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Janice Alarice Tunstall

August 10, 1982 — April 17, 2024

Beloved Janice Preceded in death by her Grandparents: Alvern Bishop (Reed) (Richardson) Johnny Richardson Sr.  Hosea Reed Sr. /Louise Fagen (Tunstall), James Luther Tunstall/ Aunt:Wanda Bonnie Reed Scott Brown/ Uncles: Marine Cpl. Robert Bruce Reed,Tracy Reed and Terry Terrell Tunstall.


Surviving Relatives:Parents: Marsha Deborah Tunstall and James Marcellus Tunstall.

Siblings: Jason Maurice Tunstall (Twin), Terence L. Reed, Frank Reed, Octavious C. Reed, Anthony Reed. Charlene Hendrix. Aunts: Gayle Reed, Lenora Reed Brinson, Pamela (Reed) Goode and Samantha Tunstall. Uncles:Gary Allen Reed and Hosea Reed. Nieces: Besties: Madison Tunstall and Octavia Thomas, A Host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Special Friends and Besties: Ryan Broady, Tamara Broady, Jessica Dillon, Laura Blake Gregg, Lauren Leigh and  Ryan Faulkner.

  

Janice Alarice Tunstall, our beautiful daughter, passed away suddenly on April 17, 2024 at Riverside Hospital in Columbus Ohio. She was surrounded by her family. Janice was born on August 10 1982 in Newark, New Jersey along with her twin brother Jason Tunstall. Janice is known to her family by endearment Pumpkin by her mother, JanJan by her father and Jan by her siblings.  At the age of 6 months old we relocated as a military family to Charleston Naval Base in Charleston South Carolina. Her parents are James Marcellus Tunstall and Minister Marsha Deborah Tunstall. From 1982 to 1987 Janice attended Hunley Park Christian Preschool located on Charleston Air Force in Charleston South Carolina. Her love for drawing submerged while just 4 years old. Janice was blessed with the ability to draw anything and from  her memory. In 1987 our military family relocated to Okinawa Japan where Janice attended Montessori school (a private Japanese school) where she was taught the Japanese language. When Janice began kindergarten attended Kadena Elementary School located on an Air Force base located in Okinawa Japan. In 1990 our family returned to the United States and located in Columbia, South Carolina. Janice attended Richland County Public Schools until she was 11 years old. In 1993 due to family relocation to Columbus Ohio Janice attended Hilliard City Public Schools. Janice, at age 12 attended Brown Elementary School and in 6th grade she attended  Hilliard Station Middle School. Janice was a very good student and she continued to love to draw, art and English were subjects that she enjoyed year after year way beyond high school graduation. During her high school years she first attend Davidson High School but when Janice discovered that a new high school was being built she dashed off her school bus into the house very anxious and very ready to plead  her case, she She said: “There Is a new high school called Darby and I want to transfer please.” I asked her why and that she would be separated from her twin brother, Janice replied “  mom, I know but I’m tired of being  called Jason’s little sister and I need my own identity.” After her dad and I heard her voice, we did transfer her as soon as Darby High School opened. Janice had the opportunity to blossom into this amazing young lady, she created her own friends, her own identity while still knowing her brother was just up the road at Davidson. To be truthful, it was her mother who was nervous about  them being apart for the first time. Everyone that knew Janice knew without a doubt that she was a super sports fan of The Ohio State University, and if they lost a game all you had to do was look at her face when she walked into a room, she was a die hard fan of OSU. She too also competed in sports in middle and high school. Janice competed in cross country track,Volleyball and cheerleading. However, she soon discovered that cheerleading was not her thing but she loved cross country. We attended her meets and Janice was great at the sport.


Janice graduated from Darby high school  in 2001. After high school she decided to become a preschool lead teacher. 

After graduation Janice attended two years at Columbus State Community College. Originally she wanted to become a doctor but instead she decided that her calling was to work with children.  


Janice was a beautiful, caring young woman. She loved children and she committed her life to growing their naturally curious minds. I would often observe her as she completed her weekly lesson plans with a smile on her face. She did truly nurture the minds of tomorrow's young generation leaders and she loved doing it. A testament to her caring nurturing nature is her dedication for over 20 years in early childhood learning centers. She dedicated most of those years to the YWCA’s Safe and Sound Child Care Program for homeless children living in shelters. Janice would volunteer yearly to feed the families during the holidays at the YWCA without expectations. 


She would always refer to all children that she cared for as her own children whenever she would speak about them all. Janice was a very compassionate, kind,empathic,dedicated young woman. Janice loved her family and her community. She had a heart of gold when it came to her family, friends and her many children whose lives she touched in many ways. She left a positive footprint forever in our family and the lives of others.


Donations: In Lieu of sending flowers the family request that donations be  made out to YWCA Safe and Sound Child Care Center, please give to one of  her parents after her celebration of Life ceremony in Janice’s honor for an agency that she dedicated her life to and believed in. Janice loved and had a personal relationship with God since childhood. Janice will be laid to rest in a private invitation ceremony for family and close friends on May 6th at 12 noon in Dublin Cemetery 190 Monterey Drive, Dublin, Ohio 43017.


 2 Corinthians  Verses 8 and 9

We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. Wherefore we labor, whether present or absent, we may be accepted by him.

 

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