Janice Sue (West) Williams

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Obituaries in Ardmore, OK | The Daily Ardmoreite

Janice Sue “Jan” West Williams, 68, passed away on January 1, 2022 at Wilson Nursing Center after an almost 3 year battle with kidney cancer. She was born September 15, 1953 in Ardmore, Oklahoma to Helen Hicks West and Willard “Sug” West. She was preceded in death by her Father 'Sug', her son Cody and nephew Josh.

Jan graduated from Ardmore High school in 1971. She started her family with the birth of her son, Stacy Lynn. She and David Wayne Drennan were married on 2/26/1974 and added another son, Cody Lee. They divorced in 1976. On 12/7/1982, she married Vana Ray Williams and they had a daughter, Jenny Rae Williams. They divorced after 23 years of marriage.

After her divorce with Wayne Drennan, Jan went to work at Medical Arts Clinic in Ardmore as a chart runner. Nora Littrell, RN, told her about the scholarship program available at Memorial Hospital of Southern Oklahoma. After receiving the scholarship and getting accepted to the RN nursing program, Jan quit her job, applied for welfare and enrolled full time at Murray State College and graduated in 1981 with her RN degree. The scholarship program required her to work for MHSO for the number of months she attended school. She paid them back by working 9 years in ICU and 3 years in the Education Department. Jan retired after 40 years in various roles from staff nurse to educator, home health, hospice and Administrator. She always said, “I went to Nursing school to feed my children, I found out it was my calling”.

Throughout her life Jan loved all music, going to concerts and the theater and loved to dance. She also loved traveling and took many road trips with her family, but her greatest joys in life were her children and being a Granna.

She is survived by her mother Helen, and son Stacy and his wife Corrie and their daughters Kylie and Sarah, and her daughter, Jenny and her sons Hudson, Jamisen and Logan. In addition, she leaves her sister Darla and husband Scott and their son Jeremy and his wife Scala and their children Ava and Aaden. She leaves her sister Cheri and husband Shannon and their daughters Hannah and her daughter Journey, Zamara and her boyfriend Dezmon and their son Kenzo and sons Will and Alec. Jan leaves many cousins and friends that were more like family including Willie and Stephanie Threet.

Every day is a new opportunity to choose joy, despite sorrow. To that end, we have planned a celebration of life service to share all the joy of Jan’s life. We have much to be thankful for and plan to gather Saturday, January 15th at 10:00am at Craddock Funeral Home in Ardmore (Masks required). A memorial room will be set up for visitation Thursday and Friday.

The family would like to give special thanks to the nurses and staff of Cross Timbers Hospice and the Wilson Nursing Center for not only being her caregivers but her friends.

In remembrance of Jan’s life and in lieu of flowers, the family asks than any charitable donations be made to Cross Timbers Hospice of Ardmore (https://crosstimbershospice.org/donate and/or Basset Rescue Across Texas (https//www.bassetrescueacrosstexas.org/

Online condolences can be made at www.craddockfuneralhome.com

Posted online on January 11, 2022

Published in Daily Ardmoreite

Obituaries in Ardmore, OK | The Daily Ardmoreite
Obituaries in Ardmore, OK | The Daily Ardmoreite

Janice Sue (West) Williams

Janice Sue “Jan” West Williams, 68, passed away on January 1, 2022 at Wilson Nursing Center after an almost 3 year battle with kidney cancer. She was born September 15, 1953 in Ardmore, Oklahoma to Helen Hicks West and Willard “Sug” West. She was preceded in death by her Father 'Sug', her son Cody and nephew Josh.

Jan graduated from Ardmore High school in 1971. She started her family with the birth of her son, Stacy Lynn. She and David Wayne Drennan were married on 2/26/1974 and added another son, Cody Lee. They divorced in 1976. On 12/7/1982, she married Vana Ray Williams and they had a daughter, Jenny Rae Williams. They divorced after 23 years of marriage.

After her divorce with Wayne Drennan, Jan went to work at Medical Arts Clinic in Ardmore as a chart runner. Nora Littrell, RN, told her about the scholarship program available at Memorial Hospital of Southern Oklahoma. After receiving the scholarship and getting accepted to the RN nursing program, Jan quit her job, applied for welfare and enrolled full time at Murray State College and graduated in 1981 with her RN degree. The scholarship program required her to work for MHSO for the number of months she attended school. She paid them back by working 9 years in ICU and 3 years in the Education Department. Jan retired after 40 years in various roles from staff nurse to educator, home health, hospice and Administrator. She always said, “I went to Nursing school to feed my children, I found out it was my calling”.

Throughout her life Jan loved all music, going to concerts and the theater and loved to dance. She also loved traveling and took many road trips with her family, but her greatest joys in life were her children and being a Granna.

She is survived by her mother Helen, and son Stacy and his wife Corrie and their daughters Kylie and Sarah, and her daughter, Jenny and her sons Hudson, Jamisen and Logan. In addition, she leaves her sister Darla and husband Scott and their son Jeremy and his wife Scala and their children Ava and Aaden. She leaves her sister Cheri and husband Shannon and their daughters Hannah and her daughter Journey, Zamara and her boyfriend Dezmon and their son Kenzo and sons Will and Alec. Jan leaves many cousins and friends that were more like family including Willie and Stephanie Threet.

Every day is a new opportunity to choose joy, despite sorrow. To that end, we have planned a celebration of life service to share all the joy of Jan’s life. We have much to be thankful for and plan to gather Saturday, January 15th at 10:00am at Craddock Funeral Home in Ardmore (Masks required). A memorial room will be set up for visitation Thursday and Friday.

The family would like to give special thanks to the nurses and staff of Cross Timbers Hospice and the Wilson Nursing Center for not only being her caregivers but her friends.

In remembrance of Jan’s life and in lieu of flowers, the family asks than any charitable donations be made to Cross Timbers Hospice of Ardmore (https://crosstimbershospice.org/donate and/or Basset Rescue Across Texas (https//www.bassetrescueacrosstexas.org/

Online condolences can be made at www.craddockfuneralhome.com

Posted online on January 11, 2022

Published in Daily Ardmoreite