Boone County treasurer remembered as dedicated worker, loving mother

Wednesday, February 2, 2011 | 4:09 p.m. CST; updated 4:39 p.m. CST, Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Boone County Treasurer Jan Fugit

COLUMBIA — Despite a demanding job as Boone County treasurer, Jan Fugit's devotion to her family did not waver.

“She really took all her jobs seriously,” her husband, Darin Fugit, said. “But first and foremost, she was a wife and mother.”

Keeping her kids active in the school and community was important to Mrs. Fugit, who spent time taking her 12-year-old sons, Charlie and Carter, to two different basketball leagues, band, chess club and the church youth group.

Mrs. Fugit died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011, at Boone Hospital Center of unforeseen medical issues found during a routine operation a few weeks ago. She was 43.

Janice Sue (Dees) Fugit was born in St. Louis in 1967 to Charles “C.O.” and Sally Dees.

Mrs. Fugit grew up in Crystal City and graduated at the top of her high school class.

She met her husband in college, and they were married for nearly 20 years.

“We met because of politics,” Darin Fugit said. “I was like the president of the College Democrats, and she had a mutual friend that was working on a political campaign.”

Fugit graduated from MU with a degree in accounting and began her career as a state auditor. She worked for the Missouri Department of Insurance and the Missouri Department of Higher Education for about six years. She later worked at Boone  Hospital Center as the manager of finance for 13 years.

In March 2010, Gov. Jay Nixon appointed her the Boone County treasurer, succeeding Kay Murray, who retired. Later in the year, Mrs. Fugit was elected to the same office.

“She was very friendly; she was a dedicated public servant,” Darin Fugit said. “She was always looking for ways to save money."

Outside work, Jan Fugit loved to sing and cross-stitch. She sang at churches and for weddings, and had lately been singing for her sons.

She once cross-stitched a 14-by-14-inch Norman Rockwell painting, which hangs in her room. 

The Fugits are members of Parkade Baptist Church, and Mrs. Fugit had earlier been a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

"She was very dedicated to (her sons') spiritual development and made sure they were involved in church activities," Pastor Chris Cook of Parkade Baptist Church said in an e-mail.  "She was an active and integral part of our young adult Sunday School class."

Jan Fugit is survived by her husband, Darin Fugit; sons, Charlie and Carter; a sister, Julie Hunn, and a brother, John Dees, both of Crystal-Festus City.

Her parents died earlier.

Services will be held on Saturday at Parkade Baptist Church, 2102 N. Garth Ave. Visitation will be from noon to 3 p.m., and the service will follow at 3 p.m. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 Business Loop 70 W.

In lieu of flowers, the family is suggesting donations to the college fund for Mrs. Fugit's sons. The scholarship will be set up through Commerce Bank when the bank opens on Thursday.

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