Janice Marie Hefner
July 6, 1947 – November 11, 2019
Janice Marie Hefner, 72, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, November 11.
She was born the daughter of Kenneth F. deCordova and Clara Ohls deCordova July 6, 1947 in Oklahoma City. She was raised in Oklahoma City and graduated from Northwest Classen High School in 1965.
Janice attended Central State College and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education in 1971. She was united in marriage with Michael E. Hefner on April 30, 1966. After the births of their three children, Mike and Jan relocated the family to Bartlesville.
She wholeheartedly dedicated herself to making a loving home for her family and took the same dedication to educating students all throughout her life. Janice was a beloved 1st grade teacher at Bartlesville Wesleyan Christian School from 1984-2013. She had a special passion for teaching the foundations of reading, Biblical values and character traits, and the importance of America’s founding fathers. She lovingly referred to her students as her kids.
Janice had a steadfast faithfulness in the Lord and was a longtime member of Highland Park Baptist Church where she served in WMU, Girls in Action, Bible School, Awana, and keeping the nursery for many years. Edmond First Baptist became her church home in 2016. She was very involved in the lives of her children and grandchildren and loved them dearly. Jan also had many cherished friendships and will be deeply missed by those who knew her.
Janice is survived by her sister Jerri Fox; three children, Julie Schmidt and husband Aaron of Bartlesville, OK, Janelle Barham and husband Brian of Joplin, MO, and Steve Hefner and wife Tiffany of Edmond, OK; six grandchildren, Tanner Hefner, Jana Barham, Jeana Barham, Hadley Hefner, Blake Hefner, and Hudson Hefner; and one great-grandchild Tyler Hefner.
Janice is preceded in death by her husband Mike Hefner and parents Kenneth and Clara deCordova.
Viewing will be held Thursday, November 14th 2-8pm at Memorial Park Funeral Home, 13313 N Kelley Ave, OKC, OK 73131. Funeral Services for Mrs. Hefner will be 11:30am, Friday, November 15th, 2019 at Memorial Park Historic Cemetery Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Janice’s name to Wesleyan Christian School of Bartlesville, Oklahoma.
- Wayne Fox, Honorary
- Carl deCordova, Honorary
- Tanner Hefner, Honorary
- Brian Barham, Honorary
- Aaron Schmidt, Honorary
- Dexter Sutterfield, Honorary
- Jim Chastain, Honorary
- Don Hagmaier, Honorary
- Visitation Thursday, November 14, 2019
- Funeral Service Friday, November 15, 2019
Janice Marie Hefner
November 16, 2019
Mrs. Hefner was my daughters first grade teacher. When I first met her, I have to say I had some apprehension. She seemed too strict to be a first grade teacher. That apprehension quickly dissipated as I saw the love she had for my daughter and all her students. She was a wonderful loving person who made sure each of her students got the one on one time they needed to succeed. She will be greatly missed but remembered by the people who knew her forever. Our prayers are with her family and friends at this time.
David & Joan Ray
November 15, 2019
Jan and Mike Hefner were consistently strong Christians whose lifestyle and reputation confirmed it. The family of five were always in church doing God's work. Jan and Mike are now resting in the Lord. To the kids I would say, God bless you and give you peace at this difficult time. Make it your mission to live out your life as God, Mike and Jan would want for you. Our love - David & Joan Ray