Janice elaine Farmer Park Dring
Janice Elaine Farmer Park Dring of Pompton Plains, NJ, and formerly of Rockville, MD and Eureka, KS, passed away peacefully on July 1st with her husband of 51 years, Lincoln (Lon) Dring Jr, by her side. She led a rich and full life as a wife, mother, nana, nurse, world traveler, family genealogist, children’s book author and doll collector extraordinaire.
Jan was the only child of Jennetta and Junius Farmer and raised in Eureka, KS. With the plan to see the world, she married Air Force officer, Curtis Gene Park. They first lived in Dayton, OH, where Cheryl was born, and then settled in Silver Spring, MD. After Gene’s very early and unexpected death, Janice was a single mom for six years before marrying Lon, a Presbyterian minister. They moved to Washington, D.C. where David was born. Lon’s new career brought them to Rockville, MD for many happy years. They enjoyed a second home at Coolfont in Berkeley Springs, WV. With the arrival of grandchildren, they decided to move to Cedar Crest in Pompton Plains, NJ, to be closer to them.
Janice graduated from Kansas State University with a Baccalaureate in Nursing and Home Economics and earned a Masters in Nursing from the University of Maryland. She worked many years in nursing as a staff nurse, college Professor of Nursing at UDC, at the Visiting Nurse Association, and several Montgomery County public schools.
Janice was a very long and active member of Silver Spring Presbyterian Church. She volunteered with League of Women Voters, Older Women’s League and was a dedicated alum of Kansas State. She was a collector, especially of dolls, and belonged to doll clubs. She fulfilled her dream by travelling all over the world with Lon.
Janice is survived by her husband, Lincoln; her daughter, Cheryl Park Kupersmith and husband Michael; son, David Lincoln Dring and daughter-in-law, Karen; her grandchildren, Oscar, Josephine, and Adelais Dring; Sam and Cy Kupersmith; brother-in-law William Dring and wife, Janet Dring; nephew Barton Dring and wife, Mary Dring; niece, Susan Dring Wohlgenant, and several grandnieces and grandnephews.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Cedar Crest and Caring People for many years of thoughtful and kind care, and especially Tonaiya Wilson, for her many years of devotion to mom.
A Memorial is planned for Saturday, September 7th, 2pm, at Mountainview Garden Room, Cedar Crest, Pompton Plains, NJ. Janice’s ashes will be interred at Silver Spring Presbyterian Church Memorial Garden, Silver Spring, MD at the family’s convenience. In lieu of flowers, consider donating to League of Women Voters or EMILY’s List. And Jan would want you to VOTE!
To send online condolences to the family please visit www.scanlanfuneralhome.com.