Janice Clare Marshall passed away suddenly on March 8th, 2016 at the age of 83. She was a resident of Hacienda Carmel and suffered a heart attack while playing bridge in the club house with her husband and friends. Born to Morris and Lillian (Hauge) Kimball, Jan grew up on the family farm in Elgin, Minnesota. She was the oldest of four children, Kaye, Pat, and Tom and always had a love of adventure. She left home at the age of 14 to attend high school in Crookston, MN, and from there went to Antioch College in Ohio, where she studied liberal arts. Through Antioch’s work study programs, she had the opportunity to travel to several cities and work at many interesting jobs. She decided to move out to California in 1956. She made it as far as Taos, New Mexico, where she found a job as a camp counselor for the summer where her love of music and singing was on display around the campfire. Jan continued westward and ran out of money in Reno, Nevada, so she got a job at a casino as a Keno runner and a blackjack dealer. A few months later, with money in hand, she made it to California and found work at UC Berkeley. Her boss was so impressed with her work ethic and intelligence, he gave her a scholarship to their graduate teaching program where she received her teaching credential. She then moved to San Francisco and started teaching 8th grade in San Mateo. It was during this time that she met the love of her life, Thomas L Marshall and soon after they were married in Carmel, CA, in 1960.
Jan and Tom moved to Fremont and started their family. Tom started a roofing company that grew to have two locations, San Jose and San Diego. They moved to Rancho Santa Fe in 1969. Jan was a volunteer at the local library and sang in the church choir. Five years later they moved back to Northern California and settled in Hollister. She went into real estate and got her broker’s license. Jan worked with Tom to start a roofing supply business in 1978 and then in 1982 they started Cedar Valley, a siding manufacturer. In 1987, Jan talked Tom into buying a building in Hollister where they moved Cedar Valley and they still operate there today. Through the 90’s, she worked in the office helping build the sales of the siding panels. Her skill on the phone and her gift of gab tripled the company sales in 5 years.
Through all her journeys, she was always a loving and supportive person, going out of her way to help others. She opened her house to several teenagers that needed help. She also provided family members with a place to live while they got back on their feet. She loved everyone and always wanted to help. She also loved to sing. She sang in many different groups over the years and would break into song at any occasion. She never met a stranger and loved all of her friends and neighbors. She was a treasure and will be missed.
Janice is survived by her loving husband Tom, her son Geoffrey of Avila Beach, CA, her son Scott and his wife Amara (Ivancovich) of Hollister, CA. her grandchildren Sarah Marshall, Jesseka Seteroff, John Thomas Marshall, Lauren Marshall, and Daniel Marshall and her great granddaughter Thea Bruns, her sister Kaye (Jack) Ronda of Sequim, WA, her brother Tom (Dolores) of Colorado Springs, CO, and her many nieces and nephews and cousins. She is preceded in death by her daughter, Kimberly Anne Marshall, her brother, Pat Kimball, and her parents.
Services will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, May 28th, 2016 at the Community Church of the Monterey Peninsula. 4590 Carmel Valley Rd. Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA.