Janice Edgerton Habegger, 82, of Houston, Texas, went to be with her Lord and Savior April 29, 2022 after a courageous fight against cancer. She was born October 21, 1939, in Pawnee City, Nebraska to Earl Lloyd and Myrtle Ellsworth Edgerton, the ninth of ten children. Although her family didn’t have much money growing up, there was so much love that she often said she had everything in the world.
She graduated from Pawnee City High School in 1957 and went to work as a keypunch operator at Southwestern Bell. She met her future husband, Gary Habegger, at the Du Bois Fair while still in high school. They married on September 4, 1960. Once Gary was discharged from the Air Force, they lived for a short time in Kansas City, MO; Pecos, TX; and Lubbock, TX, before settling in Houston in August 1965. They remained there for the rest of her life.
Once her kids were mostly grown, Janice worked as a keypunch operator for ExxonMobil for 16 years, never missing a day of work. She loved traveling, reading books, and playing Bunco in a neighborhood group. In her later years, she enjoyed swimming and playing games and puzzles. She and Gary saw the world together, visiting all 50 states and 26 countries, often taking along family and friends. She was never happier than when she was surrounded by the people she loved.
She was preceded in death by her father, mother, four sisters and two brothers, as well as her father-in-law and mother-in-law, three brothers-in-law, and a sister-in-law. She is survived by her loving husband of 61 years, Gary, and three wonderful children—son David (Renee) Habegger, daughter Brenda (Tom) Lyvers, and daughter Deanna (Kenneth) Gau. She has eight beloved grandchildren—David J. Habegger, Christopher Kasicki, Tommy (Elizabeth) Lyvers, Ethan Lyvers, Sarah Gau, Megan Lyvers, Savannah Gau, and Asa Lyvers, and one great-grandson, Jack Lyvers. She is also survived by three sisters, Marilyn Rotha, Yvonne (Dale) Huff, and Joyce (Wayne) Brunz, as well as her sister-in-law Betty Edgerton, brother-in-law Keith Walker, and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held Monday, May 9, from 6-8 PM at the Cypress-Fairbanks Funeral Home, 9926 Jones Road, Houston, TX. The funeral service will take place Tuesday, May 10, at 10 AM at Foundry Methodist Church, 8350 Jones Road with reception to follow. Burial will be at the National Cemetery on Veterans Boulevard.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Cancer Society, MD Anderson, or a charity of your choice.
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American Cancer Society
P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City OK 73123
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
P.O. Box 4486, Houston TX 77210-4486
Please designate gifts to LEPCAR - Fund for Leptomeningeal Carcinoma Research.