Janice Ilene Gulliksen passed on March 11,2018- a few weeks short of her 85th birthday. She was born April 7, 1933 to Oliver & Thelma in North Dakota where she grew up happily helping her family by working as a waitress and assisting in raising her 4 younger siblings.
She met and married the love of her life, Allen Gulliksen in 1950. They spent 55 loving years together raising 7 children in Oregon. Janice worked many years at the Portland Expo center before retiring and enjoying precious time with her family. Janice & Allen would travel back and forth to North Dakota numerous times over the years. They enjoyed many family camping adventures, annual road trips to Reno, visiting family in Hood River and The Dalles, Polka dancing at the Eagles and having company stop by to visit for hours at the kitchen table.
Janice was a thoughtful, warm, loving, caring, giving, kind person. Anyone who had the chance to know her was truly blessed to have her in their life. Time spent with her family and friends was always dear to her. She treasured all of her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. Family meant the world to her, whether you called or dropped by to visit, she always made you feel welcome and loved.
Holidays for Janice were a great enjoyment. With her themed sweatshirt and matching earrings she would greet trick or treaters at the door with a smile. Baking for hours on end for Thanksgiving and Christmas just to make sure there was enough food and treats for anyone that stopped by. Seeing kids on any holiday would make her grin from ear to ear knowing how much excitement they held for the occasion, something she was sure to pass onto her family.
Janice enjoyed sewing, crocheting, her crossword puzzles, soaps, simple outings and calling family and friends to simply catch up.
She most recently resided at Assumption village where she enjoyed craft time, outings with neighbors, bingo and coffee time with new and old friends. She embraced life, family and good times.
Janice was proceeded in death by her husband Allen and her daughter Cheryl, she is survived by Gilbert (Kathy), Ellen (Virgil), Colleen (Garth), Greg, Denise, Tommy (Alicia), lots of loved grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
Janice will be greatly missed and always remembered as a loving wife, caring mother, thoughtful friend and kind hearted grandma, great grandma and great great grandma.
Memorials may be made to: Gulliksen GA, 9337 N Central, Portland, OR 97203