Janice Mares

Hamilton County

FORT OGLETHORPE Janice I. Hopkins Mares, 77, died on Wednesday, April 4, 2012, their 57th wedding anniversary, after an illness with cancer. Heaven has received one of our prized processions today, graduating to that Celestial city with her Savior Jesus Christ.She was a native of Bellwood, Pa., and the daughter of the late Gerald and Bertha Mae Hopkins. Janice was loved by many and touched many lives as well. Her interest were many, teaching the Bible to children, reading and teaching the bible, witnessing for the Lord, volunteering at the Tennessee Baptist Childrens Home on Lee Highway, having daily devotions with her husband, Jose, praying for her children and those in need. Janices favorite verse was 3 John, verse 4, loved to sing Pslams 48:1-2 and "Jesus Loves Me."She was an active member of Ridgedale Baptist Church, where she was the teacher of the 4th-grade Sunday School Class, working with VBS and member of the Promised class, which she loved dearly. Janice also served with her husband, Jose, as a missionary in the countries of Nicagura, Costa Rica and El Salvador, Calif. Together they also served as house parents for the Tennessee Baptist Childrens Home in Cleveland, Tenn. Janice was very proud and loved her country and served with the Womens Army Corps.She is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Jose; five children, Denna Mae Kester, Chattanooga, Brian Douglas Jose Mares and wife, Beth, of Ringgold, Deborah Ann Darling and husband, Phillip, of East Ridge, Dennis Paul Mares and wife, Christy, of Jacksonville, Fla., and Elizabeth Rachel Hobbs, Atlanta; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brothers, Burton Hopkins and Dennis Hopkins, both of Bellwood, Pa., and Greg Scott, Dunkinsville, Pa.Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 6, in the funeral home chapel with Dr. Bill Owens officiating.Interment will follow in Chattanooga National Cemetery.Visit www.heritagefh.com to share words of comfort to the family and view the memorial tribute.Hospice Care Center of Chattanooga is due a special thank you for their excellent care and compassion that they rendered to Janice Mares.The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Tennessee Baptist Childrens Home, Chattanooga Campus, 6623 Lee Highway, Chattanooga, TN 37421, to help the children that she loved so much.The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. today, April 5, at Heritage Funeral Home, Battlefield Parkway.

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