Janis Nickerson Adams-Issak

Janis Nickerson Adams-Issak passed away peacefully after a sudden illness on February 26, 2012, surrounded by family. Janis was born in Wallace, Idaho on June 29, 1948, the third of four children. She was a tomboy who hiked and camped in her beloved Idaho Mountains, but she was also a girlie-girl who always left the house without at least her lipstick on. She was very active in clubs at Wallace High School and enjoyed being a cheerleader.

Jan spent many years in Edmonds, Washington, Santa Rosa, California and Bend, Oregon, where she raised her beloved children, David Adams of Bend, Oregon and Rebecca Adams-Gage of Bellevue, Washington. Jan and Becky were more than mother and daughter; they were best friends who shared all the ups and downs of life as a team during long talks and walks, shopping and many card games. Jan and David enjoyed attending rodeos and tending horses. Jan was a wonderful mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend – so supportive, truly accepting and loving to all. Her two beautiful and special granddaughters, Brittney and Kylie Gage (Rebecca), brought her much happiness; they were her favorite shopping buddies and her greatest source of joy!

Jan worked in the dental field in many roles for over 40 years and was highly respected in her field, winning many awards and the respect of her co-workers. Outside of work, she had many interests including making friends, traveling (especially to Mexico), PEO, golfing, hiking, playing cards, attending fairs, rodeos and sprint car races and of course, riding horses. She moved to Bend, Oregon fulfilling a lifelong dream to have a horse of her own that she could ride whenever she wished. She returned to Osburn, Idaho in 2011 to care for her mother and spent the last months of her life back in her favorite place on earth, getting reacquainted with the friends of her youth.

Surviving siblings are Darlene Nickerson McKim (Greg) of Tigard, Oregon and Jim Nickerson (Hilary) of Chatsworth, California; her nieces, Bryn McKim Wilson (Terry) of Beaverton, Oregon, Eryn McKim Wettlaufer (Rob) of Portland, Oregon; and her nephews, Dan Nickerson of Encino, California, and Matt Nickerson of Oakland, California. She was predeceased by her father, Norman Nickerson, her mother, Norma Nickerson McGatlin, and her brother, Jack Nickerson.

A celebration of Jan’s life will be near her birthday on June 24th 2012 at 2:00pm at Summerfield Golf and Country Club– Clubhouse, 10650 SW Summerfield Drive, Tigard, Oregon 97224.

If you wish, memorial donations accepted at Evergreen Hospice at 12040 Northeast 128th Street, Kirkland, WA 98034-3013 or National Cancer Coalition at www.nationalcancercoalition.org.

8 Responses to “Janis Nickerson Adams-Issak”

  • Carolyn Covey Corthell says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Janice’s passing. She was a very nice lady that will be missed by all of us!

    I grew up with Janice and we were very close until I moved from Osburn our Sophomore year.

    My prayers are with all the family members.

    Carolyn

  • Steve R yan says:

    It is a very sad day today hearing of Jan’s passing.
    I think the first time I met her was at the old Osburn Y that her dad, “Nick”, willingly ran for all the kids in Osburn to play b-ball and other stuff. Jan was always full of spirit and was always smiling. She had a way about her that made everyone feel liked. She will sure be missed by many.

    Our Prayer’s of Peace,and comfort for the entire family.

  • Dan Bofenkamp says:

    The last time I saw Janis I had dinner with her in Santa Rosa. Loved her attitude, smile, laugh and just plain loved her as I’m sure all her Wa-Hi classmates did. See you in heaven girl!

  • Eloise Uhl Kraemer says:

    Thank you for posting this, Sherry.
    Doug and I are so saddened to hear of this.
    Our condolences to her family. Janis will be missed, but her warmth will be forever remembered…and..I’ll be looking for that special star in the sky tonight..named Janis.

  • Bob Brown says:

    Jan was always a good friend who took time to keep in touch. God bless you Jan.

  • Rich Bailey says:

    Janis was a friend and childhood neighbor. So sorry to hear of her passing. As withall friends and loved ones she will be missed. My thoughts and prayers for her family and friends. Rest well Miss Janis!

  • Karen Masteller Cockburn says:

    So sorry to hear of such an untimely death. Janis had lots more laughs to share. She was always so much fun. I saw her last at a reunion and remembered immediately how much I liked to be around her. I’ll bet someone reading this remembers her slumber parties. She will not be forgotten. My prayers go out to her family.

  • Vern Snith says:

    Not sure why i waited so long to respond to Janis’s passing. Never have been much for keeping in touch with the family. Janis was my first cousin. Her mom, Norma, was my mom Jeanne’s sister. Janis and I and the other cousins (Jack, Jim and Darlene) spent many summers together. My wife (Linda) and I visited with Janis and Norma a couple of times over the years. We went to her wedding in Santa Rosa, but got lost and missed the whole thing. No hard feelings, though. If any of her relatives read this , get in touch and we’ll play catch-up. Again, my apologies for not responding to the card about her passing. No excuse! We now live in Athol, ID, just a few miles north of Coeur d’Alene. Funny how things work out. Never figured we’d end up this close to the old Osburn area.

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