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Janice Ann "Jan" Wright

December 13, 1941 October 7, 2018
Janice  Ann  "Jan"  Wright
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Janice "Jan" Ann Wright, 76 of Wolcott passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, October 7, 2018.

Jan was born at home on December 13, 1941, in Illinois, to the late Gordon and Mabel Hagen Light.

She was a 1959 graduate of Goodland (IN) High School and went on to graduate with a degree in Interior Design and Arts from Dixon (IL) College.

On December 4, 1960, she married Robert "Rex" Wright in Goodland.

Jan spent her entire career as an artist, florist, and good Samaritan. She opened her first Arts & Crafts store in 1970. The store, Jan’s Creative Shop, was based in a 2-car garage alongside her husband’s general repair business, in Wolcott. Later, she added floral services and changed the name to Jan’s Alley. In 1983, she moved to Lafayette off Teal Road and later to Lafayette’s downtown. Jan taught a floral design school for aspiring florists in the area and continued to teach art and design through her final days. Over the years, she helped hundreds of brides down the aisle, provided many Valentine surprises, and helped families deal with grief by providing beautiful, thoughtful funeral arrangements. She helped Purdue celebrate dignitaries, providing flowers for the Boilermaker Astronaut Reunion, President Beering’s retirement party, and the football program’s Saturday (pre-game) festivities, to name just a few. Most recently, Jan and her husband enjoyed running First Class Clutter Estate Sales and First Class Clutter Antique Store in West Lafayette. Her greatest joy was teaching, and she was quite proud of the role she played in organizing the Artists’ Colony activities at Remington’s Fountain Park Chautauqua. Jan and her daughter, Colleen, would paint for hours and provide other artists with direction and encouragement. She dearly loved the Art Colony at Fountain Park.

Jan was a member of the Indiana Plein Aire Society (artist group) and a Past President of the Psi Iota Psi Sorority in Wolcott. Jan helped co-found the "Cover Lafayette" project, an organization that collects blankets for those in need during the winter months.

Jan loved to dance with her husband Rex and they’d go dancing at every opportunity – often “stealing the show” with their style and grace. She was a pet lover who enjoyed caring for rescue dogs. When possible, she liked to have at least one donkey and a goat, along with their chickens and ducks at the family farm. She loved watching her son Doug race cars, and found great joy in travelling to a variety of art schools with her daughter, Colleen, in Alaska, North Carolina, and other locations.

Everything she touched was a thing of beauty, including the people around her. Jan certainly had a way of making you feel loved and important. She genuinely loved people.

Surviving with her husband, Rex, are her children, Doug (Terri) Wright of Lafayette and Colleen Wright of Kissimmee, FL.

Jan is preceded in death by her brother, Gary Light.

A visitation will be held on Friday, October 12, 2018 from 4-8 p.m. at Fisher Funeral Chapel, Lafayette.

A Funeral Service Celebrating Jan's Life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 13, 2018 with a visitation one hour prior at Fisher Funeral Chapel, Lafayette.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that you please consider making a Memorial Contributions to the Fountain Park Chautauqua Art Colony, or, bring pet food to her services that will be donated to local pet shelters. Envelopes for donations will be provided at the funeral home, and boxes for the pet food will be located on the funeral home’s front porch.

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4:00 PM 10/12/2018 4:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 10/12/2018 8:00:00 PM
Fisher Funeral Chapel & Cremation Services - Lafayette

914 Columbia
Lafayette, IN 47901

Fisher Funeral Chapel & Cremation Services - Lafayette
914 Columbia Lafayette 47901 IN
United States





11:00 AM 10/13/2018 11:00:00 AM
Fisher Funeral Chapel & Cremation Services - Lafayette

914 Columbia
Lafayette, IN 47901

Friends may also call one hour prior to the service at the funeral chapel.

Fisher Funeral Chapel & Cremation Services - Lafayette
914 Columbia Lafayette 47901 IN
United States

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