Janice Andrea Adams (Harbin)
Sunrise: November 30, 1950
Sunset: October 21, 2020
Janice Andrea Adams was born in Seattle, WA on November 30, 1950 to Leo & Mary Ruth Adams, who had recently relocated from Texas to Washington. She was raised in the Central Area of Seattle on 20th Ave, next to the infamous Monkey tree & what is now called the Mary Ruth Manor. Janice and her three older siblings helped out often with Adams Maintenance, their father’s successful painting & contracting business. Janice attended St. Joseph’s Catholic School from 1st-8th grade, and Holy Names Academy during high school. She was classical pianist who was ALWAYS on the Honor Roll. During her freshman year of college in 1969, she attended the historical Black college, Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio where she met & married Ronald Louis Harbin. They had their first child, Rea, in October 1969 & their 2nd child, Jenell, in July 1972. Then she returned to Seattle to finished college at the University of Washington, where she graduated with honors & obtained a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology in 5 years. After their divorce, Janice moved to the Seward Park area, obtained her Real Estate Agent license, working for Hubbard & Associates and Hardcastle Realty. By the mid 70’s, Janice had become one of the first African-American women in the country to obtain a Real Estate Broker’s License. Then she started her own company, Harbin Properties, in the Central Area, where she had several working agents and continued to practice Real Estate all her life. She showed people how to build their credit, and always emphasized the important of home ownership. Throughout her life, Janice also personally bought and sold numerous properties. During the 80’s, Janice met and later married Alonzo Bradley and they relocated from Seattle to Bellevue, where she gave birth to her 3rd child Racquel in November 1986. Janice was the definition of a dedicated mother! Even though she was running a business, she never missed any her daughter’s sports activities. She was one of the most unselfish people you will ever meet! Despite her own personal battle with cancer, Janice still took the time to surprise her daughter Jenell during her chemotherapy several times. Janice loved her grandchildren dearly!! They were her world. She would fly to watch her grandson “Boo” play around the country, and she loved attending her granddaughter Queen’s dance competitions/performances. She was one of the best cooks ever, and she loved throwing large parties. If you came in her house, you ate, and she NEVER showed up anywhere empty handed. There was never a holiday where Janice didn’t cook a full spread. We’ll never forget her infamous sayings, “Don’t bite the hand that feeds you!”, “Kill them with kindness!” and “You never miss your water until your well runs dry!”
Janice was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Ruth Adams, her father, Leo Adams, and her sister, Cheryl Clark. Janice is survived by her children: Rea Racquel Perry, 51 (sp. Ralph Perry), Jenell Renee Harbin, 48, and Racquel Renee Bradley, 34. Grandchildren: Yemoni Howell & Queen Aniyah Howell. Siblings: Sidney Clark and Royce House, and a host of nieces and nephews. Due to COVID restrictions, Janice’s family will be having a small family service.
Janice was a BOSS and inspired so many people! She will always be in our hearts……