SPIERS, Janice Arlene

September 5, 1957 – April 12, 2019

Janice Arlene Spiers, beloved wife, mother, sister and aunt, died April 12, 2019, at the age of 61.

Janice was born in Kelvington, Saskatchewan, on September 5, 1957.  She was the eighth of nine children born to Frank and Esther Forrester.  She attended Salmo Secondary School in Salmo, British Columbia, and during the summer breaks she worked at Camp Koolaree.  Her family lived on a farm just outside of Ymir, where she was always very active in the day-to-day activities of collecting eggs and tending to the gardens.

On Feb. 20, 1982, she married the love of her life, Ken Spiers.  Their eldest son, Kent, was born in June of that year.  Janice spent many years living throughout the Yukon while Ken was mining for gold, and they made many lifelong friends during those years in the North. When not in the Yukon, she worked at the CIBC in Nelson, which she enjoyed for many years.  In 1991, the family moved to Fort McMurray, Alberta, which remained their home for many years.  In 1994, their second son, Scott, was born.  The family moved to Spruce Grove in 2001 but returned a year later. Upon returning to Fort McMurray, Ken started a new career with Shell, and Janice focused on raising Scott.

The most important thing to Janice was her family, which she loved and supported unconditionally.  She was known for her big, loving heart, willingness and excitement to help her friends, world-class cooking and baking, pride in her sons’ achievements and the love she had for her Sharpei, Phoenix, whom she called her “baby girl.”   

Janice is proceeded in death by her loving husband, Ken, parents Frank and Esther, and sisters Deanna, Caroline and Sandra. She leaves behind her sons Kent and Scott and son-in-law Erik.  She is also survived by her siblings Donna, Dennis, Les, Glenn and Brenda.

A celebration of life will be held on September 22, 2019 in Salmo, British Columbia at 11:00 am at the Legion Hall.

Arrangements entrusted to Cochrane Country Funeral Home, Florence (Flo) Simpson, Funeral Director Ph: 403-932-1039.

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  1. On April 19, 2019 at 9:01 am MARILYN KONKIN Said:

    sending all my love to the families for the lose Of Janice

  2. On April 19, 2019 at 9:22 am Flo Said:

    George and I would like to send our deepest sympathies to all Janices family. I think this is one of the hardest messages I’ve ever had to express, Janice was truly one of my best friends we met nine years ago but it seems like a lifetime. Ken was one of George’s Best friends as well. They welcomed us into their family and many of their great celebrations which we were so proud to attend. Janice was one of a few people in this world where you could say I trust you with my whole heart and which I did. Janice I am going to miss our texting every few days and our phone calls, I love you so much and miss you so much already but I know you are resting in peace with Ken and the rest of your family and that brings me comfort because I know how much she missed him. Kent and Scott I know this is a difficult time for you all but she raised you’s to be strong & proud to get through anything it’s going to be hard but I know she is watching over all of us knowing that you are all going to be OK. Rest in peace my forever friend.
    We love you George and Sonia Kozlow.

  3. On April 20, 2019 at 5:17 am Sheri Huser Said:

    So very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    Sheri Huser

  4. On April 22, 2019 at 6:19 am Jim and Isabelle Milne Said:

    Our deepest sympathies to your family. May your memories help you through this time of sorrow. Jim and isabelle milne.