Eva Jane J. Sargent (Janie) 54 of Williston ND, formerly of Chinook Montana, was called home peacefully while at her home surrounded by her family on December 30,2017 following a battle with cancer. Janie was born in Newcastle Wyoming on February 11, 1963 to Clarence H. and Jeanette C. (Martin) Sargent.Janie attended schools in Chinook, but transferred to Powell County high school in Deer Lodge, Montana where she graduated in May of 1981.
In February 1981, Janie was blessed to become a mother to the first of four children, a son, Anthony followed by a daughter Rebecca, in 1985, a son Richard in 1989, and a daughter Felicia in 1992. Janie’s children were the light of her life and she made sure that everyone knew it.
Janie was never afraid of a hard day at work especially if it meant providing for her family. She worked diligently at many jobs in her lifetime but her true passion was her time spent as a cook. Janie took great pride in all the dishes she created but most loved were her delicious breakfasts, famous potato salad, and chicken fried steak. Janie was also known for her exceptional talent of baking and decorating birthday cakes. Janie began cooking at a young age which led her to manage many kitchens with pride.
On May 2, 2002. Janie would add a new title to her belt one she cherished most in life, she became a grandma. The first of nine grandchildren, a grandson Ridge, followed by another grandson Raider a couple years later. Chenille, her first granddaughter enriched her life in 2006. Janie would be blessed with five more granddaughters; Kaydence, Madysen, Mischa, Mikaya, and kylar before having another grandson Isaac in 2016. Janie was eagerly awaiting the arrival of grandchild number ten in the summer of 2018.
Janie worked hard her entire life. Simple things made her happy but most important was the love and joy she had for her family. Janie would give the shirt off her back to anyone she felt needed it. She could always be counted on to lighten the mood she loved to bring joy to others. She could always be counted on for a good laugh and a hot meal. Janie dedicated much of her time efforts and passions most recently to managing and operating Trout Haven Resort until health complications and a cancer diagnosis prevented her from doing so any longer forcing her into an early retirement.
Janie will be greatly loved and missed and forever impacted by all who knew her.
Janie had eight siblings. Three of which preceded her in death Joyce Bryan, Martha Stearns, and Daniel Sargent. She is survived by siblings Kathy (Dale) zoteman, Jody (Randy) Roth, Carol (Don) Sorenson, Richard (Bobbie) Sargent and Darcy Sletvold and two brother in laws of the preceding Gary Brian and Wes Stearns.
Janie is preceded in death by her parents Clarence and Jeanette, her sisters, Joyce and Martha, and one brother Daniel. Janie is survived by her husband Donald Thornton, her children, one son in law, grandchildren, siblings, and many nieces nephews and friends.