Janice E. Edwards

Janice Elizabeth (Sachs) Edwards, 90, passed away October 12, 2017, in Sarasota, FL, of natural causes.

Janice (“Jan”) was born February 18, 1927, in Gettysburg, PA, to Luther Irvin Sachs and Nora Hartzell Sachs. Jan was a triplet; she and her two brothers were the first set of triplets to be born in Adams County. Jan attended grade school and high school in Gettysburg before moving to Williamsport, PA to attend Dickinson Junior College (now known as Lycoming College). She completed her education in 1947, graduating with an associate’s degree in commerce and finance. Throughout her college career, she was an active member on campus, singing in two choirs, cheerleading, and working as a member of the yearbook staff. She was an active swimmer and enjoyed playing basketball. After graduating, Jan worked in New York City, in merchandizing, before settling in Williamsport. Jan married William Harrison Edwards on September 10, 1949.

Jan was Miss Adams County and the runner-up in the Miss Pennsylvania beauty pageant in 1947. She absolutely loved music and sang in the church choir. She was a competitive person and an avid golfer, once beating the reigning Pennsylvania State Champion in a match play tournament. She thoroughly enjoyed watching professional football and other sporting events. Jan had diverse interests, as well, teaching yoga and co-founding Decor Creations, in Williamsport, where she demonstrated her creative skills, making artificial arrangements and decorative wreaths. Jan always enjoyed her grandchildren’s achievements, attending many of their baseball, softball and soccer games. Above all, she was a loving wife and mother, sister, aunt, grandmother of eight and great-grandmother of three.

Jan was a sweet, humble, sincere, positive and respectful person, who lived life with grace and great joy. She made many friends throughout her life and deeply loved her husband and family.

Survivors include Bill, her husband of 68 years; son Mark Hamilton Edwards and wife Yoshie Edwards of West Windsor, NJ; daughter Kimberly Ann Rawson and husband Richard Rawson of Seattle, WA; son William Russ Edwards and wife Debra Edwards of Sarasota, FL; son Wesley Dunbar Edwards and wife Lynne Edwards of Mount Laurel, NJ; grandchildren Christopher Rawson, Brett Rawson, Chelsey Desmond and husband Ian Desmond, Kyle Edwards and wife Jennifer Edwards, Emily Edwards, Taylor Edwards, Emiko Edwards, Marisa Edwards; and great-grandchildren Grayson Desmond, Cruz Desmond and Ashton Desmond.

Jan’s sisters Mindelle Lobbett, Eva Orwig, brothers Rodney Sachs, Ross Sachs, Robert Sachs and triplet brothers Luther I. Sachs, Jr. and Jack Sachs preceded her in death.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m., on Friday, October 20, 2017, at Pine Shores Presbyterian Church, 6135 Beechwood Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34231. The service will be followed by a light reception. The service will be webcast live at pineshorespres.org.

A tribute/memorial donation may be made to a charity of choice in lieu of flowers.

Submitted by family.