Alma Janice Hill was born January 17, 1950 to Ima Josephine Hill and Minor Tate in Chicago Illinois. Alma, affectionately called Janice for practically her entire life, attended Medill Elementary School. After graduation Janice attended the Lucy Flowers high school but transferred just after one semester to CVS (Chicago Vocational High School), where she graduated in June, 1968. Soon afterwards, Janice began her career with Illinois Bell in 1969, and in the following year on June 13, 1970, Janice married Gerald Jenkins. Of this union their only child Ericka Deneen Jenkins was born on November 21, 1973.
Janice loved her family. She was a devoted mother, a doting grandmother and the “cool” auntie. Janice loved a good party, good music, and a good concert. She loved entertaining her family for holiday dinners. She was an excellent cook and “special dinners” were always an event the family looked forward to enjoying.
In 1999 after 30 years of service, Janice retired from Illinois Bell. Soon after, she developed a hobby and love for riding horses. Wearing her stylish Stetson hats and snakeskin boots, Janice would frequently travel to Kankakee Illinois with friends to ride and care for the horses. Janice also volunteered her time as an office administrator at the Ward Memorial Baptist Church in Chicago, where she was a member until her relocation in 2008.
In December of 2008 Janice, her daughter Ericka, and her three grandchildren, moved to Bull Head City, Arizona. Janice was a devoted mother and grandmother. She assisted in the care of her 3 grandchildren. Whenever she was needed, weather it required chauffeuring the children to school or cheer-leading practice, or supporting fund-raisers for their extra-curricular activities, Janice was always there to lend her support.
Janice transitioned on March 28,2021. She is preceded in death by her parents Ima Josephine Hill and Minor Tate, her brothers Hilton, Gerald and Joseph Preston Hill, and her sister Joyce Pleasant. She leaves to cherish her memory her daughter Ericka, her grandson Sidney Marcellous Dykes, and twin granddaughters Kiarah Mikal Holmes and Jordan Dominique Holmes. Janice also leaves behind her loving brother John and sister-in-law Brenda, her best friend since the 4th grade Denise Thomas, as well as a host of nieces, nephews and friends.