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Janice Ruth ‘Jan’ Williamson

Friday, August 25, 2023
Janice Ruth ‘Jan’ Williamson

Funeral services for Mrs. Janice Ruth “Jan” Williamson, age 80, of Kingwood, Texas, will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, August 26, 2023, at Owens Memorial Chapel in Ruston, with Kim Long officiating.

Burial will be held in the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Ruston under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Ruston.

Jan was born May 1, 1943, in New Orleans, to Cincinnattis Powell and Lelia Ruth Simmons and passed away August 17, 2023, in Spring, Texas. She grew up in Delhi, and attended Delhi High School where she participated in cheerleading, basketball and the homecoming court.

Jan attended Louisiana Tech University and later attended Kingwood College before graduating in 1995 with a BA in Marketing.

During her husband’s professional football career, she was a proud Raider and Patriots wife. Jan taught fourth grade Sunday School at First United Methodist Church and led the United Methodist Women, including their annual bazaar, at the First United Methodist Church in Bossier City. She was co-leader and “ Mrs. W” to Bossier City’s Girl Scout Troop 197. More than anything else, Jan devoted her life to her family. She was a strong, sassy, fun and loving woman who will be missed by many.

Janice was preceded in death by her infant daughter, Sherrie Robin; husband of 58 years, John Robert Williamson; parents; and brother, Charles Edward Simmons, Sr.

Jan is survived by her son, John Michael “ Mike” ( Cheryl) Williamson; daughters, Angela (Carl) Potter and Melissa ( Mitch) Chailland; grandchildren who she was “Mimi” to, Michael (Sabrina) Williamson, Christopher ( Honora) Williamson, Robin ( Blake) Bourgoyne, Will Potter and Sophie Chailland; great- grandchildren, Brigg, Kanon, Madeline and Ashley; and a host of other family and many friends.

The family would like to express many thanks to The Village at Gleannloch Farms in Spring, Texas for their loving care of Janice. As she would say, “Ciao Baby!”

Serving as pallbearers will be Will Potter, Michael Williamson, Chris Williamson, Blake Bourgoyne, Chad Simmons, Thad Simmons and Brigg Williamson.