Janice Waggoner England

June 19, 1939December 26, 2020

Janice “Nece” Waggoner England passed away peacefully in her home on December 26, 2020. She was 81 years old. Any description of her starts with “sweet” and as any of her grandchildren can attest, if they ever had a bump, bruise, hardship, or dilemma, it was met with her selfless catchphrase, “I wish it were me instead of you.” She was steadfast and strong. But most importantly, Nece left a legacy of love for anyone that came into her orbit – love of music, gardening, sunsets, laughter and hugs. But above all, love of the Lord, her family, her friends… and a huge love of life. Nece was born in Hamilton, Texas to parents Jay and Nadine Waggoner in 1939. Along with her sister Gwen, the family moved to Grand Prairie in 1943. In the 7th grade she met a boy named Charlie England. They have been together ever since. Nece graduated from Grand Prairie High School in 1957 where she was a Gopher cheerleader. After graduation she went to work in the Trust Department at Mercantile Bank in Dallas. A year later, she and Charlie were married. Rhonda, the first of three children, came the next year. Kirk followed in 1961 and Lori in 1963. A few years later, Charlie went in to business as a State Farm agent with Nece at his side. The agency prospered and grew, due in no small part to Nece’s efforts in running the office. This was a trend that continued… although rarely the star, she was always the glue that held things together both at home and in the office. While raising three kids and managing the agency, she found time to be a member of the Grand Prairie Women’s Club and serve on the board of the Grand Prairie Boys and Girls Club. She was a supporter of Meals on Wheels and a member of the First United Methodist Church Grand Prairie. In 1992, Charles England was elected Mayor of Grand Prairie, an office he held for the next 21 years. During that time, Nece served as the city’s First Lady. It was a role she carried out with great dignity and grace. When the grandchildren came along, Nece delighted in their exploits. She and Charlie traveled the country attending football and baseball games, gymnastics, dance and cheer competitions and recitals – as proudly calculated by her grandkids, a total of 2,672 events. They hosted large family gatherings at their scenic place on Lake Whitney. These were regular events not only on holidays but throughout the year. In other words, any excuse for her beloved family to be together. She never took these moments for granted – always the first to rise and the last to go to bed – watching in awe as the tight knit family that she and Charlie created danced, sang, and laughed by the firepit until the late hours of the night. Janice Waggoner England is survived by her teenage sweetheart and husband of 62 years, Charles V. England; Children - daughter Rhonda Barhorst and husband Dr. Mark; son Kirk England and wife Marcy; daughter Lori Arnold and husband Bryan; Grandchildren - Dr. Clayton Barhorst and wife Amber; Clint Arnold and wife Kelsie; Lt. Commander Charles Robert England (U.S.C.G); Lt. Commander Sam England (U.S.C.G.) and wife Ashley; Katy Woodruff and husband Hunt; Janna Deal and husband Jordan; Greatgrandchildren – Jack Woodruff, Charlie Woodruff, Jay Barhorst, Elizabeth Arnold, Andrew Deal, Maggie Woodruff, Harrison Arnold and Jeff Barhorst; Sister, Gwen England and husband Frank; nephew Jeff England and wife, Brandi, niece Kelli Bates and husband Joe, Juli Danaher and husband Jeff; along with many great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jay and Nadine Waggoner, and her mother and father in law, Frank and Juanita Thompson. Nece will be missed greatly but her legacy of love lives on.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Children First Counseling Center at


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Cynthia Knight

January 7, 2021

I was so saddened to hear of Janice's death. Janice and Charlie have been friends to me and my family since the 1960s. They were our neighbors. My Mom even took care of Rhonda and Kirk when they were young. From the minute I meet Janice , she was immediately part of our family. She was as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside. She always had a smile on her face no matter how she felt. I pray for peace and comfort to this dear family. Janice will be missed by all.

Beverly Grogan

January 5, 2021

Janice was the epitome of grace and elegance. Her selections of beautiful gold Christmas ornaments for our City reflected her personal style and taste. I will always think of her when I unwrap my ornaments annually. She truly cared for our City and its Citizens. Her sweet caring thoughts expressed to me when I had health issues was especially meaningful, as it reflected her personal touch. Her sweet smile will be sorely missed.

Pat Marcum

January 4, 2021

I was the secretary to Mayor England for several years at the city. A highlight of the morning was calling for the Mayor and talking with Ms. Janice. When I lost my mother, she called and said she would be my stand in Mom. Ms. Janice was a little heaven on earth, always thinking and putting others first! My heart is broken for Charlie, as Ms. Janice was the love of his life. Praying for all of the Englands.

Glenda Kirk Maddox

January 3, 2021

Every time I say the Lord’s Prayer, I think of Nece and her sister Gwen. They were more than cousins, they were the big sisters I never had. As so many have said, Nece was a wonderful, beautiful, and loving person. There is a hole in my heart just as there is in her families. Rest In Peace til we all meet again and Peace for the family.

Ramiro Moreno, Jr.

January 3, 2021

Our condolences to the England family. We appreciate Mrs. England’s years of service and contributions to G.P.

The Moreno Family

Julie Groth

January 2, 2021

So many memories of this awesome lady. The England’s and the Gilbert’s have a long History. I remember speed walking with Norman, Julia and Chip to have dinner with them on many occasions. Janice was an excellent cook and could whip up some Homemade Chocolate Sauce on a dime. Janice was not mad at me when I cut/ mangled Lori’s bangs. (It wasn’t pretty)Janice and Charlie supported me during all Gopher Football Game Halftimes... Joolie Poolie! A memory I will never forget. Although I haven’t seen her in a long time, I will always cherish my childhood, teenage and college years memories. Love you Nece!

Tammy Flores Chan

January 2, 2021

Janice was always so warm and kind to me. She was a great First Lady. To Mayor England, Kirk and all the family, please accept my heartfelt condolences and prayers for the comfort of the Holy Spirit.

Tammy Chan

Jim and Ella Kellum

January 2, 2021

Our Thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Kelli Narde

January 2, 2021

She was more than an Aunt. She inspired me to be more kind, loving, generous, classy, and determined. I loved visiting with her and my mom and laughing so hard we cried, going shopping, out to eat, betting on the ponies at Lone Star Park and most of all, being together with the whole family at Lake Whitney. I will miss her so much. She was one of a kind.

Linda Cabrera

January 1, 2021

My heart goes out to the England Family. May God bless you all during this difficult time. I have many fond memories of Mrs. England from my HS years. Special blessings to Lori who was a wonderful friend during high school. Prayers sent out to the family, God bless 🙏❤.

Linda (Guerra) Cabrera