Janis Carol Woolbright was born in North Bend, Oregon, on February 27,\n1958, and was adopted two days later by the late Charles and Esther\nHilliker of Lake Oswego, Ore. From a young age she was a voracious\nreader (having taught herself to read at age 4), had a keen mind for\nscience, and read her multi-volume children's encyclopedia set cover\nto cover numerous times. She sprouted whole seeds from her mother's\nspice shelf and concocted "beauty products" from scavenged lotions and\nperfumes. When she was 4 her family moved to Salem, Ore., and later to\nMeridian, Ida., finally returning to Lake Oswego. She attended Waluga\nJr. High School, and graduated from Lakeridge High School in 1976.\n\nShe attended Northwest Nazarene College (now University) in Nampa,\nIda., in majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry. She was the\nchemistry department secretary and a proofreader for the college\nnewspaper. Although "only" a biology major, she received the highest\ngrade in both her theology class and in her class on the Epistle to\nthe Romans. She took an upper division church history class required\nfor history majors and religion majors, taking the high grade in that\nclass as well. She graduated magna cum laude in 1980, along with\nfellow biology major, best friend, and future husband Jim Woolbright,\nwith whom she fell in love at the end of her sophomore year. Jim, on\nfirst meeting Janis, dismissed her as "too squirrelly," but the two\nsoon formed a deep friendship which lasted the rest of her life. They\nshared almost all of their interests in common. Jim and Janis married\nin 1981 after Janis completed an advanced degree in medical technology\nfrom Boise State University. Interestingly, while an undergrad she\nwas a student in a Spanish class that Jim taught, and then later had\nJim as a student; Janis, who could make a better blood smear on a\nglass slide than anyone on earth, taught one of Jim's hematology labs\nwhile he was in his professional program.\n\nThey spent the first year of their marriage in Richland, Wash., where,\nafter passing her national and state board exams, Janis worked in a\nhospital as medical technologist and night-shift clinical pathology\nlab supervisor. For the next four years, while Jim completed a\ndoctoral degree at Washington State University, she was a technologist\nin research labs (ruminant nutrition and tick cell culture) and a\nmedical technologist in the veterinary college's clinical pathology\nlab. Janis managed their household finances by frugal living,\nshopping sales and promotions, and by being an extreme\ncoupon-and-refunder. In fact, while at Pullman she taught a class on\ncouponing and refunding.\n\nJanis was active in church her whole life. In Pullman, and later in\nEnterprise, Oregon, she and Jim were co-youth pastors. She and Jim\noften sang duets and both sang in choirs and small groups. She had a\nbeautiful soprano voice, but also sang alto according to a choir’s\nneeds.\n\nIn the following years, Janis' two children, Betsy and James, were\nborn, and the family moved to McMinnville, Oregon. Holding her baby\ngirl in her arms, she resolved to be a stay-at-home mom and to\nhomeschool her children. Her homeschooling methods drew from her own\nchildhood experience of the wonder and excitement of learning, and\nincluded deep dives into unit studies, many field trips, and hands-on\ninstruction in practical skills like gardening and canning.\n\nEven with her full-time job as a wife and mother, Janis continued her\npractice of service, taking an active role in the children's Bible\nclub AWANA and co-founding a chapter of the homeschool group ELT\n(Enjoy Learning Together), which grew quickly and continues to this\nday. Forfeiting a conventional career, Janis invested herself in the\nlives of her own children and others. Her care and concern for\nchildren extended to the preborn while she worked tirelessly to raise\nfunds for the local crisis pregnancy center and later served as a\nvolunteer counselor after moving to Idaho. A well-informed woman of\nstrong convictions, she also served as precinct committee person and\nas secretary of the Yamhill County Republican Central Committee, and\nwas on a first name basis with many elected officials.\n\nJanis' passion for learning was not limited to educating her children.\nShe was forever reading about meteorology, astronomy, ornithology, and\neverything else. She continued her own education through classes\ngiven by the county Extension Office and became a USDA-Certified\nMaster Food Preserver and USDA-Certified Master Gardener. She was an\naccomplished seamstress and loved making baby quilts for new babies in\nchurch or in her extended family. She made counted cross-stitch\npictures and was an avid birdwatcher. She won many ribbons for her\nplants, canned goods, and handicrafts in county fairs. She also\ndabbled in rubber stamping and cardmaking, but it would not be until\nher last decade of life that this hobby would fully blossom.\n\nIn 1999, her family moved to Woodland, Idaho, where she had space for\nher many cats and a flock of backyard chickens (whom she loved as\npets), and room to set up a real garden, where she raised vegetables\nand flowers and seedling plants to sell at the farmers' market. When\nshe finished homeschooling her own children, she began tutoring local\nstudents in math, biology, and chemistry.\n\nJanis loved participating in the Valley Singers and Bell Choir until\nshe began losing her voice in 2019. She remained active in her\nbeloved Woodland Friends Church, playing the piano and serving on\nvarious service committees. Her involvement in children's ministries\nincluded serving as a camp counselor at ALACCA; teaching Sunday\nschool, children's church, and Vacation Bible School, and the\norganization of summer reading programs. She was known for bringing\nher homemade banana bread to church every week, organizing craft days,\nand her handmade greeting cards, which she sold on a donation basis,\nthe proceeds of which went to the local Hope Center after she was\nunable to continue as a volunteer.\n\nShe was a sensible woman whose great intelligence and wisdom were\nveiled by a gentle humility. Many facets of her living conditions --\n crowded living in an unfinished house; her husband's frequent\nextended absences for work; her poor health, would, for most people\nhave been material for complaint, but complaints and bitterness were\nnot in her nature. Though she and her husband Jim enjoyed each\nother's company above anyone else's, she patiently endured his work\ntrips and treasured his nightly phone calls, which sometimes lasted\nover two hours. She was a patient listener who always gave time for\nthose in need and who gave her full attention with no interruptions.\n\nHer began health declining around 2012, but rather than succumb to\ndiscouragement or bitterness, she quietly embraced her trials with\njoy. Mirroring the Lord Jesus Christ, her patience, her heart for\nserving others, her compassion and empathy for the hurting and\nsorrowing, her quiet humility, her kindness and gentleness, her\nindefatigable joy and cheerfulness, her refusal to complain, hid from\nthe public her great physical suffering. She was a woman of regular\nBible reading and constant prayer, and whose life was a testimony to\nthe transforming work of Christ, and was a person of complete\nintegrity, being exactly the same person at home as in public view.\n\nAs her health continued to falter, she continued to keep busy, working\nin her garden as she was able (until she finally retired from it last\nyear), and returned to her old interest in cardmaking and\npapercrafting, which became her most satisfying hobby and occupied her\nlast years. She entered her greeting cards in contests on the\ninternet and won many prizes and delighted in sending them to friends\nboth online and offline. Her most successful venture was the annual\nCat Lovers Hop that she created and hosted on her blog, which drew\nentries from cardmakers all around the world.\n\nOn January 6, 2023, after a difficult month's battle with presumed flu\ncomplications atop her cardiac and other conditions, and an\nunrelenting, ravaging cough that had lasted for weeks and weakened\nher, she apparently died in her sleep, called home by her precious\nLord Jesus Christ. Janis was faithful when tried in the furnace of\ntribulation and emerged shining, pure, and glorified; a triumphant\nrunner receiving her crown of victory.\n\nShe was preceded in death by her mother, Esther Hilliker; father,\nCharles Hilliker; and son-in-law, Gerald Burns. She is survived by her\nbrother, Tim (Cheryl) Hilliker of Portland, Oregon; her husband, Jim\nWoolbright; daughter, Betsy (Dusty) Woolbright-Birch; son, James\nWoolbright; and grandchildren, Andrea Burns and Miles Birch, all of\nWoodland, Idaho; and her mother-in-law Jane Woolbright, sisters-in-law\nPolly Silva and Connie Woolbright, all of Kennewick, Washington.\n\nFuneral service will be at 11:00 AM Saturday January 21, 2023, at St.\nCatherine's Catholic church in Kamiah, Idaho, with a catered dinner\nfollowing. Graveside service and burial in Woodland, Idaho will\nfollow Sunday morning worship at Woodland Friends Church. In further\ncelebration of her life, all are invited to bring snacks, desserts,\nfinger foods, board games to a traditional "game night" of fellowship\nat 5:00 PM Sunday in the Woodland Friends Church. Trenary Funeral\nHome of Kooskia, Ida. is assisting with arrangements.