West Plains, MO Location (417) 256-4141

Thayer, MO Location (417) 264-7242

Charleen Janes
Charleen Janes

Charleen Phern Janes was born the daughter of Jewell Crase and Alta (Combs) Crase on September 21, 1927, in Myrtle, Missouri, and departed this life January 5, 2013, at Shady Oaks Healthcare Center in Thayer, Missouri, at the age of 85 years.

She was united in marriage October 26, 1946, in Salem, Arkansas, to Cleo Janes, who preceded her in death on February 28, 2001.

She is survived by one sister, Lucrecia DuBois of Thayer, Missouri; one brother-in-law, Glen Janes and wife, Geneva of Ozark Acres, Arkansas; two sisters-in-law, Nadine Crase of Alton, Missouri, and Irene (Janes) Childers of Thayer, Missouri; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jewell and Alta Crase; her husband, Cleo Janes; one brother, Royal Cornelius “Neal” Crase, and one infant sister, Maxine Crase.

Charleen was a 1945 graduate of the Couch High School. After graduation, she attended Southwest Missouri State Teachers College at Springfield, Missouri.

Her love of children and the desire to teach led her to the first teaching position at the Arytown one room school. Later, she taught at Many Springs and other rural schools in the Couch and Myrtle areas.

She was employed by the Division of Family Services in Alton, Missouri, retiring in 1986, after many years of service.

Charleen was a charter member of the Thayer Free Will Baptist Church, faithfully attending as long as health permitted.

She will be remembered as a Christian lady with a kind heart, a giving spirit, and a deep devotion to her family. She will truly be missed by all.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 2:00 PM in the Carter Funeral Home Chapel at Thayer. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 12:00 noon until service time at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Thayer Cemetery with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer.



  1. Darrell and Esther Strain
    January 6, 2013 @ 8:05 pm

    Charleen was one of my favorite elementary school teachers when I was a student at Many Springs. Her Christian attitude impressed me as a student and later as a minister.
    Our sympathy to the family.


  2. Joe and Marita Bray
    January 6, 2013 @ 8:57 pm

    Lucretia, we are saddened to hear of Charlene’s passing. Wish we could be there for the visitation and funeral. We will be thinking of you.


  3. Larry, Gary, and Dortha Crase
    January 8, 2013 @ 3:25 pm

    We are deeply saddened by the passing of Charlene and she will be missed. We stop in on her everytime we visit the Thayer area. May God Bless Charlene and her entire family and
    if we can help in any way please let me know. Sorry we could not be there in person during the visitation or funeral service. I have recently returned home from the hospital and not up to the 6 hour drive. I notified Dad ( Finice Crase) of Charlene’s passing. You are all in our prayers, and it’s comforting to know that she is with the Lord and at peace and free from the ill’s of life. May God Bless you all and comfort you. Love Larry Crase


  4. Gary Crase
    January 8, 2013 @ 8:23 pm

    Lucretia, Rose and Family, I was deeply saddened to her of Charlene’s passing.
    I was glad that I had the opportunity to visit with Charlene, Lucretia and Rose this past year
    I was blessed to have her as a cousin and a friend and doubly blessed as “Double Cousins”.
    My thoughts and prays go out to you all.
    God Bless,
    Gary Crase


  5. Glenda Cooley
    January 10, 2013 @ 2:22 pm

    Miss Charlene was one of the nicest ladies that I have had the privilege of knowing, even if it was for a short time at Shepherd’s View. I enjoyed listening to her talk about the early days of school teaching. She was a compassionate lady in every sense of the word.


  6. Euel & Wanda Tinker (Crase)
    January 20, 2013 @ 12:15 pm

    We are very sorry to hear of Charlene’s passing. Due to health problems we were not able to come down home for the services.
    Euel & Wanda


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