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In Memory of

Janice Crosby Bell

October 16, 1949 - June 8, 2017

Obituary


LAKE MURRAY- Janice was born to Clyde and Mary Craven Crosby in Walterboro SC on Oct. 16, 1949. She grew up in Williston S.C., where her father worked at the Savannah River Plant near Augusta. Janice was a member of the Williston First Baptist Church. She graduated from Williston Elko High School in 1967. She was president of the Future Homemakers of America, and a varsity cheerleader. She was also named Miss Wilkonian, a beauty contest judged by the then current reigning Miss SC. She was named the wittiest in her senior class. During her...

LAKE MURRAY- Janice was born to Clyde and Mary Craven Crosby in Walterboro SC on Oct. 16, 1949. She grew up in Williston S.C., where her father worked at the Savannah River Plant near Augusta. Janice was a member of the Williston First Baptist Church. She graduated from Williston Elko High School in 1967. She was president of the Future Homemakers of America, and a varsity cheerleader. She was also named Miss Wilkonian, a beauty contest judged by the then current reigning Miss SC. She was named the wittiest in her senior class. During her senior year she met her husband Steve Bell. Janice's shy style and beauty caught Steve's eye. He invited her to the senior prom. They married in 1968 after graduation. The couple's first child Lisa was born in November. Janice took care of Lisa while Steve served in the military. She lived a year in a small camper behind Steve's parents' house until Steve was released from active duty. The couple then moved to Columbia SC where Steve attended USC. Janice took a job in USC's Personnel Department where she continued to work for 44 years until her passing. She rarely missed work and often stayed after hours to get the job done. She had a smile for everyone, every day, no matter how difficult the situation. She was a friend to everyone because she had a heart that reached out to help. Janice had three more children, Jennifer, Michael and Erin. After a hard day at work she went home to her second job, being a loving Mom and helping Steve raise their family. Many times she would have a baby on her hip while cleaning house and preparing supper. When the children were grown, Janice and Steve moved to their Lake Murray cottage and sold their home in Rosewood. Janice retired but continued to work from home on a yearly temporary contract. Janice enjoyed lake life, especially having the entire family over for cookouts. She especially enjoyed late afternoons fishing off the dock. She was a dedicated Carolina girl and Braves fan. She was a big Elvis fan, and Judge Judy was her favorite TV show. Janice had strong conservative values. In August 2012 she was diagnosed with advance stage colon cancer. She traveled to the Cancer Treatment Center of America in Atlanta for treatment. The Center uses an integrated approach which includes nutrition, naturopathy, mind and body meditation and acupuncture, in addition to conventional treatments. Janice also received naturopathic treatments at clinics in SC. These natural treatments helped her reduce the frequency of chemo treatments and side effects. Only 5% of advanced stage colon cancer patients live 5 years. Janice lived two months shy of 5 years. In spite of three major operations, and 20 chemo infusions, she enjoyed a high quality of life.She continued to enjoy the things she loved, including RV'ing at the beach and mountains. She and Steve were camping at the beach two weeks before she passed. She died quietly on June 7, 2017 with family members by her side.
Surviving are her mother, Mary Crosby Schmidt, husband of 50 years, Steve Bell, four children; Lisa Smith (John), Jennifer Oswald (Johnnie), Michael Bell (Kerri) Erin Davis (Preston); two sisters, Joyce Crosby Bookhart (Sam) Gayle Crosby Epting (Eddie); also surviving are 20 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren.She was predeceased by her father Clyde Crosby and her sister, Paula Crosby Mayfield (Michael).
Services will be held at 1:00 pm Monday, June 19, 2017 at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Lexington Chapel in Lexington, SC.