Janice Ruth Knox

January 1, 1929April 3, 2019

Janice Ruth Knox of Haslett, MI passed away April 3, 2019 in Dimondale, MI of complications from Alzheimer’s Disease. She was born January 1, 1929 in Milan, MI, youngest child of John Arthur and Caroline Helen (Lawrence) Geddis. She attended Roosevelt School in Ypsilanti, MI, Eastern Michigan University and the University of Michigan where she received a degree in elementary education. She taught in Hastings, MI, Ann Arbor, MI, Rawsonville, MI, Smyrna, GA, Williamston, MI, at Lansing Christian School, MI and Haslett Public Schools, retiring from Wilkshire Elementary in Haslett, having taught kindergarten for many years.

Janice married Thomas Ray Knox of Marietta, GA, on April 11,1954 in Ypsilanti, MI. Their love spanned 65 years and together they were an anchor for their family.

In 1961, Janice was the first woman elected to the Haslett Public Schools school board. She taught hundreds of children from kindergarten through fourth grade. She was a respected leader in the Haslett Public Schools and a champion for students. She was instrumental in developing the Log Cabin curriculum for the Haslett schools. She volunteered throughout her life as a Sunday school teacher, leader of Christian education, Bible study leader and choir director in the churches she attended. Janice is remembered by her family for her abiding faith and her love of music. She passed on her passion for education and a strong work ethic to her children and grandchildren.

In retirement she served as a docent with the Meridian Historic Village, leading area school children in period lessons in the old schoolhouse. She and her husband Tom made beautiful brooms on an antique broom machine, demonstrating their craft at steam engine and threshing shows. They also enjoyed sharing their love of historic crafts by teaching others how to make brooms.

She is survived by her loving husband Thomas Ray Knox, daughters Jennifer (Robert) Davis, Rebecca (Timothy) Gillette and Rachel Knox (Barry Maddox), grandchildren Audrey Chamberlain, Hilary Eyres, Aaron Chamberlain, Emily Mann, Arza Chamberlain, Nathaniel Knox, Daniel Knox, Jonathan Knox, Anna Gillette, Kristen Gillette, Matthew Maddox, eighteen great-grandchildren, sister-in-law Mildred Bates, nephews James Brasseur, Dennis Clark, Rob Geddis and nieces Patricia Anderson and Carolyn Geddis.

She is preceded in death by her parents, siblings Barbara Brasseur, Marcia Clark and Robert Geddis, son Davin Thomas (1962) and daughter Trina Carol (2012).

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 8, 10:30 am at Crossroads United Methodist Church, Williamston.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Alzheimers Association,, the Meridian Historical Village, or PO Box 155, Okemos, MI 48805 or Foundation for Haslett Schools, PO Box 615, Haslett, MI 48840

Arrangements are being handled by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes Mason Chapel.


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Linda Gould Simpson

April 20, 2019

I praise God for Mrs. Knox. Because of her teaching Sunday School at Haslett Baptist Church she lead me to the Lord. What a blessing she was to so many. I saw her a few years ago at Leone Bakers funeral and was able to thank her in person. She said that brought her to tears. God Bless your family during this time. I will see her again one day.

Jackie Schram-Cheney

April 19, 2019

Fond memories of your whole family. Mrs. Knox was a wonderful teacher and mentor to many. My condolences to all.


Pat Honeywell

April 19, 2019

I 'm sending my condolences to all of the Knox family. Jan & Tom were great workers in Haslett Baptist Church. Jan taught Sunday School , VBS, GMG & Awana. Tom did beautiful work on the new church which is now New Hope Church. The Elliott's & Honeywell's thought so much of the Knox's also. I'm sorry I'm unable to attend the memorial service, as I'm unable to get out. You all will be on my thoughts & prayers.

Shawn Winters Cole

April 19, 2019

What wonderful memories with you all! Though many miles of memories past ... I can still see your mom in the kitchen. She some how talked me into trying my first fried green tomato and making me think I really liked them. She must have had a way with words as I look back. Bet she couldn't talk me into it today! Precious memories ! xo

Daniel Eschtruth

April 19, 2019

Mrs. Knox was my Kindergarten teacher at Wilkshire Elementary. I know she left an impression on me when some 17 years later, as a first time Kindergarten teacher myself, I caught myself quoting phrases she said to me all that many years before. My sincere condolences to her family. May you take some comfort in knowing her influence continues around the globe through the actions of the many generations of students she guided and supported in her classrooms.

kris abendroth

April 18, 2019

what a wonder, caring women your mother/wife was..... all three of my children had her for a teacher.....they could not have had a kinder person to introduce them to their school experiences....
she will be missed

thoughts and prayers

Kris abendroth

Judy Chamberlain

April 11, 2019

What a wonderful lady. She was an inspiration to all who knew her. I'll always remember her smile and laughter. Fond memories of being together at church and of course on our mission trip to Keams Canyon, AZ. What a moment of rejoicing as Jesus welcomed her home and said, "Well done good and faithful servant". What a greeting as she was reunited with her children who had gone on before her. May God's blessings be on you all. She is just resting in the arms of Jesus.

Kay Boyd Clark

April 10, 2019

Thank you , Jan for being a loving and caring teacher who started those kindergarteners off with a love for school .

Rebecca Gillette

April 9, 2019

Mom - You were and are my inspiration. I'm grateful for all you gave to me. I'll continue to love you forever.

Jennifer Davis

April 7, 2019