My Mother's Obituary
Janice Lee (Bays) Wang
Ret. Ft. Gordon Equal Employment Opportunity Officer AUGUSTA, Ga.- Janice Lee (Bays) Wang, 67, beloved disciple of Jesus Christ, entered into rest on February 27, 2004, at her residence after a courageous seven month battle with brain cancer. She is survived by her husband, Phillip A. Wang of Augusta; daughters, Cathy Hall and husband, Joe of Augusta, Michelle R. Waites of Harlem, Erin S. Wang of Augusta and a son, Dave Pierson and wife, Maureen of Evans; her grandchildren are Kyle and Cody Jones, Courtney and Megan Hall of Augusta, Laura and Rachel Pierson of Evans, Ashley, Haley and Christopher Waites of Harlem, Guinny, as she was called by her grandchildren, always included Corina and Carley Kitchey, daughters or Bob and Rita (Wang) Kitcey of North Augusta as her proxy grandchildren. She is also survived by two brothers, Justin Bays and Bob Bays of Anderson, Ind.; a sister, Susie Nichols of Pueblo, Colo. and best friend, Claudia Harris. She was preceded i n death by her parents, Howard J. and Ruble L. Bays and a son, Timothy A. Pierson. Mrs. Wang was a native of Anderson, Ind. and had lived in Augusta for the past 25 years. Mrs. Wang retired from Ft. Gordon in 1990 as the Equal Employment Opportunity Officer after 32 years of service. She received numerous awards and recognition for her work, culminating in the Army's highest award given in EEO, The Secretary of the Army's Award for Most Outstanding Achievements in 1989. She was chosen as a Women of Excellence in Augusta in 1990. After her retirement, she consulted with the DOE, Savannah River Site, where she established and trained DOE employees in EEO, affirmative action and prevention of sexual harassment. Mrs. Wang was very active in numerous organizations that included Network Augusta, Federally Employed Women, Blacks in Government and Image. Mrs. Wang was very active in her church, Aldersgate United Methodist Church. She was the initial coordinator for Aldersgate in the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Augusta and the lead coordinator for all affiliated churches for two years. Mrs. Wang was trained as a Stephen Leader and assisted in establishing a Stephen Ministry at Aldersgate. She sang in the Chancel Choir and was a member of the Susannah Wesley Circle of the United Methodist Women. A survivor of breast cancer, Mrs. Wang was a member of BrEaST Friends, a Breast Cancer Support Group at Aldersgate. A Celebration of Life service will be held Friday, March 5, 2004 at the Family Life Center at Aldersgate UMC at 7 p.m. A memorial service will be held in the sanctuary of Aldersgate on Saturday March 6, 2004 at 11 a.m. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to The American Cancer Society, Interfaith Hospitality Network of Augusta or the Pipe Organ Fund at Aldersgate United Methodist Church. Thomas Poteet & Son, 214 Davis Road, Augusta, GA 30907.
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Published in The Augusta Chronicle on 2/29/2004.
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