Janice Mott Barton, 83, died peacefully in her home from an extended illness in Huntley, Ill., on Aug. 1, 2011, surrounded by her loving family.
Born March 8, 1928, in Geneva, to Richard Merritt and Margaret Hinds Mott, she graduated from Rockford West High School in 1945 and attended Northwestern University.
Janice married her soulmate, W. Forbes Barton, known since her childhood, in 1968. They celebrated their love for each other for 31 years until his death in 1999.
After growing up in Rockford, Ill., Janice moved to Arlington Heights in 1961, where she resided until 1999. She finished her remaining years in Huntley, Ill. Her favorite place was always with her family, especially at their vacation home in Lac Du Flambeau, Wis. Evening pontoon boat rides watching a Northern Wisconsin sunset were a cherished event.
Janice began working for Universal Oil Products as a bookkeeper in 1974, where her sharp financial talent enabled her promotion to chief accountant. From 1983 until her retirement in 1991, she worked for EPC as chief accounting manager.
Janice was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega Alumni Association, Junior League and various bridge clubs. She was a member of Forest Hills Country Club and loved playing golf. She was also a very accomplished musician. Her most notable achievement, in addition to raising her family, was performing George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue at age 15 as a featured pianist with the Rockford Civic Symphony Orchestra.
Survivors include three children: Steve Williams and his wife, Peggy, from Jacksonville, Fla., Bob Williams and his wife, Karen, from Broken Arrow, Okla., Peggy Williams Langeness and her husband, Troy, from Elburn; and six grandchildren: Barbara Williams of Edwards, Colo., Scott Williams of Jacksonville, Fla., Lisa Williams of Jacksonville, Fla., Rick Williams of Stillwater, Okla., and Bobby and Jimmy Langeness of Elburn. Janice was preceded in death by her husband, Forbes Barton; her parents, Richard and Margaret Mott; and her three brothers, James, Richard Jr., and Robert Mott.
A family interment service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 6, at Greenwood Cemetery in Rockford, Ill., followed by a memorial luncheon at noon and memorial service at 2 p.m. at Kaneville United Methodist Church, 46W764 Main Street Road, between Harter and Dauberman roads in Kaneville.
Memorial contributions are welcome at the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago, 75 Remittance Drive, Suite 1907, Chicago, Illinois 60675-1907 and the Salvation Army, 290 W. Crystal Lake Ave, Crystal Lake, IL 60014-5847.
Special thanks go to Julia Kuettner, Janice’s caregiver for the last two years. Julia’s compassion, humility and caring devotion to Janice has made her a member of the family in the hearts of her children. Also, thanks to the faith community of Kaneville United Methodist Church for their prayers and support.
Arrangements by The Healy Chapel 370 Division Dr. Sugar Grove, IL. For further information please call (630) 466-1330 or visitwww.healychapel.com to sign the online guestbook.