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MRS. JANICE STANTON
MRS. JANICE STANTON
Janice Edwina Stanton was born in Houston, Texas on February 26th, 1946 to Claude and Annie Laurie Norwood. Janice, affectionately called “Koko” by close family and friends, was the oldest of three children.
In the early 1950’s, the Norwood Family moved to Berkeley, California where they would raise their three children on 2913 Newbury Street. As a youth, Janice was involved in ballet, performed in plays and took up piano. She attended Catholic school as a youth and graduated from Berkeley High School in 1963.
At the tender age of 21, she married Angelo N. Stanton, Sr. on February 26th, 1967; her 21st birthday. The Stantons' purchased their first house soon after in Richmond, CA and started a family. In 1969, they welcomed Angelo, Jr. (Angie) into the fold. Janice attended Contra Costa College and eventually went on to graduate from Cal State Hayward with a degree in Child Psychology and Human Development.
In 1975, the Stanton Family moved to the Capay Valley and purchased a house and land in Guinda, CA. With a willing spirit, she gave the “country life” a chance and never looked back.
As a true helpmate and life partner, Janice would support, attend and participate in her husband’s fishing, boating, camping, hunting and drag racing endeavors. Janice became a “rare gem” in not only her husband’s eyes, but in his buddies' eyes too. Angelo Stanton would be reminded many times over throughout the years that he was a very blessed man to have found a wife like Koko - a truly beautiful person inside and out and a great cook.
In 1977, tragedy struck the Stanton Family. The accidental drowning in the family swimming pool of their adopted two-year-old son, Dominic “Mickey” Michael Stanton, was devastating. Trying to find comfort and understanding, the Stanton Family came to know the Lord Jesus. Angelo and Janice were encouraged to adopt again and became foster parents to Richard and his sister, Erica. Another heartbreak tested their faith once again as Richard and Erica’s biological father would take them back shortly after they had become a part of the Stanton Family. Keeping the faith, and showing the love from within, Angelo and Janice persevered and were blessed with their daughter, Susan. Janice thoroughly enjoyed being a wife, homemaker and mother. As her children became older, Janice worked as an account representative for Central Bank in Esparto, CA for eight years.
After attending church at Christ Temple Apostolic Church under Pastor Robert B. Holman, Sr. in Sacramento, CA and then Restoration Christian Ministries under Bishop Robert D. Young in Oakland, CA for many years, the Stantons' started their own ministry in 1984 in Fairfield, CA. As the First Lady of Bible Way Community Church, Janice combined her love of the Lord and reading. In 1986, Janice opened up Living Waters Bible Bookstore in Fairfield, CA.
In 1998, Angelo and Janice began attending New Testament Church under Pastor Douglas Zeck. After a few years in the early 2000’s, the Stantons' partnered with The Greb Family and began their current co-ministry; the Capay Valley Christian Fellowship Church in Guinda, CA.
Janice was always a strong, brave and silent fighter, as she endured several major surgeries before the age of 23. In her late 30’s, she was diagnosed with diabetes and as time went on she developed hypertension and renal failure in her later years, but never complained or really discussed it with anyone, except with those that knew. Janice was always more concerned with others and their well-being and made it a point to engage in heartfelt conversations with family, friends and strangers.
Janice was preceded in death by her father, Claude P. Norwood, her mother, Annie Laurie Norwood and her sister, Lisa A. Norwood.
She leaves to cherish her memory: her husband, Angelo N. Stanton, Sr. of Guinda; her son, Dr. Angelo N. Stanton, Jr. of Guinda; her daughter, Susan S. Towner of Sacramento; her brother, Donald P. Norwood (wife, Linda) of San Juan Bautista; her sister-in-law, Beverly Neblett of El Cerrito; her brother-in-law, Floyd R. Stanton of Boise, ID; her sister-in-law, Jewell L. Jackson of San Diego; her grandchildren, Kennedy R. Stanton, D’Andre Stanton, Shayla Towner, Kiari Towner and nephews, Claude J. Eakins, Donald A. Barksdale, Derek Barksdale, Sevio Stanton and a host of other loving relatives and friends.
Janice will be remembered for the love she gave to her family and friends; but above all, for her love of the Lord.