Janice Withers

Janice Leigh Withers

Tuesday May 18, 1937 - Saturday January 11, 2020
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Janice Leigh Withers, born May 18, 1937, passed away January 11, 2020. She was a retired registered nurse, member of the Cynthiana Baptist Church and the First Baptist Church of Whitesburg, Kentucky.
A proud 1955 alumna of Cynthiana High School, Janice attended Kentucky Baptist Hospital of Nursing, graduating in 1958. Janice, with her best friend Peggy Winn (Banks), boldly answered a call to work at Miners’ Memorial Hospital Association in Whitesburg, Kentucky, for a chance to improve the lives and healthcare of underserved patients in southeastern Kentucky. This choice forever changed her life and the lives of countless others. Janice embraced the challenge and became a fierce champion for those who had none: women, children and miners.
After her time in Whitesburg, Janice returned to her beloved Cynthiana, serving the healthcare needs of her community. She was active in the Cynthiana High School Alumni Association and her church, and was a dedicated, selfless friend to all she knew.
Janice was preceded in death by her parents, Willoughby Withers and Martha (Adams) Browning; her step-father, Willard Browning and her brother, Dr. Joseph Withers. She is survived by her beloved daughters, Karien Maggard and Belinda Jo Maggard, both of Lexington, Kentucky; her sister, Judy (Donnie) Florence of Cynthiana, Kentucky and her devoted longtime companion, Orville Fowler of Cynthiana, Kentucky. She was a much loved “Mimi” to her grandchildren, Kara (Ethan) Holifield of Boise, Idaho and Dalton (Alyssa) Adams of San Diego, California and to her great-grandchildren, Jordan, Chance, Honor, Gracie and Everlee. In addition, Janice is survived by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family who were friends and friends who were family.
A funeral service will be conducted on Saturday, January 18th at 12:00 PM at Ware Funeral Home by Jeremy Northcutt with visitation beginning at 10:00 AM. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the MCTC Foundation, 319 Webster Avenue, Cynthiana, Kentucky 41031. View and sign the guestbook at
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    Saturday, January 18, 2020 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Saturday, January 18, 2020 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Ware Funeral Home
    Address Not Available
  • Service

    Saturday, January 18, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Saturday, January 18, 2020 12:00pm
    Ware Funeral Home
    Address Not Available
    Jeremy Northcutt


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Phyllis Caudill

Posted at 11:48am
I remember Janice from the time she spent in Whitesburg working at ARH Hospital!!! My husband worked with her there and we become friends!!
Many thoughts and prayers for the Family!!!!.

Rita Saltsman

Posted at 04:27pm
So sorry to hear about Ms. Janice. I worked at her doctor’s office and she would ask for me a lot. She came in to the office one day and I introduced myself as I had talked to her so much on the phone I wanted to put a face with the name. I just loved talking to her and helping her with whatever she needed. Prayers and blessings to the family.

John Plunkett

Posted at 02:45pm
Just learned of Janice passing from cousin Jerry Day. Remember great times as kids growing up and sleepovers at Aunt Pearl’s and selling nickel cokes and penny candy in the store Martha Lee ran across the street. Though we were not close any more after college, capping and marriage, I often thought back to wonderful days in Cynthiana. Sweet memories are the substance to overcome our sorrow. Blessings dear cousins though we have never met. May God grant you peace. John Ed Plunkett

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Posted at 09:18am
BJ, ...Im so sorry for your loss. Youre in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time....Carla
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Elaine P. Blackburn

Posted at 10:31pm
So surprised & sorry to hear of Janice’s passing.She was a great supporter of CHS alumni and friend for many years.Rest in peace my friend and may God be with your loved ones.

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