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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