Alice Geraldeen Wilson Warkentin Janzen, 87
Alice Geraldeen Wilson Warkentin Janzen, 87, sang her way into heaven and eternal rest at 7 p.m. on Oct. 28, 2017.
She was living in Abbotsford, British Columbia. Alice was born on Feb. 19, 1930 in Butte, Mont. The family was living in Cornucopia, Ore. when she started school. In 1937, the family moved to Murray, Idaho. Her dad worked in the Jack Waite mine. His back was crushed in 1938, and in 1941 they moved to Dalton Gardens, Idaho.
Alice graduated from Coeur d’Alene Senior High School in 1947. She was a lovely princess in one of the Fourth of July parades. She was known for her singing voice. She sang at Vic and Kathryn Eachons’ wedding. She made tapes and records and discs that are heard around the world.
Alice became a teller at Idaho First National Bank in 1949. One day a co-worker asked Alice if she had read the number one book in the world. She was an avid reader. Alice said no. The co-worker gave Alice a Bible. The co-worker then invited Alice to the First Baptist Church on Fifth and Wallace. Alice confessed her transgressions and became a Christian.
Alice went to Three Hills Prairie Bible Institute in Canada for four years. Alice was directed by the Lord to go to Africa. In language school, she met her future husband, Art Warkentin. They were married in April of 1956.
They served in Nigeria for 31 years as missionaries. In 1987, they moved to Abbotsford, B.C. They continued going to Nigeria to visit their oldest daughter, Helene, who was a missionary with her husband, Chris Zoolkoski. In 2006, Art was killed in a car accident in Vernen, B.C., just two months before their 50th anniversary. In 2008, Alice went to Niger to see Helene in her final days of cancer.
In 2011, Alice had a cancer laden kidney removed in Vernen, B.C. Alice married Helmut Janzen in 2012. In 2015, Alice’s cancer appeared in her right lung. In July 2016, Helmut died. Preceding Alice’s death are Art and Helmut, her husbands, and Helene, her oldest daughter. Surviving Alice are daughters, Patty Coster of Redmond, Wash., Kathleen Haak of Vernen, B.C., Barbie Patterson of Abbotsford, B.C.; son, Andrew Warkentin of Prince George, Canada; brother, Jack Wilson of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; sister, Gladys Nyberg of Casa Grande, Ariz. and half sister, Carol Nantwi of Williamsburg, Va.
A memorial will be held in Abbotsford, B.C. on Nov. 14, 2017.