Janice “Jan” Williams (née Blume), age 69, passed away with her family present in Petaluma, Calif., after a fierce fight with ovarian cancer. Born on July 22, 1952, in San Francisco, she was the daughter of Virginia and Anthony (Nate) Blume and a fourth-generation San Franciscan. She was a sister to four siblings who grew up in Pacifica, just steps from foggy Linda Mar. She was married to Roger Williams for 46 years and is survived by her husband and their three children: Joe Williams, Jesse Williams, and Megan Williams. 

Moving with her family in 1984 to Petaluma, Jan quickly involved herself in the local community, volunteering at elementary schools and giving over a decade of enthusiastic and committed work to Petaluma High School. She later grew her career into the business of organic agriculture with 10 happy and successful years at McEvoy Ranch.

Jan drank her daily coffee black, and her heart ran red every weekend for Liverpool FC. She was a baker who did not cook and a purple thumb who did like weeding. She brought people a bright side, her dial tone always an overbrimming ebullient. Her stubborn optimism will be missed by many. Asked how her obituary should describe her, she said, “fun and upbeat,” which perhaps characterizes her more than any of the details above possibly can.

There will be a private memorial service limited to family. The family extends its sincere gratitude to Kaiser Oncology Clinic in San Rafael for their warm and caring treatment and to Parent-Sorenson Mortuary in Petaluma. Please send any donations to the American Cancer Society.

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