With God the rainbow is always bigger than the storm.
  • Born on August 11, 1956 in Port Arthur, Texas, United States.
  • Passed away on April 12, 2019 in Sugar Land, Texas, United States.


Jan was a mother, a daughter, a sister, a friend, and a grandmother who dedicated her life to caring for other people. She kept our memories alive with songs and stories and traditions and poems. Jan loved the Lord and her church family. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” was her favorite verse, and she built her life on that faith. 

No matter how hard things were, her starting point was always love. She took every possible chance to let us all know that we were loved, cherished, wanted. She showed us through countless gifts and acts that said: “Remember! You are special!” She taught us about strength, vulnerability, playfulness, and how to turn any day into a holiday. She was a master with puns (you might call her a pundit, or a pun-slinger even). She was one of the purest hearts we’ve ever known.

We love her so much.

Donate in Jan's Memory

In lieu of flowers, we ask that you make a donation in Jan’s name to one of the following organizations:

  • The Alzheimer's Association: Alzheimer’s and dementia affected many of Jan’s loved ones, from her sister Linda, to her sister-in-law Bean, to her mother Emma. The Alzheimer’s Association seeks to eliminate the disease through the advancement of research and provides care to millions living with the disease. Make a donation in Jan’s name here: https://act.alz.org/site/Donation
  • The COPD Foundation: Jan lived with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) for many years. The COPD Foundation supports research that will lead to prevention and a cure, and provides free services and materials to 210 million people living with COPD worldwide. Make a donation in Jan’s name here: https://www.copdfoundation.org/Take-Action/Donate/Donate-Now.aspx
  • Alston Road Church of Christ: This church has been Jan’s spiritual family since her sons were in diapers over 35 years ago. Members of the church have provided friendship, comfort, and care to Jan, Brent, and Drew throughout their lives. If you’d like to donate to the church, donations can be made in person at the memorial.

We'd like to know about your gift so that we can see the cumulative impact that Jan's memory is having in the world and so we can share our gratitude with you. We welcome you to leave a note on the Tribute page.

Posted by Lynell Landry on May 9, 2019
I was one of Jan's classmates in Nederland. I pray the Lord will give you comfort in your time of loss. The Class of 1974 has just made a donation to the Alzheimer's Association in Jan's Name.
Posted by MARSHA DUPLESSIS on April 23, 2019
I just got the Internet back today and just heard about Jan. I am so sorry Brent and Drew although I know how much she loved both of you so much. Everytime we talked, which was every couple of weeks, she always talked about how proud she was of you and that she loved and missed you both. Since we traveled so much together, I will miss her forever. Susie was kind enough to break the news to me. Rest in peace Jan. Drew or Brent, please get in touch with me as I have something to tell you. Marsha
Posted by Diane Mills on April 22, 2019
Jan was a fellow Grimmlin (Michael Grimm fan), who I found out was also a fellow Clay Aiken fan, so we shared a love of singers gifted with fabulous voices! She was one of the most gracious, tolerant and kind people I have ever met, even with those whose opinions she disagreed with. And her collages were beautiful! I am so glad she spent some precious times with her sons and their families, and it was clear they loved her very much! We will all miss her down here, but the angels are rejoicing...I made a donation in her memory to the COPD Foundation and hope their efforts can help others who suffer from this, including my husband who recently went on oxygen.
Posted by Monica Spittler on April 19, 2019
I have many of the same memories that Christy Guess shared (minus band). I moved to Texas before starting 7th grade and met Jan at school. We lived five houses apart from each other so we saw each other almost every day. Our friendship remained strong through all the years of school and after. We shared the births of our children and many life events throughout the years. Her friendship stayed steadfast and watching her facing her health issues with courage was very inspiring. Her love for her family was without question. We had a fifty year friendship for which I will always cherish. Knowing she will reunite with her family members in heaven makes it a bit easier to let go, but she will be missed by so many.
Posted by Ryan Rhodes on April 18, 2019
Our cousin Jan was a very special person who cared deeply about family and all those around her. Amidst our sadness at her passing, we are proud to donate in her name to the Alzheimer's Association. May this symbol of Jan's giving spirit help bring comfort to other families like ours. With Love, Danielle and Ryan Rhodes

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