Janice Miller Pletcher

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Janice Miller Pletcher, 83, of Perryton, passed away in Amarillo on June 10, 2019. She had been hospitalized and in rehab in Amarillo since April 16, 2019. She had made great progress but relapsed on June 1, 2019.

Janice was born in Perryton, on Dec. 22, 1935, to Bess Crum Miller and W.J. Miller. Janice lived with her parents and two brothers, Zack and Tony, at the Natural Gas Pipeline Camp at Gray, OK, for 13 years. Often, throughout her life, Janice talked and wrote about how wonderful those years were to her and how wonderful the other families and friends were who lived in that community which they referred to as the Booster Station. She had recently written down the names of most of the families and friends from that community. The family attended the Gray Church which is now a part of the Perryton Museum.

When Janice started to school, she rode to Perryton schools with the other children from the Natural Gas Pipeline Community; they rode on an old U.S. Army bus. By age 13, Janice had already noticed an eighth grade football player, B.R. Pletcher, Jr., who would become the love of her life and her husband.

Also by age 13, Janice moved with her family to Perryton and lived across the street from what was then the location of the First Christian Church. The family attended that church throughout their lives and were members of First Christian Church in Perryton. By this time, Janice had been taking piano and voice lessons and was a natural talent at playing piano and singing. She later started organ lessons as well and studied piano, organ, and voice throughout her school years and also at the college level as a music major at Panhandle State University.

Also at age 13, Janice was allowed to start playing piano for Sunday night services at the First Christian Church. From that first Sunday night, forward, Janice would play piano and organ and sing, most every Sunday for the rest of her life, at First Christian Church in Perryton, at First Christian Church in Beaver, OK, at First Christian Church in Elk City, OK, and at Community Christian Church in Perryton. She also directed children’s choirs in some of those churches and played piano and/or organ and/or sang at hundreds of weddings and funerals in those churches and in other churches throughout the area.

Janice graduated from Perryton High School and was the salutatorian of her class. She married B. R. Pletcher, Jr., in Perryton, in 1955. Together, they attended Panhandle State University in Goodwell, OK, where B.R. played on the football team and Janice was a music major. Janice taught private piano and organ lessons, continually, for 65 years.

She still had piano students taking lessons each week up until April 16, 2019, when she was admitted to the hospital in Amarillo. Janice had slowed her teaching and was taking fewer students each year; she turned down students each year throughout her teaching career because there simply was not enough time and her health finally caused her to need to take fewer students.

Also, Janice was the music teacher at Clearlake Schools in Clearlake, OK. She was also the accompanist for the school choirs in Perryton, Beaver, OK and Elk City, OK. In 1967, Janice was piano accompanist for Miss America, Jane Jayroe, when she sang in a performance at Beaver.

Until very recently, Janice played piano once a month at The Seasons Assisted Living facility in Perryton, and she played piano once a month for Happy Timers at the First Christian Church in Perryton. She had also played many times as a volunteer at Senior Village in Perryton, along with other of her family members who sang and/or her church members who sang and/or by herself.

Janice loved music! She practiced piano and organ very regularly almost every day of her life. If she was not playing music herself, she was listening to music and attending musical performances as often as possible. She encouraged everyone to be involved in music in some way and gave credit to the Lord for her musical talent and to her parents for allowing her to take lessons from a young age and continue lessons through college and after college.

Janice also loved the Lord and the church. She was an avid reader of the Bible and scripture and scripture-related books. She was always involved in her church and not only in the music of the church but in other church duties and organizations such as Christian Women’s Fellowship.

Janice had been a member of Musical Moments Music Club as well as other Music Clubs, the Sorosis Club, and Beta Sigma Phi.

Janice was preceded in death by her parents, W.J. Miller and Bess Crum Miller Brillhart; by her husband, B.R. Pletcher, Jr.; and by her brother, Zack Miller.

Janice is survived by her three sons, Perry B. Pletcher of Amarillo, Brent Pletcher and wife Esta of Galveston and Dallis Pletcher and wife Lori of Amarillo; one brother, Tony Miller and wife Susan, of Castle Rock, CO; five grandchildren, Alex Beth Duke of Dallas, Trevor Pletcher and wife Amber of Moore, OK, Kady Pletcher of Oklahoma City, OK, Lexi Pletcher of Galveston, and Nicole Thiessen and husband Travis of Elk City, OK; six great-grandchildren, Jackson Bruton of Dallas, S.J. Alexander of Oklahoma City, OK, Stormy Alexander of Oklahoma City, OK, Piper Pletcher of Moore, OK, Taylee Thiessen of Elk City, OK and Taytum Thiessen of Elk City, OK; two aunts, Cleo Crum and June Crum, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The date for Memorial Services will be announced later.

The family suggests that memorials/donations be made to The B.R. and Janice Pletcher Music Scholarship, in care of Perryton National Bank, P.O. Box 969, Perryton, TX, 79070, to the First Christian Church, Perryton, TX 79070, or to a charitable organization of choice.

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