Janice L. Calkins

DURHAM, North Carolina – Janice L. Calkins passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, June 19, at her home in Durham, North Carolina.

Jan was born September 2, 1945, in Cadillac, Michigan, to John R. and Jeanne L. (King) Long. She graduated from Cadillac High School in 1963 and married Charles (Chuck) R. Calkins on January 27, 1968. They made their home in the Houghton Lake and Merritt areas for several years, and spent many winters in Bullhead City, Arizona before moving to Durham in 2011.

Jan was a homemaker for most of her married life. Whether knitting or crocheting, she could turn skeins of yarn into beautiful sweaters, afghans and scarves. She enjoyed going to the casino and traveling and spending time with her husband and family. Jan and Chuck visited most of the states in the U.S., and took trips to London, Paris, Vienna, Berlin and Hawaii with their extended family in recent years. Her last hours were spent enjoying lunch at her favorite local pub and scratching a winning lottery ticket.

In addition to her husband, Jan is survived by her son, Charles R. Calkins, Jr. of Durham; daughters, Michelle (Angela Daye) Calkins of Durham and Gabrielle (Anne Thompson) Calkins of Grand Rapids, Michigan; brother, John (Donna) Long of Cadillac, Michigan; sisters, Patt Bennett of Lake City, Jackie Dahlby of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Marilyn (David) Minor of Cadillac, Michigan; brother-in-law, Ford Calkins; sisters-in-law, Eva Calkins and Mona Reidel; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Gerald Long; sisters, Janell Burch and Elaine Rathbun; mother-in-law, Mary Calkins; and father-in-law, Ford Calkins.

In accordance with her wishes, no visitation or memorial service will be scheduled.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Grand Rapids Women’s Chorus (

An online obituary and guestbook are available at clementsfuneralservice. com.

The family would like to thank the Durham Emergency Medical Services staff for the help they provided to our beloved wife and mother.