Janice F. Archer, 67, of Richmond, passed away at her home surrounded by the love of her husband, daughter and sister on December 30, 2020. She is the wife of Gary W. Archer and together they celebrated 47 years of marriage. Born on December 12, 1953 in Providence Rhode Island, she was the daughter of the late Manuel and Margaret (Oliver) Fratus.
Janice held a variety of jobs during her working life, including roles as a clerical assistant, pharmacy assistant, salon and spa coordinator and a coordinator for Volunteer Services at The Miriam Hospital. She will perhaps best be remembered professionally for her time in the Nashua, NH public school system as a paraprofessional for special needs students. Janice was an avid reader throughout her life, a gift she passed down to her children that was essential to their lifelong development. She also enjoyed coffee runs, crafting, jewelry, shopping trips with her daughter and friends, travel to warm destinations, days on the beach at Galilee Beach Club and making new friends from diverse backgrounds. People will likely remember her most for her open-mindedness and willingness to celebrate diversity in people, and in turn her lack of tolerance for intolerance. She loved nearly all animals, and they in turn loved her on an innate level, especially cats and most especially her cat Mr. Bojangles. Her family will remember her not for one single activity or memory but generally for her unrelenting commitment to helping others grow and develop into their truest selves. They will also remember her for setting the example that even with our internal struggles, we can still be a positive force on others’ lives.
Besides her husband Gary, she leaves children Nicholas (Nick) Archer of Highland Park NJ and Stacy Archer of Coventry RI; her sister Beverly DaCosta of Seekonk, MA; and several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father Manuel Fratus, mother Margaret Oliver Fratus, brother Manuel (Mickey) Fratus Jr. and her dearest friend Edith Paradis.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in her name to Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
Funeral services will be held privately at the convenience of the family.
S.R. Avery Funeral Home 3A Bank St., Hope Valley, RI is assisting the family with arrangements.
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