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Janice K (Foley) Cannon was born March 15, 1945, at Mary Greeley Hospital in Ames, IA. She was the eighth child of Michael James and Mary Alice (Ford) Foley.
Jan was raised in Story County, IA. She attended Nevada School until fifth grade and the transferred to Colo, IA school where she graduated in 1963.
In 1964 she moved to Des Moines where she started working at American Republic Insurance Company until 1970.
In 1965 she met her husband, Rodger Cannon, on her one and only blind date. This really wasn’t her idea and she was ready to not go if she didn’t like what she saw. She was upstairs and was going to peak out the window as he got out of the car but somehow missed seeing him and had to bravely go down that staircase and “face the music”. It turned out that they got married January 21, 1967. To this union two children were born, Monica Lyn on October 9, 1969 and Kevin Dale on March 25, 1971. Through the years she worked many part time jobs always putting family first.
In 1983 the family moved to Ringgold County and eventually, at age 40, she started as an agent with Bankers Life and Casualty Insurance. She retired from this at age 65 after building a very nice business and making many friends.
Jan passed away September 8, 2021. Passing before her were her parents Mike and Alice Foley; husband, Rodger Cannon; in-laws, Benny and Elowene Cannon; brother-in-law, Rollie Cannon; brothers, Chuck Foley, Ed Foley and John Foley; brothers-in-law, LeRoy Bigelow, Argyll Amenson and Stan Olsson; nephews, Tim Foley and Jim Olsson; nieces, Kelly Foley and Anna Olson; and great-nephew, Traven Keigley.
Survivors include sisters, Mary Anne Bigelow, Louise Amenson, Pat Olsson, Margaret (Steve) Westvold, Barbara (Bradley) Fregger and Teresa (Lauren) Olson; brothers, Leonard (Patty) Foley and Tommy Joe (Ginger) Foley; sister-in-law, Rita Foley; daughter, Monica Lyn (Eric) Clymer of Mount Ayr; two grandsons, Cade Cannon Clymer and Cole Cannon Clymer; son, Kevin Dale Cannon of Wood River, IL; step grandkids, Chelsey Clymer, Alicia (Nick) Tussey, Ashley Clymer, Leah Clymer, Jordan Clymer and many nieces and nephews.
Services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 12, 2021 at the Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr, IA.
Officiating was Pastor Bill Armstrong.
Eulogy by Kevin Cannon.
Songs were “There You’ll Be” by Faith Hill and “When I Go Away” by Levon Helm.
Urn bearer was Kevin Cannon.
Honorary urn bearers were Eric Clymer, Cade Clymer, Cole Clymer, Leonard Foley, Tommy Joe Foley, Steve Westvold and Lauren Olson.
At rest at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr, IA.
Memorial fund established in her name to be decided.

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