On December 13, 2022, surrounded by her family, Janice Hardin Magnuson passed into an
eternity with the Savior she served faithfully her entire life. A resident of Clarksville, Tennessee,
Janice was born in Robertson County on November 20, 1953, to the late Mary Lee McDuffie
Hardin Williams and the late William Douglas Hardin. In addition to her parents, she was
predeceased by her paternal grandparents, Gilford Hardin and Janette Hardin, her maternal
grandparents, Lucy Bell McDuffie and Charles Burton McDuffie, and her stepfather, J.B.
Williams. She is survived by her son, Jeffrey Daniel Magnuson, her daughter-in-law, Kelly Jo
Magnuson, step-grandchildren Dylan Rush and Kerrington Rush, her brother, William Wayne
Hardin (Carlette), her sister, Joan Hardin Fulton (Frankie), two nieces, a nephew, and several
great/grand nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind a community of friends and former
students whom she loved dearly and loved her in return. A Celebration of Life service is to be
held at 2:00 p.m. on December 31, 2022, at Grace Church of the Nazarene in Clarksville, with
Pastor Joe Voight officiating. Visitation will take place on the same day at the church from noon
to 2:00 p.m. There are no graveside services following the service, as her remains will be
cremated and interred in a private service at a later date in the Hardin family plot at Pleasant Hill
Baptist Church Cemetery in Robertson County.
Janice was a graduate of East Robertson High School in Cross Plains, Tennessee, and received
Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Austin Peay State University. Her life was a full one,
defined by three elements: her faith, her family, and her music, and she experienced the joy of
combining all three. A gifted pianist, she taught music privately as well as in an educational
setting for much of her adult life. She served as the pianist for several churches as well as for the
Chaplain’s services at Fort Campbell, the latter of which often required her to play for
congregations of different faiths and denominations several times a week. She also was sought
after for weddings, funerals, and musical programs of all types. Janice was very active in various
faith-based activities, and one of her great joys was teaching a Precepts class where, as with her
piano teaching, her students became lifelong friends and cherished her for what she was and what
she lived as well as what she taught them.
Janice lived in Clarksville most of her adult life, but she also lived for several years in Germany,
where she was a military wife and where her beloved son Jeff was born. She remained close
friends with many of those she met while she was overseas. Janice took great joy in her family,
with Kelly being as close to her as a daughter. She loved Dylan and Kerrington with an
embracing heart and took pride in their achievements and their growth into mature Christian
adults. She loved her siblings and their families and knew a peace at having them close to her
and involved in her care during the last days of her life.
The family would like to thank all those who attended to Janice, provided health and hospice
care, and reached out in friendship and concern during her final days. A special thanks goes to
Kelly, who was Janice’s primary care-giver and simply always there when Janice needed her. In
lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation may do so to Grace Church of the Nazarene or
St. Jude’s Hospital.
Arrangements are under the care of Gateway Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 335 Franklin St. Clarksville, TN 37040. Phone: 931-919-2600. Online condolences may be made by visiting gatewayfh.com.