleo Taylor, lovingly opened their home to Janice, her mother and brother where they shared many fond memories. Her grandfather built the home at 3310 Mountain View Drive which had a beautiful view of the valley and mountains. Her grandparents and mother also built a log cabin in Donnelly, Idaho on Dawn Drive overlooking beautiful Lake Cascade. They spent summers up at the cabin enjoying water sports and fishing.

During her childhood, Janice enjoyed playing piano and taking tap dancing lessons. A favorite memory was practicing piano downstairs before school with her brother practicing saxophone upstairs. It filled the house with music! When they weren’t practicing, Grandma was playing records from musicals on the stereo.
Janice began her education at Koelsch and Mountain View Elementary Schools. Her junior high years were spent at West and Fairmont Junior High. In 1969 she graduated from Capital High School and was class valedictorian. She was a straight-A student, a member of the National Honor Society, and a captain of the drill team. Janice also taught beginner piano lessons to young students. Janice worked summers as a waitress at the South Fork Lodge in Lowman, where her mother worked at the Forest Service Lowman Ranger Station.

Janice spent two years at the University of Idaho and was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority and Spurs, a service organization. The remainder of her college years was at Boise State University, where she graduated in 1973 with a BS in Mathematics. Her first job was working for Idaho First National Bank in the IT department.

Janice married Clare Gaylord on August 5, 1972. They were married 43 years and had three children: Jill, Kristi, and David. She thought it was a privilege to be a stay-at–home mom for thirteen years. She was always proud to be a native Idahoan along with her husband and children. Clare and Jan spent most of their married life in Boise, spending only four years in Corvallis, Oregon, where Clare had accepted a position as manager of OSU Credit Union. While in Corvallis, Janice took computer classes at Lynn-Benton Community College and was a soccer coach for her son’s team. After moving back to Boise, Janice resumed her career in computer science working for WestOne Bank as a programmer for seven years. She was also a software engineer and project manager for Micron Technology for twelve years. In 2013, she retired from the Department of Education.

Janice taught Sunday School, was an Awana leader, and was involved in numerous Bible studies throughout the years including Bible Study Fellowship. She thoroughly enjoying studying God’s Word. She was a member of Life Church in Meridian, pastored by Mark and Amy Boer. She loved attending church there.
Janice is survived by her husband, Clare, and her three children, Jill (Steve) Thompson, Kristi (Ray) Koval, and David (Kerri) Gaylord, grandchildren Kaytlynn and Hadley Thompson, Taylor Mae and Aidan Koval, Gavin Murphy, Jasmine and Jason Gaylord, twin brother John (Jacqie) Baer, nieces Janelle Baer, Jeanna Baer, Janine (Josh) Graham, Aunt Darlene Green, sister-in-law, Kathy Edwards, brother-in-law Bob Reeder, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Janice was preceded in death by her mother, Gloria Taylor Baer, grandparents, Delbert and Cleo Taylor, grandchild, Holly Gaylord, and numerous relatives.

A celebration of her life is planned for 12:00 p.m., Saturday, January 23 at Life Church, 3225 E. Commercial Court, Meridian. A private family burial will be at Meridian Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials in her honor can be made to CurePSP Foundation, 30 E. Tadonia Road, Suite 201, Timonuim, MD 21093 (family requests gifts be designated to “MSA – Janice M. Gaylord”) or Joyce Meyer Ministries, P.O. Box 655, Fenton, MO 63026.

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