ODESSA Jan (Marker) Laijas, age 58, departed this life too soon on Monday, June 17, 2013, at Medical Center Hospital, Odessa, TX. She was born in Hobbs, NM, on July 16, 1954, to Barbara Ann and Bob Marker.
Jan lived much of her life in Hobbs, where she graduated high school in 1972, moving to Odessa with her husband David Laijas in 1985. She tended bar most of her adult life, working locally at the Elks Lodge
and the American Legion, where she really loved her "Vets." In 1992, she attended nursing school at Odessa College, where she received her RN. Jan was a nurse on 5 Central at Medical Center Hospital for 18 years. Although she was loved for her endless compassion and wonderful heart, it was as a nurse that she really shined. Her passion was to care for and comfort others in their time of need. She will be greatly missed.
In addition to her beloved mother, Barbara, and father, Bob, she is also preceded in death by her step-father, Jerry Daniel.
Those left to cherish her memory are her husband: David Laijas of Odessa; her sons: Matthew Cleveland of Odessa, Jon Newton of Odessa, Toby Laijas of Fort Worth; one daughter: Nora Laijas of Odessa; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She is also survived by her brother: Gus Marker and wife Carmen of Hobbs; one sister: Marilayne Marker Millwood and husband Bruce of Odessa; and two foster sisters: Vickie Lee of Lubbock, TX, and Robbie Morrison of Roswell, NM.
Her memorial service will be at 2:00 pm Friday, June 21, 2013, at Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W. University Blvd., Odessa, TX.
Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel and condolences to the family may be sent online at acreswestfuneral.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Home Hospice, 516 N. Texas, Odessa, TX 79761.