CAMDEN — Janice (Bowley) Manus passed away peacefully at Sussman House Aug. 15, 2022. She was 73 and suffered from Parkinson’s disease with Lewy Body dementia for a number of years.

Janice was born at the old Camden Hospital on Mountain Street Jan. 29, 1949, and was the daughter of Lorin E. Bowley and Martha (Roberts) Bowley. She laughed, pedaled her bike, and excelled as a student. After graduating from Camden High School in 1967, her mother’s roots in Tallahassee, Fla., drew her to Florida State University where she met and later married James Manus. They were blessed with a daughter, Jennifer. Although they later divorced, Janice maintained a close friendship with Jimmy and his wife Mary Jo, sharing many holidays and special occasions together as a family.

Known to all as a kind, giving, and loving soul, Janice pursued a fitting career in nursing. Eventually settling in Atlanta, Ga., she worked for several years as charge nurse of a hospital surgical unit, followed by many years at Roswell OB/GYN.

Janice was active in her local church, the Dunwoody Women’s Club, and volunteered for the Atlanta Assistance League.

Along with her dearest friend, Lynn (McComiskey) Bushee, she fulfilled her long held dream of coming “home” to Camden in 2015, where she joined the Rockport Garden Club and learned to play Mahjongg. Although diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2015, she continued to live a full life until a hip fracture contributed to her declining health, and her dementia escalated.Janice is survived by her devoted daughter, Jennifer of Camden; sister, Sharon (Bowley) Kolb of Atlanta, sister, Sandra Bowley of Camden; niece, Laura Kolb Erspamer and husband, Chad Erspamer of Virginia; nephews, Glenn Kolb, and Matthew Kolb; great nephews, Camden Kolb, Noah, and Dylan Erspamer. She is predeceased by parents Lorin and Martha Bowley, and brother, Steven Bowley.

The family wishes to give special thanks to all of those who cared for Janice in her home the last couple of years, as well as the caring staff at Sussman House.

A service celebrating Janice’s life is scheduled for 2 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 30, at the First Congregational Church UCC. 55 Elm St., Camden. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Parkinson’s Foundation ( or Michael J. Fox Foundation ( or Camden Area District Nursing Association, P.O. Box 547, Camden, ME 04843.

Condolences may be shared at Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 9 Mountain St., Camden.