Janet Vivian Sillyman, 73, daughter of Chester and Mayme (Lockmiller) Anika, was born March 6, 1938, in Clara, Mo. She passed away July 4, 2011, at her home in Clara, Mo.
Janet grew up in the Clara community. She attended elementary and high school in Houston, graduating as valedictorian in 1956. She then attended Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo. That same year on Nov. 23, 1956, she married Jerry Sillyman. They enjoyed over 54 years together.
Janet worked as an accountant for Civil Service at McConnell Air Base in Wichita, Kan., for more than 20 years.
Janet was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Leroy Anika and Leland Anika; a half-brother, Virgil Anika; and one nephew, Steven Anika.
She is survived by her husband, Jerry Sillyman; one sister, Nancy Halford and husband, Thurlo, of Batesville, Ark.; brothers-in-law, Jim and wife, Joan Sillyman, of Lees Summit, Mo., and Joe Sillyman of Dixon, Mo.; two sisters-in-law, Ruby Anika of DeRidder, La., and Gloria Anika of Calif.; and several nieces and nephews.
Janet had a zest for life that was very evident by the way she handled the diagnosis of arthritis at the age 25. She was strong willed and persevered in spite of the crippling disease. She did not let anything slow her down until the last five years, when she became homebound. She spent her time reading and enjoying time spent with family and friends. You could often find Janet and Jerry working together on their farm where they raised Hereford Cattle.
She will be missed by the many family and friends who knew her.
Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday, July 7, at Evans Funeral Home. Services are 2 p.m. Friday, July 8, at Evans Funeral Home with Pastor Kenneth Gibson officiating. Burial will be in Dykes Cemetery. Pallbearers are T.W. Halford, Jr, Justin Halford, Lance Halford, Zac Crowl, Blaine French, and Brad Hinkle. Honorary pallbearers are Maury James, Steve Collins and Doyle Hutsell.
Memorials may be made to American Arthritis Foundation. Online condolences may be sent to www.evanfh.com.