How the world last saw her, smiling and so grateful.
Her happiest moment in her final days, when a herd of wild horses approached her in the desert.
The Life of Janice Rios
Janice Rios died of natural causes in her Green Bay home on November 17, 2017. She was the perfect example of living life to the fullest which was evident right up until her dying day. She bestowed the world with beauty, perspective, passionate spirit and loving compassion. She lived in Germany for 3 years in her youth and discovered her love for photography there, photographing her young son. Inspired by the Swiss Alps and later on by the mountains of Colorado where she lived for 20 years, she craved to see and capture the world's beauty. She loved the southwest part of the country especially, and she spent her last days in Nevada with good friends, visiting a place that had always been on her bucket list – Death Valley. Peacefully content and having expressed her gratitude for life to everyone dear to her, she passed away silently in her home a week later. Her life presence was anything but silent. Quick with her witty sense of humor, she was rarely ever seen without a smile on her face and her laugh permeating the atmosphere which brought joy and inspiration to many who knew her. She was a photography master and her legacy will live on in her work and her collaborations with other artists she loved. Jan photographed two romance book covers in the last years of her life, “My Only Sunshine” by Mary Ann Rivers and “Late Fall” by Noelle Adams. Her creative ideas in her studio captured the attention of an international photographer who worked on a cruise ship and she was asked to share her skills in the Caribbean in 2016. She is the mother of two sons, Troy and Shane. She was the adoptive mother of several more who she cared deeply for in the final years of her life. She was a joy to be around and a truly talented artist with endless personality. Many were saddened by her unexpected exit, but left hopeful in knowing how happy and grateful she was right up until her last day. She lived. She loved. She saw beauty in the world and yearned to share what she saw with others, hoping to inspire as many people as she could to witness the beauty in life and to live in the moment.
One of her most prized photos, her canvas of fireworks over Lambeau Field.
In her element, photographing the Great Sand Dunes of Colorado in 2015.