Mary "Janice" Welliver

Mary “Janice” Welliver went home to be with her Lord and Savior Monday,
December 26, 2016 at Regency on Whidbey’s Harbor Care after a long struggle
with dementia.
Born March 14, 1925 in La Crosse, WI, Janice was a daughter of the late Severn
and Mary Kittleson. She was three when the family moved to Tacoma, WA,
where she was later given a little sister, Carol Kay “Joan” (Kittleson) Best. Janice
graduated in the spring of 1944 from Pacific Lutheran High School after being
elected Queen of the May by her classmates. Upon graduation, Janice went to
work at Sears Roebuck in the company’s credit department. Shortly thereafter,
she met Joe Welliver, a handsome soldier returning from World War II after serving
under General Patton. The two were married May 21, 1949 at her parents’ home in Tacoma, WA.
The couple settled in Tacoma for the first few years of their marriage before eventually relocating to Whidbey
Island. They welcomed their one and only child, Steve Welliver, December 28, 1952. Janice stayed at home to
raise Steve while working part-time for her husband, who owned and operated Welliver Plumbing and Electric.
Janice was an active member of Oak Harbor Methodist Church and in her later years, she volunteered at
the Oak Harbor Senior Center. She had a number of friends whom she and Joe enjoyed traveling with, most
notably to locations such as Las Vegas, NV and Victoria, BC. Janice was a talented gardener who also was
known to adopt and care for all kinds of animals. There was never a time in her life when she did not own
one but usually two dogs.
In addition to her parents, Janice will be welcomed into eternal life by her loving husband of 47 years, Joe
Welliver. She leaves to celebrate her life her son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Hazel Welliver of Oak
Harbor, WA, and her sister, Carol Kay “Joan” Best of Tacoma, WA. Known affectionately as “Grandma Jan,”
she also leaves behind three grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and three great great-grandchildren.
Additionally, she is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews, as well as her beloved Schnauzer
The family would like to thank Harbor Care’s nursing and dining staff for their excellent care during Janice’s
last weeks of life. At this time, a celebration of life service is being planned for the spring of 2017 for her
immediate family. Janice will be laid to rest next to her husband in Maple Leaf Cemetery in Oak Harbor, WA.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the donor’s charity of choice. Please visit Janice’s
page in the Book of Memories at to share memories and condolences.
Arrangements are being made under the direction of Wallin Funeral Home in Oak Harbor, WA.