Jan René Fenton

Jan René Fenton, age 55 of Maryville, IL, born June 16, 1962 in Alton, IL, went to be with her Lord and Savior on April 9, 2018.

Jan grew up in Collinsville, IL, graduated in 1980 from Collinsville High School, and went on to earn her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She worked for Children’s Hospital in St. Louis as a registered pediatric nurse for many years. Her passion in life was helping sick and injured children, and she saved many lives. She met her husband, Rick, at a Cardinal's baseball game, an activity they shared a love of together. She loved her children and family dearly, and loved being a mom. She was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Collinsville.

Jan was preceded in death by her father, Donald Arthur Pries.

She is survived by her mother, Judith (nee Kruger) Pries of Collinsville, IL; her husband, Rick Fenton of Maryville IL, whom she married on April 21, 1990; two daughters, Corinne Fenton of Dallas, TX and Lydia Fenton of Maryville, IL; and two sisters: Jill (Allen) Clapp of Boulder Creek, CA and Juliet Pries of San Francisco, CA.

A memorial visitation will be held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Collinsville IL on Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., immediately followed by a memorial service beginning at 11 a.m. officiated by Rev. Michael Walther, Rev. Kyle Wright and Rev. Scott Adle.

Donations can be made to the Fenton Family Tragedy Fund, set up by the family to defer ongoing expenses for the surviving family members and future medical care for Lydia, who was critically injured in the accident: https://www.gofundme.com/ddcch-fenton-family-tragedy-fund

Memorials may also be made to The Parkinson’s Foundation, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, or Holy Cross Lutheran Church and will be accepted at the visitation or may be mailed to Barry Wilson Funeral Home, 2800 N. Center St., Maryville IL 62062.


Ode to Jan

We lost another loved one, mother, daughter and friend;

It does not seem fair to us, her sad, untimely end.

God took her from us early, before her light turned dim;

We want to cite an error, and sadly question Him.

He greets us with a warm hug, and asks, “Why do you weep?

Through her steady faith in me, she only lays, asleep.

She soon will be awoken, in heaven’s morning new,

And sit under an oak tree to gladly wait for you.”

He gives a view of heaven, where no one will grow old;

The trees ablaze with flowers, the streets are paved with gold.

It is a new creation, where bodies do not wear;

The warmth and light of Jesus pervade the morning air.

We lost another loved one, sister, cousin and wife.

We can be sure through Jesus, that after death is life.

And though our hearts are broken, and though this world has sin,

We have sure faith in God’s Word, we will see Jan again.

(By: Lyle Wetzel, April 11, 2018)

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