Janice Marie Ireland
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“Today, Dec. 6, is your birthday. It is my first one to not be able to give you birthday wishes. I feel so sad. I miss you. My love for you remains. ”
1 of 9 | Posted by: Linda Grado - Bedford, TX

“Janice (and later Charlye too) was a member of my immediate family - - sharing many Christmases, Thanksgivings, and several other trips to visit my...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Leslye Shellam - Burleson, TX

“My sincere condolences to Jan's family and friends. I will never forget Jan. She was a dear friend and co-worker. I remember her as a very elegant...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Grace

“Your heart is stilled, but the warmth of that heart, the comfort of your friendship, the happy times we shared, and your support during sad times...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Darryl Summers & Ric Brady - HI

“It's extremely rare in one's life that you meet that very special person that enriches you, cares for you and helps you see life in a not so small...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Anthony Dimitrius Brown

“We will truly miss Janice . She gave me lots of advice on how to navigate around new York when we planned a trip there. When ever I visited little...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Charlotte rew - Austin, TX

“So many happy memories of Jan's kindness and friendliness from the 80's on. In Washington, when she was stil a "cat person," she brought a wonderful...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Judy Olmer - Cabin John, MD

“Jan and I were friends before I left Washington, D.C. for Paris. She and I worked together at the Department of Commerce, and I'll always remember...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Jane Glidden Marion - Paris

“I remember Janice as such a really fun and loving girl. I met her through her dearest friend ( Linda Clement Flake ) in 1958 and always was so happy...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: Deedee O'Connor Fairbanks Pashayan


Janice Marie Ireland was born in Chicago, Illinois on December 6, 1938; daughter of Fielding Watson (Bud) Ireland and Ruth Peters Ireland. She died on Sunday, March 20, 2011.
Janice graduated from Little Rock Central High School in 1956 and attended Christian Female College (now named Columbia College) in Columbia, Missouri.
Janice and a close friend traveled throughout Europe for six months during the mid 1960’s. Upon returning to the United States, she took a position as Secretary to the Executive Officer at The Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
From 1968-1977 Janice worked as Office Manager/Personal-Appointment Secretary to Arkansas Congressman Wilbur Mills, who was Chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means in the U.S. House of Representatives.
From 1977-1980 she served as Confidential Assistant to the Under Secretary for Monetary Affairs, Anthony M. Solomon, at the Department of the Treasury. During this period, Janice was one of two staff members selected to travel with the Under Secretary. This assignment included meetings in Egypt, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Israel, Russia, Romania, Yugoslavia, Germany, People’s Republic of China and Japan. When Under Secretary Solomon left government service, she became Private Secretary to the Under Secretary of International Trade, Lionel H. Olmer, at the Department of Commerce.
Janice’s adventures were many and her career demanding. She retired in Little Rock where she developed an interest in the Tennessee Walking Horse breed and spent time horseback riding and caring for her beloved pets.
Janice was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Paul Johnson. She is survived by two step-daughters, Linda Johnson Grado and Judy Johnson Tapp of Texas, their children and many loving friends who have cherished her wise counsel and loyal friendship. One could always count on Janice “to be in your corner”.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to The Humane Society of Pulaski County, 14600 Colonel Glenn Road, Little Rock, Arkansas 72210.
There will be a memorial service 10:00 a.m., Friday, at the North Little Rock Funeral Home, 1921 Main St., 758-1170. Online obituary and guest registry at www.nlrfh.com.

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