Janice Morton, 80, of Abilene passed away at Hendrick Medical Center on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2008. Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24, at Piersall Benton Chapel, 733 Butternut St., with Pastor Tim Temple officiating. Burial will follow at the Abilene City Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.
Janice was born on Nov. 3, 1928, to Seaborn H. Skelton and Essie Mae Waldrop Skelton in Winters, Texas. She was a graduate of San Angelo High School and moved to Abilene after graduation. In 1947 she was married to Sam A. Cornelius at the Victory Bible Center in Abilene, and together they had three children, Caron, Eunice and Kevin. Sam passed away in 1961, and in 1964 she was married to Newton Morton and they were blessed with a daughter, Joanne.
Janice was a faithful member of the Abilene Bible Church and served as the secretary to Pastor Tim Temple for 18 years. After her retirement in 2002, she volunteered for the Hendrick Heartsaver Network and for Abilene Bible Church in the printed page ministry.
Janice will be lovingly remembered by her three daughters, Caron Jean and husband James of Irving, Texas, Eunice Fisher of Bedford, and Joanne McCraw and husband David of Brownwood, Texas; two brothers; Stancel Skelton and wife Jann of San Jose, Calif., and Mancel Skelton and wife Bonnie of Amarillo, Texas; 10 grandchildren, Laurie McDonald, Russell Stewart, Sarah Larson Jr. Jean, Robert Jean, Julie McElderry, Jennifer Smith and Bryant, Liam and Lily McCraw; as well as 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and a number of very special nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands; a son, Kevin Lyle Cornelius; two sisters, Orenta Boden and Vira Miles; two sons-in-law, Ron Hitt and David Fisher; and one grandchild, April Stewart.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of Janice to the Abilene Bible Church building fund, 3125 Oldham Lane, Abilene, TX 79602. Condolences can be offered to the family online at www.pbfuneraldirectors.