Let the memory of Jan be with us forever.
The only donations you need offer are your stories with/about Jan. A small memorial service will be announced at a later time. There will be no funeral service performed per Jan's request.
  • 70 years old
  • Born on October 16, 1948 in San Angelo, Texas, United States.
  • Passed away on April 27, 2019 in Tucson, Arizona, United States.
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Janice Wray 70 years old , born on October 16, 1948 and passed away on April 27, 2019. We will remember her forever.
Posted by BRENDA WIGGINS on October 13, 2019
Jan and I met in 2009 at the Hand Surgery Center as nurses there and we bonded right away. Over the years we became soul sisters and bffs. We visited back and forth from time to time after I left Colorado. We had many road trips together and it was always a great time.
Jan taught me so much in quilting and I have several items she made for me that I will forever hang onto. 
We shared many secrets together and we both knew if we had to get something off our chests it was just a phone call.
In 2015 I lost my 3 dachshunds to illness and I was a basket case. I called Jan to cry on her shoulder and three days later she drove to Tulsa from Denver to get me back to life. I will never forget this trip as she stayed until I felt like meeting people again. She was my rock.
I was devastated when she called to tell me she was diagnosed with cancer. My heart was broken. I kept in touch weekly and went to Tucson for a week to just be close to her. She slept a lot, but she was near me. We watched a lot of Hallmark flicks lying in her bed.
On Easter Sunday I flew to Tucson and found her in the hospital, again my heart was broken. Cyndi and I took care of her for 5 days and on the 6th day my dear friend passed to heaven with my arms around her. I will for EVER love this woman and I miss her more than anyone knows. I love you Jan.
Posted by Howard Ogg on October 13, 2019
I love you momma Jan. You were very gracious and kind. I will always cherish the memories in the relatively short time that I knew you. Thank you for the daughter you have in Cyndi who is now my wife. I promise to always love and care for her. Love you momma.
Posted by Sharon Stuht on October 11, 2019
Cyndi and Kim, I know you can always treasure the fact that your mom was a hard working lady who, if I remember the story correctly, raised you two much on her own. I saw the creativeness in her and her love for you two in the pics of the great Halloween costumes and the tumbleweed Christmas Tree. How uniquely wonderful!
Every year I hang the Christmas ornaments that your mom hand painted and that you gifted me Cyndi. They will continue to be part of my Christmas tradition until the day I die and I will think of her every time I don my tree with them. ☺
I also wanted to share a memory that you told me about Cyndi from when you were young girls. You said that being on a budget was something that was ever present growing up and, as a member of a family of 8 myself, i understood this well! You told me that one day, one of the kids you played with in the neighborhood was over and you or Kim were making frozen orange juice from concentrate and that kid thought you were making it "from scratch". Apparently they always had the ready to pour, more expensive kind at their house and didn't have to work so hard for their juice! Lol!
Anyway, I just wanted to say that I know your mom loved you two girls very much and, I'm sure, worked hard to provide for you because she wanted you to have a good life. She sure was incredibly proud of her 4 grandchildren and how you raised them Cyndi. She said so at Josh's highschool graduation.
May you rest in peace Jan Marie Wray.
God Bless!
Posted by Lisa Zinn on October 10, 2019
Jan always had a cute sense of humor! Loved hanging out with her and laughing. She was incredibly talented with the various quilts she created for me, her grandkids and those that were important to her. I loved having my quilts hanging in my classroom for everyone to see and admire. She will be missed.
Posted by Cyndi Ogg on October 10, 2019
Love you Mom! 
Posted by Kimberly Wray on October 9, 2019
One more memorable outings was for my birthday in 2018 while visiting her in Tucson we went on a Ghost Tour of The Birdcage in Tombstone AZ. This place was featured on Ghost Hunters and although it was done for my birthday, I felt she enjoyed this just as much as I did. It made me happy to see her happy and doing things she enjoyed besides quilting. We even had one of the spirits follow us home and play some pranks until we thanked him for his trust in us, it was time to go back to the Birdcage and as far as I could tell he did. His name was Joshua. 

Another great memory was a birthday pary at Eliches where we celebrated both my and my Sister's birthdays. The cake was in a train with Diabetic Chocolate Cake alternating with regular Strawberry cake for my Sister on a licorice train track. Actually, mom made many memorable cakes over the years to include Doll Cakes, Carousel's, Bunny, A Bare Breasted Lady, Mickey Mouse and more.

For the most memorable Christmas, I have to vote for the one in which we did not have a lot of money and could not afford a regular pine Christmas Tree. Luckily, we live across the street from the open desert. In which Mom went out and found 2 nice large tumbleweeds, took some white spray paint and painted them, place them one atop the other and we decorated it with light-weight ornaments. It was the best Tree ever. (I have posted a pic of it)

My Mom and I did not see eye to eye on many things and yes we would argue and tell each other we hated one another, but what child-parent relationship did not have those moments, but I can only hope it was not for our entire relationship I know it was not from my end. 

I have many good times but to share them all I would take up a lot of room. The ones I have mentioned already are the most prominent in my mind at present. I may share more later.

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