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Janyce Ann "Jan" Carns

January 23, 1938 - May 14, 2021


Janyce Ann “Jan” Carns, 83, of Salem, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 14, 2021 after a lengthy battle with Dementia. Her favorite time of year was Spring and she was blessed to leave this world on a beautiful sunny day.  
Jan was born January 23, 1938 in Denison, Iowa to John Arlington “Arlie” and Eda Copple.  
She graduated from Hampton High School in Hampton, Iowa in 1956. She married Robert L. “Larry” Carns on May 1, 1960 in Mason City, Iowa. He preceded her in death on December 25,2006. They resided in West Des Moines, Iowa. They had two daughters, Laurie and Debbie.   
Jan attended Drake University where she majored in science. She graduated from Broadlawns Medical School. Her career as a Medical Technologist began at Northwest Community Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa where she worked for 15 years.  
After visiting the Pacific Northwest in June 1973, they returned to Iowa, sold their home and moved the family to Oregon in November 1973.  They settled in Salem in 1975.  
She began working at Salem Memorial Hospital in 1974. She was an active member of the American Medical Technologist Association. She enjoyed working the graveyard shift so she could be available for her family and to work in the locksmith shop they owned. In 1985, Jan and Larry opened and operated Larry’s Locksmith Service until 1998. In 1999, after 25 years she took an early retirement. 
Jan learned American Sign Language at Chemeketa Community College.  Then, she and Larry proceeded to teach Sunday School classes to hearing impaired children.  
As a youth, Jan was active in the Methodist Church. She attended several churches over the years in Salem. She played the French horn in high school and spent summers detasseling corn.  
Jan enjoyed photography, fishing, sports, hunting, listening to music especially classical, woodworking, gardening and traveling with Larry in their motorhome. She loved flying and took lessons. She was an avid reader and history buff with a particular interest in JFK.  
Jan was known for her generous nature, readiness to offer help and support to family and friends, her beautiful smile and laughter.  Jan loved her family unconditionally. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  
Jan was preceded in death by her parents John Arlington "Arlie" & Eda Copple and sister Jean Brace. She is survived by her daughters, Laurie Melchor and Debra Carns, both of Salem;  granddaughters Elizabeth Dudding of Salem and Jennifer (Keith) Epler of Surprise, AZ.;  great-grandchildren Katelyn Dudding of Salem; Shawn, Gavin and Mia Thomas of Surprise AZ, Abby Epler of Central Point, OR and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.  
In her honor, Jan’s family will gather together for a private Celebration of Life. Assisting the family is Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.

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I worked with Jan for many years at Salem Health. She was always encouraging and upbeat. She truly cared for the people around her. Many times she would report back from a supervisor meeting and to her staff, "I am not suppose to tell you this but .....". I felt she always had our back.
Jan and Larry were just GOOD people.