Janet “Jan” Willis

Janet “Jan” Harriet Willis
December 31, 1941 – March 13, 2016

Jan Willis, 74, of Bryan, returned to her father in heaven on Sunday, March 13, 2016 in Bryan, Texas. A service honoring her life will be held at 10:00am, Wednesday, March 16th, at Wesley United Methodist Church.

Jan was born in Everett, Washington to Harry and Verna Bohnstedt Pennington on December 31, 1941. She spent most of her grade school years in Jos, Nigeria, as her parents, missionaries, spread the word of the Lord. Then as a teenager, she returned to Washington State to finish her education. She worked as the church secretary and/or Christian education director, her entire life. An excellent pianist, she shared her love for the Lord and others, by playing piano for church services, teaching piano and filling her home with hymns for all to hear. She was a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and dear friend to so many and her love for all was palpable.

She is preceded in death by her parents Harry and Verna, loving step-mother Miriam, sister Gladys and daughter-in-law Shireen. She is survived by her husband of 33 years, Garry Willis; her son Daniel Betz and wife Linda; her daughter Melody Walz and husband Lowell; her son Greg Betz; her son Ron Betz and wife Kim; her daughter Stefanie Yandell and husband Kyle; step-children Michele and Michael; 25 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

She was loved by all and freely retuned that love without hesitation. She was loved, is loved and will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be given in her name to Wesley United Methodist Church.

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  1. Dearest Gary,
    This is Chriss Franks, I am so sorry to hear about Jan. I will always remember our visits at DQ

  2. Garry and family, we were so very saddened to learn of the passing of Jan. She was such a very sweet and caring lady that will truly be missed. She was a joy talking with when you all came to the Butcher Block. She and Alice thought so much of each other and enjoyed their visits while you shopped. The world will not be the same without Jan and Heaven will be glorious. Our condolences and prayers to all. The Putz Family @ Ed’s Butcher Block

  3. Gary, I wish that I had had the opportunity to know Jan better. I know she was your loving wife for many years & she will be missed by you & your family. I believe the Lord has His arms around Jan & is comforting her. She has gone home & she is well. I believe Jan would want you to know that.
    May God bless you Gary in the days ahead & always.

  4. Dear Stephanie and other members of Jan’s family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Jan’s death. We shared many happy hours of wonderful music at St. Michael’s Episcopal School in Bryan. May her eternal life be filled with music!

    • Thanks,Mrs. Brown. It’s hard to believe it’s been a month. A long hard month. But I found myself here and your note. Thank you.

  5. Stefanie, Our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your mother. We pray that God will bless and comfort you with many cherished memories.

    • Thanks Carla and Brad. I’m sorry I didn’t get to this sooner. But I just found myself here and saw your note. Thank you for taking the time to send it.

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