Jan­ice Jones Lake

Dorchester Star - - Obituaries -

CAM­BRIDGE — Jan­ice Jones Lake, 64, of Cam­bridge, MD, de­parted this life on Sun­day, Oct. 16, 2016, at Ch­e­sa­peake Woods Nurs­ing Home in Cam­bridge.

Jan­ice was born on March 21, 1952 in Prince­ton, NC, to the late Aaron Lee and Beu­lah Spruill-Jones.

Jan­ice was a stu­dent in the first class to in­te­grate Prince­ton High School, Prince­ton, NC, and grad­u­ated in 1970. Af­ter high school, Jan­ice ma­tric­u­lated to Fayet­teville State Univer­sity in Fayet­teville, NC, and earned a Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence in English/Lan­guage Arts and Lit­er­a­ture in 1974. Her com­mit­ment to life­long learn­ing led her to pur­sue grad­u­ate stud­ies at Sal­is­bury State Univer­sity (now Sal­is­bury Univer­sity) in Sal­is­bury, MD, and earned a Mas­ter of Arts in English in 1988. Even af­ter ob­tain­ing a Mas­ter of Arts de­gree, she com­pleted ad­di­tional course­work at Wash­ing­ton Col­lege in Ch­ester­town, MD.

Jan­ice was united in Holy Mat­ri­mony to the late Wil­liam Leroy Lake Sr. “Goose Lake” on April 9, 1983. This union was blessed with two chil­dren: a son, Wil­liam L. Lake Jr. of Greens­boro, NC and a daugh­ter, Jen­nifer M. Lake of Cam­bridge, MD, to join the el­der Lake son, Ant­wan Lake (Tek­isha) of At­lanta, GA, and their daugh­ter, Kennedy Lake.

Jan­ice ded­i­cated 40 years of ser­vice to pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion. For 36 years, she taught sev­enth and eighth grade English/Lan­guage Arts at North Dorch­ester Mid­dle School in Hur­lock, MD. Jan­ice worked briefly for Tal­bot County Pub­lic Schools in Eas­ton, MD, as the Co­or­di­na­tor of Safe Schools and Health Stu­dents. Af­ter a brief re­tire­ment, she re­turned to Dorch­ester County Pub­lic School in Cam­bridge, as the New Teacher Men­tor Co­or­di­na­tor.

Jan­ice was spir­i­tu­ally grounded with a strong re­li­gious foun­da­tion. At an early age, she joined Mount Zion Bi­ble Church of God in Prince­ton, NC, un­der the pas­torate of Rev­erend G.W. Win­ston Sr. She faith­fully at­tended Sun­day School, Va­ca­tion Bi­ble School, and re­vivals. Af­ter mov­ing to Mary­land, she joined Waugh Chapel United Methodist Church in Cam­bridge. As a faith­ful mem­ber of Waugh Chapel, Jan­ice has served as: Lay Speaker, Church Li­tur­gist, Chair of Staff Parish Re­la­tions Com­mit­tee, Mis­sions Com­mit­tee, United Methodist Women, and sang with In­spi­ra­tional Voices. She taught Va­ca­tion Bi­ble School, at­tended Bi­ble Study, and sup­ported Waugh Chapel’s soup kitchen, mort­gage/build­ing fund. She was a Lay Speaker In­struc­tor for the Penin­sula Delaware Con­fer­ence of the United Methodist Church. Ad­di­tional in­volve­ment in­cludes: In fall of 1972, Jan­ice was ini­ti­ated into the Omega Beta Chap­ter of Zeta Phi Beta Soror­ity, In­cor­po­rated at Fayet­teville State Univer­sity. For 44 years, she was the epit­ome of Schol­ar­ship, Ser­vice, Sis­ter­hood, and Finer Wo­man­hood which she ex­em­pli­fied in all ar­eas of her life. She was a char­ter mem­ber of the Iota Chi Zeta Chap­ter of Zeta Phi Beta Soror­ity, In­cor­po­rated and has served in var­i­ous ca­pac­i­ties. Most re­cently, she served as Basileus of the Iota Chi Zeta Chap­ter. In 2015, she re­ceived the Mary­land State Lead­er­ship Con­fer­ence Finer Wo­man­hood Award. She was in­stru­men­tal in es­tab­lish­ing a part­ner­ship with Chop­tank Ele­men­tary School un­der the Adopt a School Na­tional Ini­tia­tive.

Jan­ice served in the United States Army Re­serve — 371st Mil­i­tary Police Unit in Seaford, DE, as a Spe­cial­ist 5.

Dur­ing her times of leisure, Jan­ice en­joyed watch­ing movies, Fam­ily Feud, the OWN Net­work and Westerns. She also en­joyed at­tend­ing Mary­land Ter­rapin foot­ball games, JR’s con­certs, and Jen­nifer’s Step Team Per­for­mances; read­ing good books (es­pe­cially the Bi­ble), shop­ping for clothes and jew­elry, eating and cook­ing great food, and va­ca­tion­ing with fam­ily.

In ad­di­tion to her three lov­ing chil­dren and one grand­child, Jan­ice leaves to cher­ish her memories three broth­ers: Billy Spruill (Ida), Shreve­port, LA; Charles Jones, Golds­boro, NC; and Ken­neth Jones (Vickie), Hous­ton, TX; and four sis­ters: Al­berta Sim­mons, Har­ris­burg, PA; Bar­bara Rawl­ings (Rev. Robert), Prince­ton, NC; Mer­rion John­son (Cos­ton), Durham, NC; Gwen­dolyn Joyner (Wil­bert), Largo, MD; four sis­ters-in-law: Geral­dine Lake (James), Den­ton, MD; Wanda Hayes (Jerry), Cam­bridge, MD; Tracy Molock (Der­rick), Hur­lock, MD; Cyn­thia Hol­land, El­wood, MD; one brother-in-law: Billy Quailes, New­port News, VA, and a host of nieces, neph­ews and cousins. Jan­ice was also blessed to have nu­mer­ous de­voted ex­tended fam­ily mem­bers and friends.

Jan­ice has joined one brother: Wil­lie Spruill and one sis­ter: Dorothy Spruill Martin Bagley on God’s Ce­les­tial Shore.

Ser­vices will be held at 11 a.m. Satur­day, Oct. 22, at Waugh Chapel UM Church, 425 High St., Cam­bridge, with a view­ing from 6 to 8 p.m. Fri­day and one hour prior to ser­vice. In­ter­ment in Wood­lawn Me­mo­rial Park, Eas­ton, MD.

Con­do­lences sent to www. hen­ry­fu­ner­al­homepa.com.


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