In Loving Memory…

Janice Naser

Janice Naser, 94, of Sedalia, passed away Saturday, April 22, 2017, after a short illness, surrounded by family and friends.

She was born August 30, 1922, in Silver Creek, NE, daughter of Jasper W. and Louise Pearl “Lula” James Mickens.

Janice lived in Chicago for several years, before returning to Sedalia when she retired. While in Chicago she worked for Worldbook Encyclopedia as an administrative assistant.

Janice was a Christian and served the Lord through East Sedalia Baptist Church, where she was involved in various ministries.

She was active in the community, volunteering for many organizations, including the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, and had been awarded Volunteer of the Year in 2012 jointly with her friend, Leo Lewis, by the Center for Human Services. In 2005, Janice received “The President’s Volunteer Service Award” with the accompanying letter from President George Bush. Janice was always willing to do anything to help people.

When she wasn’t doing volunteer work and found the time, Janice enjoyed reading, sewing, crocheting, listening to music, and playing board and computer games.

Surviving are her son, Joseph Naser, and his wife, Ingrid, whom Janice referred to as her daughter, of Redwood City, CA; her sister, Ruth Franklin, of Sedalia; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by three siblings, Kenneth Mickens, Harold Mickens and Jane Allen; and her special friend, Leo Lewis.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 27, at Heckart Funeral Home, with the Rev. Dr. Daryl Stagg officiating.

Casket bearers will be David Bergman Sr., David Bergman Jr., Don McMullin, John Hoffman, Jerry Laudenberger and Russell Dedrick.

Honorary bearers will be Charlie Bahner, Chris Kowalski, Leonard Butler, Don Morton, Wayne Stackhouse, Jeannie Bergman, Stephanie Dedrick, Linda Hoffman, Becky Carver, Christine Riley, Annie Craig, Felicia Conn and Patricia McMullin.

Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, at Heckart Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to American Cancer Society or East Sedalia Baptist Church.


  1. So sorry to lose sweet Janice and so very sorry to miss the celebration of her life, my condolences to Joseph, Ingrid and Ruth. We are in Florida during this time.
    Love to all the family
    Debbie (Staggs) Estey

  2. Marijo Svojse :

    Dear Joe and Ingrid,

    We were all so sorry to hear of your Dear Mom’s passing but encouraged that you were both able to have good conversations and be present in her final days!

    A faithful lady who lived her life to the glory of God and now can peacefully spend eternity with Him! Memory Eternal Janice!

    Prayers for both of you during the difficult days ahead.

    With much love,
    The Svojse and Naser Families ❤⚘❤

  3. Dear Joseph and Ingrid, as well as my dear friend, Ruth,
    My heart is heavy for your loss, but it is smiling because I know of the relationship that Janice had with Jesus as her personal Savior.
    I loved visiting with Janice, and when I would take her to HBA Adult Bible Study, and we would return to her home, we would often just sit in the car and talk. She was so soft-spoken as she shared her life with me. Oh my, such an interesting life. I loved Janice and she was my sister-in-Christ.
    When we went to eat Chinese, I enjoyed our fellowship so much. The depth of her knowledge on most given subjects was invaluable. I was always amazed at the vastness.
    I will miss your mom, sister, and aunt. We will see her again, and knowing she has claimed her reward in heaven makes me smile even more. Please accept my condolence. May God provide comfort and peace for each of you.

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