Janice McGowan

Janice Ruth McGowan (Wilson)

Thursday, January 9th, 1936 - Monday, April 13th, 2020
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Janice McGowan, 84, of Amarillo passed away peacefully on April 13 in Winchester, VA.

She was born January 9, 1936 in Ft. Worth to Henry and Galen Wilson of Amarillo.

Janice is survived by her daughter, Diane Fratt Morrison of Winchester; her son, David Craig Fratt of Rosenberg, TX, and her sister, Geraldine Wilson Buchholz of St. Cloud, FL. Janice is also survived by her son-in-law, John Morrison, her daughter-in-law, Kristine Fratt; her grandchildren, Andrew Morrison, Margaret Stewart, Michael Morrison, Samantha Neumann, Jack Neumann, James Morrison, Ryan Fratt and four great-grandchildren.

Janice loved singing, riding horses and old West Texas expressions like "drug through a knothole backwards." She was a key-punch operator and homemaker and a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Amarillo. In the past 15 years bound by a wheelchair, Janice was known as one who brought joy and gratitude into every room and who could not have a conversation without her love for all things Texas and a heartfelt praise to Jesus making their way into her speech. She is home with her Lord.

Memorial donations may be made to Covenant Presbyterian in Amarillo.

A family memorial service will occur in June.
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Kelly Whitacre

Posted at 04:39pm
Dear Diane,

I have many precious memories of Janice, or Nana, as your children called her. One of my most precious memories was while she was hospitalized in Nov 2015. I went to visit her and the nurse told me she was downhearted. So as we visited I asked Janice about old hymns and she mentioned a favorite, which escapes me now. But I decided we would sing it together, and so we did. It was wobbly, tear stained and beautiful all at the same time. She seemed more at peace when I left her that day, and I know there were angels in that room who sang along. The nurses in hallway seemed quite moved as well. Each time I visited your mom, either at Hilltop or the hospital, she always gave praise to Jesus and expressed her love for Him. Even the ED staff came to know her by that reputation. That’s what I will always remember about your mom, she finished her life praising Jesus. May the same be said of us when we meet our Savior.

Robin Eanes

Posted at 08:54am
Diane, I’m so sorry to hear of your Mothers’ passing. I would talk to her every time I would see her at Hilltop. She always had a smile on her face. She always asked me about my Mom, Betty Willis. She was a beautiful lady. Prayers to you and your family.
In Christ, Robin Eanes

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