Janice Elizabeth Baulch, age 69, of Odessa, TX, passed away on Monday, June 4, 2018 at Medical Center Hospital after a lengthy illness.
Janice was born June 30, 1948 to Bates and Frankie Baulch in Brownwood, TX. She attended school in Coleman, TX as well as Lovington, New Mexico, where she graduated in 1966. While in school Janice loved participating in sports which eventually led to her coaching girls’ volleyball and track.
After graduation, Janice attended New Mexico Junior College and was a member of the first graduating class of NMJC. She continued her education at West Texas State University earning a Bachelor of Science degree and later a Master of Education degree from WTSU as well as a Master of Administration from UTPB. She began her career in education as a teacher of science at Midland Lee High School. While teaching at Midland Lee, Janice also coached the girls’ volleyball and track teams for several years. Her teaching led her to become the Department Chairman for the science department at Midland Lee and eventually, the Director for Science Education for Midland ISD. Janice retired from education in December of 2007 after 36 years educating the children of Midland.
Janice is preceded in death by her parents, Bates and Frankie Baulch and her brother, David.
She is survived by her sister, Polly Salyards and her husband, Dennis of Odessa, TX; brother, Byron R. Baulch of Odessa, TX; nephews, Stephen Harrison and his wife, Heather of Lubbock, TX, James Harrison and his wife, Denelle of Tucson, Arizona, John Baulch and wife Sarah of New Hampshire; niece, Sarah Elizabeth Baulch of Hereford, TX; as well as numerous cousins, great nieces and nephews and close, lifelong friends.
Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 PM, Friday, June 8, 2018 at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home.
Funeral Services will be at 10:00 AM, Saturday, June 9, 2018 at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Stephen Harrison, officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Honorary pallbearers, the people that shared a lifelong friendship with Janice include Cynthia and Sonny Williams, Billy Gilbreath, Patsy Eidson Ward, Judy Eidson Mulder, Margie Fort Bruns, Priscilla Allen Hale and Debbie Sims.
The family would like to thank Dr. Sudhir Amaram, Dr. Timothy George, Dr. Carl Brown, the nursing staff of Medical Center Hospital, Texas Oncology, and Star Hospice of Odessa for the care given to Janice through the years.
May she rest in Peace. I met Paula at Lee high School, she was a wonderful person and great coach. She will be dearly missed but her spirt lives on. Prayers for the family.
Armando PilladoIrving, TX
Coach Baulch made a great impact in my life. After my knee surgery from a volleyball injury at the beginning of my junior year she was always a great mentor and taught me to never give up and for me to continue my dreams. She will always be in my heart as not only a good coach but a great person to lean on as well as a very supportive role model. Rest in peace coach you will never be forgotten. Thanks for all you did for me and my family. Thoughts and prayers to the Baulch family.
Class of 1990
Ronnie SandovalCrane, TX
My deepest sympathies in the loss of your beloved sister!! Am thinking of and praying for you and your family. She sounded like a wonderful person who shared so richly with so many people! Will be remembering you this weekend!
Charlotte WhitakerMidland, TX
Mrs. Baulch was my biology A & P teacher in 1989. She was wonderful. She was one of several amazing science teachers that inspired me to be a biologist.
Ginger BrininstoolBaton Rouge, LA
Janice, I look forward to discussing our backgrounds in teaching with you in heaven! Maybe that won't be an important subject since we will be filled with Our Lord's Glory then!
Adrienne Revell JahnsLA VERKIN, UT
She was such a wonderful and inspirational teacher. I had the pleasure of being in her Honors A&P class back in the 90’s at Lee. She will be missed.
Allison Dunaway HurlockTrophy Club, TX
Ms Baulch, you were the best volleyball coach ever. You were so good to me. I've remembered you all these years. You impacted my life positively . The years at Lee High School were 1977 ,- 1979. I love ya girl.
Danna LewisMidland, TX
Ms. Baluch was one of my favorite teachers at LHS and I am so sad to hear of her passing. Peace be with her family and friends.
Heather FarisMidland, TX
So sorry to hear of Ms. Baulch passing. She was my science teacher at Lee. Prayers for the family.
Charlotte Lytke BruceMidland, TX
Dearest Byron and family,
I’m so sorry for the loss of your sister!
Lane Dickerson Springer
Lane SpringerMidland, TX
So sorry to hear of Janice's passing. May you feel God's comfort and peace. Neva Ray Beeter.
West State State University Friend. Class of 1971
Neva Ray BeeterPleasanton, TX
Praying for peace and comfort for you all!!!
Janice was a beautiful lady!!
Vicki BrownCleveland,NM, NM
Janice was a very special friend and will always have a place in my heart! We went to WTSU and roomed together for many years I have a lot of great memories from those years! She not only a great friend but I thought of her like a sister! She was a great teacher and have touched many young lives! Polly and Byron I will be praying for God’s comforting arms to be around you! I loved her and I love you guys!
Paula ColeBrownwood, TX
Janice has been a dea friend for 56 years. Yes will miss her. Polly and Byron my prayers are with you
Patsy WardMidland, TX
What a good life she lived. Our families have known each other since we were kids in Lovington at school and at First Baptist Church. We wait all of our lives to see Jesus, and now she has done that. Blessings to all who love Janice. She will be missed so much, but we will see her again. Love to Polly and Byron.
Jeannie WesleyAbilene, TX