Janice Faye Morton, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend went home to be with her Heavenly Father on Monday, February 14, 2022. She was blessed to be able to visit with her extended family and friends and was surrounded by her loved ones in her last days. Her family was not ready to let her go – it was just too soon - but she looked forward to reuniting with those she loved who have gone before her, especially her only son, Joseph Logan Morton. Even still, her favorite role was "Gigi" and she was heartbroken to leave her precious grandchildren behind.
Janice was born August 25, 1953 in Nacogdoches, TX, daughter of the late Cliff and Cornelia Holloway, the youngest in a large, close-knit family. After graduating from Broaddus High School, Janice went on to complete cosmetology school and began her career as a hairdresser, which she continued throughout her adult life. On May 23, 1975, she married the love of her life, Gary Morton, and he married “the prettiest girl in East Texas”. Together, they made their home in the Goodwin community of San Augustine. Their 46 years of devotion to one another was the foundation of their family and a standard against which all others were measured.
She dedicated her life to her husband, her children, and later her grandchildren. She was a long-time member of Attoyac Missionary Baptist Church, but most importantly, she was a strong woman of faith with a fierce loyalty to her family. For her husband and children, she was the rock of the family; unwavering and steadfast, even when she disagreed with them. When her children were growing up, there were always hot meals on the table after school, clean basketball and cheerleading uniforms ready for each game, and each one’s favorite homemade cake to celebrate each birthday. She made sure she was on the sidelines of all of their activities and she also made sure they were in the pews at church every Sunday morning. She was generous beyond measure and opened her home to any and all of their friends. Later in life, she could often be heard saying how proud she was of her daughters and her favorite pastime was being with her grandkids. She found joy in spending quality time with them, attending their activities, and celebrating their accomplishments. One of her favorite activities was rocking her grandbabies and some of her most treasured days were when the whole family was home again, gathered in the kitchen cooking everyone's favorite meals.
When she was not caring for her family, Janice gave of her time and talents to the church she loved, serving as church secretary for many years. She had a passion and a heart for the elderly and pampered her clients in the nursing home. She would sit beside them and listen when others would not, making them feel beautiful and seen. She could also be found sitting around a card table playing 42 with her family or reliving old memories with her childhood friend, Renee’ Davis (Wall). She and Renee’ were complete opposites, yet somehow brought out the best in one another. But the free time she enjoyed most of all was quilting with her daughter, Anjanette, and her close friends from church - creating beautiful keepsake gifts for members of the community and her extended family. She was truly the definition of a virtuous woman (Proverbs 31: 25-31) and will be dearly missed by all who were blessed to know her.
Her spirit is carried on by her loving husband, Gary Morton, her daughters and sons-in-law Don and Anjanette Jackson of Johnson City, Howard and Felicia Choi of Cypress, Saul and Larita Reyna of San Augustine, and Cade and Morgan Culbreth of Montgomery, as well as her adored grandchildren: Olivia Reyna, Samuel Choi, Walker Jackson, Marshall Jackson, Zachary Choi, Carter Culbreth, Cora Jackson, Aspen Morton, Grayson (Sugar Bear) Culbreth, and Kathryn Culbreth. She is also survived by her brother and sister-in-law Dean and Elaine Holloway, sisters-in-law Kaye Pike, Faye Holloway, and Helen Holloway, a multitude of nieces and nephews that she loved unconditionally, and a host of long-time friends. In addition to her son, Logan, and her parents, Cliff and Cornelia Holloway, Janice is preceded in death by her brothers Nolan Holloway, Joe Vance Holloway, and Larry Holloway, her sister Marita Norton, and her brother-in-law James Norton.
A celebration of Janice's life will be held at 11am on Saturday, February 26, 2022 at Attoyac Baptist Church located at 600 FM 3316 in San Augustine County. Officiating will be Brother Skipper Eberlan. Interment will follow at the Attoyac Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery. While flowers are a welcome and appreciated expression of sympathy, the family asks that if you are so moved, you make a contribution to the Attoyac Missionary Baptist Church Building Fund in her memory, Attn: Michael Butler, 11501 FM 1277, San Augustine, TX 75972. For questions, please call Michael at 936-275-8370.
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