Janis Louise "Jan" McKee
1945 - 2020
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December 4, 1945 - July 29, 2020

Our beautiful and much-loved Janis died unexpectedly on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 with family by her side. The daughter of the late Ellsworth J. and Katherine McIrvin, Jan grew up in Vancouver, WA, and graduated from Hudson’s Bay High School and Clark College.
Jan was vibrant, engaging, funny and talented. She had a gift for finding the lighter side of life. Even as a toddler, it was clear Jan had a natural ability to compose music and play the piano by ear. This love for the piano sustained Jan through life and was a source of both solace and inspiration.
Over her years of dedicated service as an addictions counselor, Jan gave much to the well-being of others. She guided, inspired and empowered; and she saved lives. In her later years, after retirement, this concern for the struggling and marginalized in society translated into a passionate and informed commitment to social justice, equity, and political engagement.
Jan was predeceased by her infant great-grandson.
She is survived by her loving family, Jeffrey Anderson and Julie Tarbell of Vancouver, Sally Hansen (California); Carol Severson (British Columbia); seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister, Sharon McIrvin Abu-Laban and family in Canada and many close cousins.
Please sign her guest book @ www.vancouverfuneral chapel.net and share a memory @ www.columbian.com/obits.

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Published in The Columbian on Aug. 9, 2020.
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August 10, 2020
Mama Jan was always so wonderful to me and when I was being "toughloved" at their house she never made me do any chores or sit at the table reading the toughlove handbooks or workbooks, it was movies and popcorn and hanging out with my best friend jujubean!!! Mama Jan was an amazing woman who always had a hug and a smile for you when she saw you... I will always love Mama Jan and will miss her warm smile and gentle hugs!!!
Jujubean you know you are part of my family and they love you too and we are here for should you need anything!!
I love you jujubean!!!
Cynthia Martin
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