Janyce Ann Gunn
September 8, 1938 – September 3, 2020
Janyce Ann Gunn, 81, of Mont Belvieu, went to be with Jesus on Thursday, September 3, 2020, in Houston Methodist Hospital, after a hard-fought battle with Covid-19.
The second daughter of Marion Edward Smith and Sarah Inez Anderson Smith, Janyce was born in Goose Creek, Texas, on September 8th, 1938. When the family moved to Mont Belvieu, 13-year-old Janyce caught the eye of 15-year-old Johnny Gunn, and that, as they say, was that! They married in 1957 and were together until his death in 2010. Their abiding love set a beautiful example to their children and grandchildren.
Janyce graduated from Barbers Hill ISD, attended Mary Hardin Baylor University, and graduated from the University of Houston at Clear Lake. She taught 1st grade at Barbers Hill Elementary School until following Johnny to Leona, Texas, so he could achieve his dream of ranching and the country life. She loved reading, watching British detective series, and, especially, painting. She was a member of the Art League of Baytown and the Baytown Women’s Club. She attended Old River Baptist Church and was a life-long Baptist. Over the years she was very active in church wherever she lived. Her love for the Lord was evident to all who knew her.
Her greatest joy was her family. Nothing made Mom happier than having her great-grandbabies on her lap amidst a house full of kids. She would rock on the front porch in the evenings, drinking coffee and watching the neighborhood children playing up and down the street. Momma had a good, full, life full of love.
Janyce was preceded in death by the love of her life, Johnny, her parents, her sister, Emma Carolyn Osborn Walter, and great-grandson, Hudson Andrew Leggett.
She is survived by her children, Janna Seals, John Gunn (Theresa), Jaimi Law, and Jodi Leggett (Jeff); Grandchildren include: Jimmy Seals (Amanda), Emily Caplinger (Josh), Andrew Gunn, Nathan Gunn, Carly Icenhour (Chris), Erin Darr (Tyler), Grant Law, Kyle Leggett (Taylor), and Keatyn Baker (John). Great-grandchildren include: Madalyn, Allie, and Benjamin Seals and Preslie Grayson; Camden Icenhour; Briley and Case Darr; Heidi Leggett; and Georgia Baker. She is also survived by her sister, Linda Smith Bumgarner, and her brother- and sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Gunn Mitchell, and Caddy and Gayle Gunn. A multitude of cousins, nieces, nephews, and life-long friends also are left to celebrate her legacy.
A memorial celebration of life will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, September 11, 2020, at Old River Baptist Church. Please wear masks and respect social distancing during the service.
To honor Mom’s generous heart and giving nature, in lieu of flowers you may send your support to one of the following charities:
● FUMC c/s WCC Food Pantry PO Box 530 Mont Belvieu, TX 77582
● Old River Baptist Church Missions 12948 FM 1409 Dayton, TX 77535
● Compassion International Attn: Sponsor Donor Processing 12290 Voyager Pkwy Colorado Springs, CO 80921
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on that Day, and not to me only, but also to all that have loved His appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:7-8
Friday, September 11, 2020
Janyce Ann Gunn
Carolyn Dillard Onken
September 10, 2020
Janyce was such a sweet lady. A few years ago we reminisced about our fathers carpooling to Humble Oil Refinery in an old panel truck. During the day someone put a skunk in it & they had to suffer all the way back to Barbers Hill. We each laughed then cried together. I have such good memories of the Smith/Gunn families.
Thoughts & prayers go out to you all,
Carolyn Dillard Onken & Family
Lynda Amberson Clarke
September 8, 2020
My deepest condolences to the family on the loss of your sweet mom. You’ll be in my thoughts and prayers.
September 5, 2020
Jana and family, my prayers are with you all during your time of sadness. May God wrap His arms of love and strength around you daughters of this lovely lady.
Johnnie Heflin Melton