Janice Marie Grigsby (Cole), 61, entered eternal life on July 13, 2021, at home in Kansas City, MO. She was proceeded in death by her parents, sisters; Bernita, Jefi, Addie and Vickie, brothers; Artis, Kenny, Charles, Jimmy, and Leondre, cousin, Lanita, great nephews Little Ronnie and Dominic, and great-great nephew Ramell.
Janice was born December 30, 1959, to Deacon Charles Dixon and Geneva Cole in Kansas City, Missouri. She was the forth born of ten children. She spent her early years being educated in the Kansas City, Missouri Public School System. She attended Wendall Phillips Elementary, Lincoln Middle, and finished her education at Paseo High School. Janice graduated from Paseo in 1977 and went on to work for Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base for several years before moving to the healthcare field. Janice remained in the healthcare field until her retirement from Kansas University Medical Center in 2007.
While in high school Janice met the love of her life Johnny Grigsby, Sr. and she affectionately begin to call him and continued to call him “Grigsby”. Janice and Johnny were married November 17, 1979. They welcomed into their loving home the birth of three children Johnny Jr., Janeva, and Jamesha.
Janice was a devout Christian with a strong love for God and His people. She was introduced to Christ and her church home by her late Mother-in-Love Rosie Lee Grigsby. She served in the church for over 25 years allowing herself to be used wherever she was needed. She could be seen in the choir stand, passing the offering plate with the ushers, or helping with the young children. During this time, her pastor Charles D. Bell helped her to tap into her spiritual gifts and by July 2007 she accepted her call to ministry and was ordained under Pastor Bell’s son Pastor Clifford D. Bell.
The obedience to her call to ministry allowed her to officiate weddings, including her sister Joyce’s, she has laid loved ones to rest, including her brother-in-law Gary, and christenings which she had the pleasure of doing for her youngest granddaughter Braelyn. At the time of her passing she was still very active in her church home under the leadership of Pastor Eartheline Downs. She served on the prison ministry, was a member of the finance committee, and was Pastor Downs Armor Bearer. The two developed so much more than a working relationship they became best friends and were truly sisters in Christ. The two of them along with their close friend Elder Shackleford not only did ministry together, but they enjoyed life together. They all just came back from a girl’s trip to Arkansas.
Janice was devoted to her family and selfishly did what she could to meet their needs. If you knew Janice then you KNEW she LOVED, her husband, her kids, and especially her grandchildren (and grand dog). Janice not only loved her family, but she loved the countless people she encountered. If you met her at church, through outreach, were one of her children’s friends, or a former coworker then you know she just loved people. She never judged and accepted all with loving and open arms. She will be missed by many who loved her and all whose lives she touched.
Janice will be lovingly remembered by her husband of over forty years, Johnny Sr., three children; Johnny Jr. (Trina), Janeva Hamilton (Barry), Jamesha Price (Ken) and her nephew who she raised as her own, Raemone (Kam Maria). Bonus children Alicia (Chris), Shay. Grandchildren Jonae, Brendon, Jaylen, JaMyia, Josia, Jazmyn, Kameron, Jayla, Braxton, Jordon, Brayln, Javionna, Shiann, Jada, and Deonna. Great-grandson Zayne all of Kansas City, MO. Sisters; JoAnn (Curtis), Jerri, Tammy (Anthony), Beverly, Raymonette, Lynette, Tee, Joyce, Nita. Brothers; Robert, Raymond, and Melvin (Marie) and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and loving friends.
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