Janice was born September 4, 1940 in Wichita, Kansas, to Arthur and Rachel Ledeboer. She was the oldest of 8 children and happily watched her siblings grow up with her. While she was still young, she moved with her family to Salina, Kansas where she stayed all through her high school years. After high school, she went to work for dry cleaners and started attending Brown Mackie School of Business studying shorthand. While working at the dry cleaners, she met a young Airman, Louis Wilson, who was stationed at Schilling AFB, married him on May 28, 1959 and their life adventure began. In that adventure she would give birth to 8 children, he would leave the military, become an over the road truck driver so she could be home with the children and she proudly became a trucker’s wife. With Louis by her side she moved to Arkansas, Missouri, Colorado, and eventually settled in New Mexico to finish raising their family. Everywhere she lived, she would gain many more kids who would call her mom and grandma. During the holiday seasons in Alamogordo, she would open her home to many of the airman who were stationed at Holloman AFB so they had 'a home cooked meal with family' while they were away from home. She passed away at home on December 22, 2020 with family by her side.
Janice is survived by her sister, Alice Jenkins of Houston, Texas; her four sons, William and Robin Wilson of Alamogordo, Art Wilson of Eugene, Oregon, James Wilson and partner Cindy Luepold of Alamogordo, and Louis Wilson Jr. and Regina Wilson of Louisville, Kentucky; her four daughters, Marsha Najera and husband Vince of Cabot, Arkansas, Rachele Dyer and husband John of Alamogordo, Deborah Campbell and husband Pat of Pinos Alto, NM, and Cathy Wilson of Alamogordo. Janice is also survived by 23 grandchildren, 10 grandchildren in love, was ‘Big Nana’ to 25 great grandchildren, including her namesake, Janice Marie, and 2 great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by her in laws.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Louis Wilson Sr.; brothers, Darrell, Larry and Gary Ledeboer; her sisters, Gail Badeaux, Judy McGuire and Linda Leder; and two granddaughters, Holly Wilson and Megan Dyer.
Public viewing will be held on Sunday, January 3, 2021 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Alamogordo Funeral Home Chapel. Graveside services will be held on Monday, January 4, 2021 at 3 p.m. at Monte Vista Cemetery with Randy Borrow officiating. Due to the COVID Pandemic, occupancy at the visitation is limited to no more than 5 people at a time. Further, attendance at the graveside is limited to 5 people as well. Please practice social distancing at all times. Thank you for adhering to the Department of Health mandate.
Pallbearers will be Antonio Cardiel, James Michael Wilson, Michael Dyer, Ivan Harrell, AJ Robedeaux, and Trevor Robedeaux. Honorary Pallbearers will be her grandsons, and great grandsons. Current Covid regulations will be in place, however one of Janice’s children will be available throughout these times to greet guests who come to remember her.
The family would like to thank the staff of Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center, Dr. Sandra Grummert and Alamogordo Home Care and Hospice for all their care and support during this time.
We love and miss you and know you are at peace.
The Wilson family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the services.
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