Janice Lee (Michelsen) Benjamin, 69, of Omak, Washington passed away at Mid Valley Hospital on November 8, 2018 surrounded by her husband, children, sister and caring nurses after a valiant battle with lung cancer.
Janice was born in Omak to Kermit and Pauline (Wagner) Michelsen on September 20, 1949. She graduated from Omak High School in 1968.
On December 19, 1970 Janice married Richard K. Benjamin in West Point, Iowa.
Second only to spending time with her beloved husband Richard, family and friends, Janice enjoyed camping and fishing in the Okanogan Valley. She really enjoyed her membership with Richard in the Good Sam Club. They were also members of Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church.
Never shying from very hard work, Janice & Richard followed in the family tradition of working Rose Spring Orchard from 1980 to 2008 providing world-class apples, peaches, pears, nectarines and cherries to lucky customers who stopped by their fruit stand on Ross Canyon Road and through various warehouses.
After selling the orchard in 2008, Janice explored her interest in antiques and
collectables through Apple Annie's in Cashmere.
Janice was preceded in death by her parents and her good friend and sister-in-law Lilly (Chambers) Michelsen.
Janice is survived by her husband, Richard, son & daughter-in-law, Jason & Heidi (Latham) Benjamin, Lake Tapps, WA and granddaughters Avery & Ella Benjamin, daughter, Michelle Goldner, Murrietta, California and grandson Jeremy Goldner & granddaughter Paige Goldner as well as her brothers, Don Michelsen, Omak and Bob Michelsen, Okanogan and sister Marlene (Michelsen) Ragland, Sun City West, AZ.
A Mass of Christian Burial is set for Friday, November 16 at 11AM at the Precht, Harrison, Nearants Chapel with the Okanogan County Crematory in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The Mayo Clinic, whose tradition of caring and amazing medical care, made Janice's sudden and tragic battle with lung cancer more bearable.