Jan Carolyn Nelson

Mom went home to be with our Merciful God, after a short battle with cancer on February 20, 2013. qJan was born on July 29, 1950, in Hobbs, New Mexico, to Bobbie Kennedy and Billy James Kennedy. She received most of her education in Midland, then moved to Andrews. There, she ran the Conoco Café and waited tables at other establishments. In 1979, she moved back to Midland, where she waited tables at the Sheraton Inn, Nita's Café, and other establishments, before becoming disabled with COPD. After raising her children, she spent several years spoiling her precious grandchildren. qShe is preceded in death by her mother, Bobbie Sharp; her father, Billy James Kennedy; the love of her life, Jerry Lynn Gunter; one sister, Joyce Hammond; and three sons: Robert Charles, Edwin Ryan, and Michael Wayne "Bubba". Those left behind to honor and cherish her memory are her six daughters: Mary Ann Brashear and husband, Brad; Holly Schneider and husband, Mikeul; Paula Howell; Kellie Nandin and husband, Armando; Tammy Harris; Brenda Furr and husband, Bobby; eleven grandchildren: Terry York, Cassie York, Ashley Nelson, Dalilah Nandin, Vincente Nandin, Matthew Holocomb, Aaron Howell, Mindi Harris, Michelle Harris, Brooklynn Furr, and Bobby Furr, Jr.; one great granddaughter, Katelynn Smith; brother, Billy Bob Kennedy; sister, Naomi Orman; and many nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the staff on the 6th floor of Midland Memorial, and Compass Hospice for their care and compassion during this time. Family will receive friends on Saturday, February 23, 2013, between the hours 3:00 - 5:00 p.m., at the funeral home. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2013, at 6:00 p.m., at West Kentucky Baptist Church. Online condolences may be offered at: www.ellisfunerals.com.

Funeral Home

Ellis Funeral Home
801 Andrews Highway Midland, TX 79701
(432) 683-5555

Published in Midland Reporter-Telegram on Feb. 23, 2013