Janis M. (Adams) Marshall-Colby, age 67 of Eliot, formerly of York, died in the early morning hours of December 20th, with her son Jefferey by her side, following a short but courageous battle with cancer. It is comforting to know she is now with her youngest son, Joshua, again.
Janis was born on February 14th, 1954 in Revere, MA, to the late Richard and Josephine (Cavarretta) Adams. She was raised in Malden and Newburyport, MA. In her younger years, she loved dancing and was active in the band as Captain. She graduated in the class of 1972 from Newburyport High School and still stayed friendly with her classmates.
Janis lived most of her life in York, Maine being a devoted mother raising her two sons, F. Jefferey and the late F. Joshua. Love for her boys was demonstrated by the great care she gave them, especially her youngest son, Josh, when he was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at the age of 4. She cared for him throughout his cancer battle until his passing at age 11 in 1992. Her enduring love for her two boys was seen again by supporting her oldest son of his dream to start his own business at a young age.
Janis loved animals, cooking, knitting, and spending time with family and friends. She made many memories camping with her boys and husband, Skip. Her laughter and personality will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
At the time of her passing she was the Program Coordinator at The Center for Active Living in York. For eighteen years, she loved her job very much. She enjoyed planning activities and traveling with members nationally and abroad. Members felt like family to her; she made many new friendships and brightened the day for others.
Janis is survived by her son F. Jefferey Marshall of Eliot, her sister Susan (Adams) Pike and her husband Thomas of Lee, NH, and her nieces Christina and Bethany. She is also survived by her nephew, Rick Audette, and loving members of the Marshall and Colby families.
She was predeceased by her brother Richard E. Adams Jr., and her husbands, Frank D. Marshall, and Arthur “Skip” Colby.
Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, January 4th from 4 to 7pm in the Lucas & Eaton Funeral Home, 91 Long Sands Rd., York, Maine. For you and everyone’s safety, please consider precautions.
Family and friends will gather on Wednesday, January 5th at 11am for a Funeral Mass at St. Christopher’s Church, 4 Barrell Lane, York, Maine. Masks are required.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Center for Active Living at 36 Main Street, York ME 03909, or FuRRR Feline Rescue at 73 Pickering Rd, Unit 99, Rochester NH 03839. Visit www.lucaseatonfuneralhome.com for online condolences.