Janice Christiansen Parkin lived 83 incredible years. She was born in Nephi, Utah on October 17, 1937 and passed away surrounded by family in her home in Ivins, Utah on April 26, 2021. Janice was the daughter of Norma Evans Christiansen Harkins and Wesley Christiansen. She was the eldest of 5 children: Richard Christiansen, Larry Christiansen, Alice Christiansen Harris and Edward (Eddie) Harkins.
She married her sweetheart, George Richard Parkin, also from Nephi, and they enjoyed 52 beautiful years together, and raised 9 phenomenal, amazing, spectacular, talented, intelligent, humorous, marvelous, magnificent, humble children, and bunches and bunches of grandkiddies!
As a young woman she attended the first nursing school in America, Philadelphia General Hospital. She was one of the most highly requested surgical nurses at St. Mark's Hospital. She later became the neighborhood “witch doctor” after a second bout with the Coxsackie virus which caused scarring to her heart leading her to natural remedies to treat that and many other ailments.
She was a Master Gardener, family historian, long time traveler, outdoor adventurist, mountain climber, hunter, Tarzan infatuated, voracious reader, needlework extraordinaire, sunbather and chocolate connoisseur. Janice loved, adored and frequently bragged about all of her many great and grandchildren. She was “that” party grandma that would stay up late and bang pots and pans to enter in the New Year, waking all the neighbors. The traditions she shared are still carried on to this day. She was a woman that literally lived 9 lives, all wrapped up into one; accomplishing and experiencing more than seemed possible in her 83 years of life. Janice will be missed immensely, but lives forever in our hearts.
Viewing on April 30, 2021 at 10:00 am at the Nephi 1st Ward Chapel, 200 S 100 E, Nephi, UT, followed by funeral services at 11:00 am. Interment following services at Vine Bluff Cemetery, 1255 N 400 E, Nephi, UT.
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