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Janice Waugh O'Brien

January 8, 1938 - December 16, 2022

Janice Waugh O’Brien, 84, of Lynchburg, Virginia passed away on December 16, 2022, at Westminster Canterbury. The daughter of the late Ashby John Waugh and Bessie Brown Waugh, Janice was the wife of the late Joseph Neal O’Brien for over 58 years, and a loving mother and grandmother to her children and grandchildren.

Born on January 8, 1938, in Clifton Forge, Virginia, Janice graduated at the top of her class from E.C. Glass High School where she was a member of the cheerleading team. She went on to pursue a degree in Nursing at Virginia Baptist Hospital until her marriage to Neal in 1957.

Janice was a member of Rivermont Avenue Baptist Church since childhood, and enjoyed singing in the church choir for many years. She loved music and playing the piano, and often performed during special church services and served as an accompanist. Janice was also an avid gardener and adored roses of all types and varieties. She mastered the art of growing beautiful roses and shared her knowledge with friends and family. She was an avid basketball fan, cheering for the University of Virginia and watching countless ACC basketball games.

Janice is survived by her children: Patricia O’Brien Campbell (Linwood), Timothy John O’Brien (Laura); four grandchildren: Matthew Campbell (Brianna), Katie Campbell, Caroline O’Brien and Kelsey O’Brien; one great-grandchild: Jameson O’Brien Campbell; and many loving relatives and friends.

Janice is predeceased by her sister Phyllis Waugh Elliott and brother-in-law Woody, and by her sister Bernice Waugh Campbell.

Visitation is Thursday, December 22, 2022, 3 to 5 pm at Tharp Funeral Home in Lynchburg, Virginia. A memorial service will be held on Friday, December 23, 2022, at 12 noon at Peakland United Methodist Church with Rev. John Vest officiating. A private burial will precede the service at Fort Hill Memorial Park.
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Tricia, I am so sorry for the loss of your mom! As I read her obituary, memories came flooding back. Our moms grew up together and were so close. Which led to us being friends from an early age. Your mom always treated me like family when I was at your house. Your dad too. Our moms stayed in contact either by phone or with letters until my mom passed. It always meant so much to her that her longtime friend always remembered her birthday and kept her updated with the news from home. Really it was just being a good friend. I was always grateful they stayed in touch and remained friends but that’s who your mom was. A forever friend. I pray that through the loss, all the wonderfully loving memories will comfort you, Tim and the rest of your family. Sending you love.

Posted by Kathryn on December 24, 2022

Tricia, Linwood and Family I am so sorry for the passing of Janice. As is always the case, our loss is heaven’s gain, and reward for your Mom and Grandmother. I am so blessed to have worked with Janice for so many years at Rivermont. Hers was always a sweet and gentle spirit. And whenever she was absent for long periods for medical reasons, we missed her so. Janice had an internal musical gift that so many of us wish we had; and she was faithful and loved sharing it. She played for the children’s choir, participated and accompanied the senior adult, Live Embers Choir, and of course, was a faithful member of the Worship Choir for many years more than my nearly 3 decades. She was a humble servant of the Lord, and a wonderful example for all of us. May the Lord bless you with comfort as you recall how much she means to you. ~~Wayne Bulson

Posted by Wayne Bulson on December 21, 2022

Tricia, so sorry to read of the homegoimg of your mother. May God comfort your heart during this time of sadness. Praying for you.

Posted by Carol Godwin on December 20, 2022

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