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Janice Coffer September 5, 1946 - May 30, 2021

Janice Ruth (McGinnis) Coffer, age 74 of Sparta, Missouri, passed peacefully in her home with family by her side.  She was born September 5, 1946 in Highlandville, Missouri the daughter of the late Radford and Gertrude McGinnis. On December 7, 1961 she was united in marriage to Larkin Coffer who preceded her in death October 1, 2012. This union was blessed with four daughters, Penny, Renda, Jennifer and Laura. Janice attended school in Ozark, Missouri when she wasn’t skipping class. She was Christian by faith and rededicated her life August 21, 2003.

Janice was a hard worker and never met a stranger wherever she worked.  She was employed at Ozark Riverview Manor, Ozark Dinner House, Hagale Industries in her early years and FASCO Industries. After she retired from public service, she made her number one job being a wife, mom, sister, aunt, grandma and great-grandma her top priority.

Her hobbies were horseback riding, sewing, watching her grandkids and great-grandkids play sports, ride their horses or playing games on family game days.  She and Larkin loved going out on weekend dates to enjoy country-western two step dancing. Mom always made sure her girls had something or someplace to go on the weekends.  Janice had a love of books and had quite the collection which she donated to the Sparta Senior Living Apartments and looked forward to Thursday Game Day with the ladies of Sparta Senior Apartments.

Janice is survived by her children Penney and Rusty Morrison, Renda and Ross Bush, Jennifer and Anthony Willis, Laura and Brad Holder; grandchildren and great-grandchildren Justin and Melissa Morrison, Shawn and Michael, Jeri Beth, Addison, Haileigh Morrison, Sarah and Matt Stow, Little Larkin, Shawna, Khloe, Karlee and Kora Bush, Kyle Willis, Corrie Willis and Aubree Raymer, Tosha Younger, Megan and Henry Morrel, Kodi Gilbert, Braxton Gilbert, Mindy Horton and partner Greg Simpson, Matthew, Celese, Melissa, Little Laura, Isaiah Horton, Charlie, Abby, Evelyn, David and waiting for Emalee Rose Holder; siblings Jeannie and Lloyd Coffer, Tommy McGinnis, James and Donna McGinnis, along with a host of nephews, nieces, friends and other  relatives.

Funeral services for Janice will be 1:00 P.M. Thursday, June 3, 2021 in Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark with Pastor Darrell Mead officiating. Burial will follow in Old Boston Cemetery, Oldfield, Missouri. Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Wednesday in the funeral home. Online condolences may be shared at www.barnesfamilyfunerals.com.

Condolences(5)

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    Elizabeth Salsman says

    Fly high Grandma Janice you were one of a kind and I will miss you deeply. Prayers for the family.

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    Jeff and Kristie Hoyt says

    Ma,
    With the words of wisdom you spoke to me, the kindness of your heart you shared we me, the scolding I accepted for it was the truth, your still so much apart of me, in return I love you dearly and miss you truly. I’m thankful your suffering is over and I pray you and pa shall watch over the girls you love with your all. Penney, Renda, Jennifer and Laura my heart aches for you but I know you all so well that there’s no doubt ma and pa are happy once again. With all our love and prayers. The Hoyt’s

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    Jennifer says

    Momma, I knew you my whole life but did I really take the time to get to know you no. I’m so sorry I didn’t ask more questions and listen more. Thank you for giving us your all making sure we had everything we needed from first day of school supplies down to the perfect pair of Sunday School shoes. Every weekend you had us at the skating rink, the movies, chasing us across SW, for all our sporting events even staying up late to make us prom dresses, shirts and toys (we really did love the dolls and alligators we had to be rough and tough out on the ridge playing with our cousins).

    The past six weeks seemed to fly by so fast and it was an honor to care for you and to sit by your bedside to drink coffee and watch the sunrise and birds eat each morning.

    It was a treasured moment when you wake and tell me ‘I went to that City and it was beautiful”, “I went to the City and you dad was there”, “I went to that City and everyone was sitting at the table”. I can’t imagine having to decide should I stay or should I go. But we know you were finally ready to spread your wings and walk into the light and be welcomed home where God’s royal robes embraced you and healed your body free from cancer at last so you can have that long awaited and deserved dance with your beloved.

    Rest In Peace Momma love you today, tomorrow and always.
    Jennifer Baby Cub #3

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    Jennifer Willis says

    Momma, I knew you my whole life but did I really take the time to know you no and I’m so sorry I didn’t ask more question and listen more. Thank you for giving us girls your all making sure we had everything we needed from first day of school supplies down to the perfect pair of Sunday School shoes, unconditional love and support in all we did. Every weekend you had us at the skating rink, movie theater or chasing us across SW, MO for all our sporting events (did you ever get tired of washing our uniforms probably sorry we took you for granted), even staying up all hours of the night making us prom dresses, western shirts, and toys (we really loved the dolls and alligators we had to be rough and tough just like our cousins out on the ridge).

    The past six weeks seemed to fly by so fast and it was an honor to care for you, to sit by your bedside to drink coffee watch the sunrise and watch the birds eat each morning. It’s a treasured moment when you would wake up telling us “I went to that city and it was beautiful”, I went to that city and your dad was there”, “I went to that city and everyone was sitting at the table”. Momma, I can’t even begin to imagine having to decide should I stay or should I go but we knew you were finally ready to spread your wings and take flight into the light to be welcomed home where God’s Royal Robes embraced you and healed your body free from cancer at last so you can have the long awaited deserved dance with your beloved.

    Tell daddy hello for us girls. Rest in peace momma love you today, tomorrow and always.
    Jennifer Baby Cub #3

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    Donna Coffer Ruzicka says

    My heart aches for your family Janice, You have raised 4 amazing women, along with grandchildren, nieces, nephews and so may other children. Your heart was so big and full of love. You are now in the arms of Larkin, who has been waiting for you so patiently. Your legacy will live one along with your memories. I personally thank you for all the love you gave me when I was a child. Sending prayers and hugs to all your love ones!!