Janis Kay (Lambert) Evans

CENTRALIA — Janis Kay (Lambert) Evans, of Centralia, was called to Heaven on Wednesday, February 6, 2019, surrounded by family at the age of 72.

She was born on October 18, 1946, in Centralia, the younger daughter of Richard and Mary Sue (Taylor) Lambert.

Janis was greeted at the Pearly Gates with open arms by both her parents, Richard and Sue Lambert; beloved son, James Carl Reed; and her grandson who was her sunshine, Cole James Duffell.

Family was everything to Janis, and she leaves her legacy with her loving daughter, Melissa Duffell and husband Joseph; cherished grandchildren, Kayli Jo and Kaytlin Janae; her devoted sister, Cherry Derrick and husband Jim; and their four sons; Tony, Tim, Michael, and Seth; her love, companion and special friend for over 20 years Larry Allen Hunt; and his family.

Janis went to Irving Grade School, graduated from Centralia Township High School in 1964, went on to Centralia Junior College in 1966, and received her Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois.

Janis was a devout Christian and member of the Calumet Christian Church.  She loved league bowling, playing cards and dancing. She raised a family while working for Dr. Wayne Terry, Salem Gravure World Color Press, Teamsters Local 50, and Hollywood Candy Factory.  She went on to work at the Centralia Correctional Center where she later retired.

In retirement she enjoyed going to lunch with friends, shopping, and especially being with her daughter, son-in-law and her grandchildren who brought her happiness and love throughout the years. She loved to travel, go to dinner and her weekends together with Larry.

Family and friends are invited to a visitation and will be held from 12 p.m. until the time of service on at the funeral home on Sunday, February 10, 2019, at Irvin Macz Funeral Home in Centralia.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m.Sunday, February 10, 2019, at Irvin Macz Funeral Home in Centralia with John Willis officiating. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Centralia.

Memorials may be made in Janis’ honor to the Missouri Baptist Hospital Cardiac Foundation.

Online condolences and memories of Janis may be shared with the family by visiting maczfuneralhomes.com and/or on the funeral home’s Facebook page.