Janice Marie Shields (nee: Sullivan) Born January 26, 1921 Janice Shields died in peace of natural causes on March 21st at her Manhattan Beach home at the age of 92. She was in the company of family members when she passed. Her family and friends bid her a tearful farewell. Janice was the second of eleven children born in Petersburg, VA to Charles and Ruby Sullivan. In the 1940's she met her future husband, Arthur Shields while stationed at Ft. Lee, VA. They married in 1946 and moved to Manhattan Beach, CA where Janice actively supported American Martyrs Church and School and was an enthusiastic member of the Mission Circle, Dolphin and Neptunian clubs. Janice retired after a successful career as matron with the Manhattan Beach Police Department. Her success was in large part due to the enjoyment of her work and respect for her associates. Janice was a beautiful and vibrant woman, admired by all for her zip, good humor, love of family and friends and her generosity and kindness. She loved life to the fullest. She could walk into any room, not knowing anyone and talk with everyone. Janice was predeceased by her husband, Arthur, who died in 1998, as well as her sister, Eloise Blanks and brother, Robert Sullivan. She leaves behind her children and grandchildren; Susan Hemstock (Manhattan Beach), Patrick Shields (Manhattan Beach) Beatrice Greenwood (Hermosa Beach) Carla Swecker (Lake Forest), Mark Shields (Palm Springs), Michael Shields (Santa Barbara), Summer Beserra (Manhattan Beach), Cortney Wisneski (Redondo Beach) Lauren Gray (Manhattan Beach) Cindy Shields, Casey Shields (Hermosa Beach) , Jonathan Swecker (Lake Forest), Jamie Shields (Seattle, Washington), Cortney Meister (Camarillo); eleven great grandchildren (who she adored) and eight brothers and sisters. …..Janice will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Funeral Services will be held at American Martyrs Catholic Church in Manhattan Beach April 12…9:00 a.m. A special thanks to White and Day Mortuary, Hospice Services and Caregivers, Rita, Kathy and KiKi.

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  1. Mom, I am so proud to be your daughter. You will be forever in my heart. You were so loved by all. I miss you! Rest in peace. All my love, Carla

  2. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Janice was a wonderful woman. I always enjoyed her visits to PA.
    Love, Susan Nye (Roselyn’s daughter)

  3. What a love for life you always had Jan! We will remember & love you forever. Our thoughts & prayers are with all the family.So happy we got to visit in September. What a wonderful Aunt. much love
    Bill & Roselyn

  4. The video and music was beautiful. What a wonderful tribute to Aunt Janice. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. She was a very special Aunt to me! Love to all.

  5. I consider myself extremely fortunate to have had Janice as my aunt.
    Janice and my mother always had a very close relationship. I’ve lost track of the number of times when I called Mom and her phone was busy. When I finally did get through, I would ask what have you and Janice been talking about for the last two hours? I’m certain this can be verified by my West Coast cousins. It is comforting to know that Janice and her big sister Eloise are together again. Their main topic of conversation is of course Ettrick. Joe and Marilyn Blanks

  6. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. She will be missed by all. With love to your family.
    Troy Brockwell and family

  7. The video was so meaningful and touched our hearts. It made us feel as though we were part of the service. Janice was so special to all of us and deeply loved. It was so special when she came home to visit. The many laughs we had are unforgettable. Janice was a blessing to us and will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. Wish we were closer so we could be with you.

    Blessed be God. the God of all comfort II Corinthians 1:3 Love to all of you
    Phyllis, Nadine and Donna

  8. Mrs. Janice….although I haven’t seen you in a while, it only takes but a moment to recall your laughter and amazing personality. Your story and stories of you will long carry down the halls of MBPD and in many of our memories. I was incredibly fortunate and lucky to have you as my trainer on my very first night of work. When told to “report to Mrs. Janice for training”, I had no idea of what to expect. What a fantastic night that was and there were soon to be many more. Thank you again for your smile, grace and humanity. You are a beautiful angel. Vaya Con Dios………Stephanie Martin

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