Janice Jones Lake, 64 of Cambridge, departed this life on Sunday, October 16, 2016 at Chesapeake Woods Nursing Home in Cambridge.
Janice was born on March 21, 1952 in Princeton, North Carolina to the late Aaron Lee and Beulah Spruill-Jones.
Janice was a student in the first class to integrate Princeton High School, Princeton, North Carolina and graduated in 1970. After high school, Janice matriculated to Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville, North Carolina and earned a Bachelor of Science in English/Language Arts and Literature in 1974. Her commitment to lifelong learning lead her to pursue graduate studies at Salisbury State University (now Salisbury University) in Salisbury, Maryland and earned a Master of Arts in English in 1988. Even after obtaining a Master of Arts degree, she completed additional coursework at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland.
Janice was united in Holy Matrimony to the late William Leroy Lake, Sr. “Goose “Lake” on April 9, 1983. This union was blessed with two children: a son, William L. Lake, Jr. of Greensboro, North Carolina and a daughter, Jennifer M. Lake of Cambridge, Maryland to join the elder Lake son, Antwan Lake (Tekisha) of Atlanta, Georgia and their daughter, Kennedy Lake.
Janice dedicated forty years of service to public education. For thirty-six years, she taught seventh and eighth grade English/language arts at North Dorchester Middle School in Hurlock, Maryland. Janice worked briefly for Talbot County Public Schools in Easton, Maryland as the Coordinator of Safe Schools and Health Students. After a brief retirement, she returned to Dorchester County Public School in Cambridge, Maryland as the New Teacher Mentor Coordinator.
Janice was spiritually grounded with a strong religious foundation. At an early age, she joined Mount Zion Bible Church of God in Princeton, North Carolina under the pastorate of Reverend G.W. Winston, Sr. She faithfully attended Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and revivals. After moving to Maryland, she joined Waugh Chapel United Methodist Church in Cambridge, Maryland. As a faithful member of Waugh Chapel, Janice has served as: Lay Speaker, Church Liturgist, Chair of Staff Parish Relations Committee, Missions Committee, United Methodist Women, and sang with Inspirational Voices. She taught Vacation Bible School, attended Bible Study, and supported Waugh Chapel’s soup kitchen, mortgage/building fund. She was a Lay Speaker Instructor for the Peninsula Delaware Conference of the United Methodist Church. Additional involvement includes:
In fall of 1972, Janice was initiated into the Omega Beta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated at Fayetteville State University. For forty four years, she was the epitome of Scholarship, Service, Sisterhood, and Finer Womanhood which she exemplified in all areas of her life. She was a charter member of the Iota Chi Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated and has served in various capacities. Most recently, she served as Basileus of the Iota Chi Zeta Chapter. In 2015, she received the Maryland State Leadership Conference Finer Womanhood Award. She was instrumental in establishing a partnership with Choptank Elementary School under the Adopt a School National Initiative.
Janice served in the United States Army Reserve - 371st Military Police Unit in Seaford, Delaware as a Specialist 5.
During her times of leisure, Janice enjoyed watching movies, Family Feud, the OWN Network and Westerns. She also enjoyed attending Maryland Terrapin football games, JR’s concerts, and Jennifer’s Step Team Performances; reading good books (especially the Bible), shopping for clothes and jewelry, eating and cooking great food, and vacationing with family.
In addition to her three loving children and one grandchild, Janice leaves to cherish her memories three brothers: Billy Spruill (Ida), Shreveport, Louisiana; Charles Jones, Goldsboro, North Carolina; and Kenneth Jones (Vickie), Houston, Texas; and four sisters: Alberta Simmons, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Barbara Rawlings (Rev. Robert), Princeton, North Carolina; Merrion Johnson (Coston), Durham, North Carolina; Gwendolyn Joyner (Wilbert), Largo, Maryland; four sisters-in-law: Geraldine Lake (James), Denton, Maryland; Wanda Hayes (Jerry), Cambridge, Maryland; Tracy Molock (Derrick), Hurlock, Maryland; Cynthia Holland, Elwood, Maryland; one brother-in-law: Billy Quailes, Newport News, Virginia and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. Janice was also blessed to have numerous devoted extended family members and friends.
Janice has joined one brother: Willie Spruill and one sister: Dorothy Spruill Martin Bagley on God’s Celestial Shore