Remembering Jan . . . . . . . . . .
Janice Jean (Super) Beecher, 77, a lifetime Hill City, Kansas resident, died on October 7, 2018, at the Graham County Hospital. Jan was born on August 22, 1941, on Hill Street in Hill City to Max and Clara (Evans) Super.
When her school years began, she made the short walk from her home at 303 North Fourth Avenue to attend the Hill City Grade School, then Hill City Memorial High School.
During her formative years, she was employed by “Pop” and Nellie Kobler at Kobler’s Drug Store. She never outgrew her genuine affection for the business or for the lifetime friendships she established with co-workers and drug store patrons.
On June 2, 1962, Jan and Lowell Beecher were married at Hill City’s Christian Church. Then, in May 1969, they were blessed by the arrival of their only child, daughter Amy. She was to be her mother’s constant source of pride, and, later, a spring of comfort, of hope, and of strength to her aging parents.
In the autumn of 1970, the Beecher family was able to purchase Jan’s childhood-through-young adulthood home, the Fourth Avenue residence in which Jan and Lowell resided for the next 48 years.
For many years, Jan managed her own hair salon. Later, she involved herself in retail sales in Hill City before beginning a second business career based upon her first pastime love: the collection and retail sales of antiques and collectables.
When she retired, she became deeply involved in the Graham County Historical Society, where she served as an officer and lifetime member. She, along with her husband and a very special friend, Betty Elliott, spent innumerable hours building archival files with the society and, individually, carefully arranging a wide variety of displays within the walls of the GCHS museum. Her efforts for the historical group were, truly, a labor of love.
Concurrently, Jan utilized her computer skills and interest in researching a variety of singular topics in support of Lowell’s historical writings. She was also the researcher typically called upon to access her genealogical sources to assist countless individuals in building family trees or in finding “lost” relatives.
Jan’s deteriorating health in recent years rendered many of her favorite activities impossible. Her flower beds received less attention than she favored; she was unable, without assistance, to shop for groceries and to visit with friends she encountered there; walking in her backyard rock garden became nearly impossible.
In her declining months, the Almighty granted her special recompense against her suffering and limitations: for weeks a number of hummingbirds frequented her flowers and the family nectar feeder. She was able to watch the birds from her patio and from her kitchen window. She felt blessed. Her positive attitude never diminished.
Jan was predeceased by her parents, Max and Clara Super, and by her brother, Bill Super and his wife Bernice (Nutsch) Super.
She is survived by her husband, Lowell, of the home, and by her daughter, Amy Beecher, of Lawrence. She also maintained a close relationship with her deceased brother’s two sons, Jay and Steve Super. Jan also leaves a number of aunts and cousins.