Jan Karen Woods

August 23, 1955 ~ December 6, 2023 (age 68) 68 Years Old

Jan Woods Obituary

Jan Karen Woods, 68, of Salado, TX passed away on December 6th, 2023 surrounded by her family.

Jan was born August 23, 1955 in El Dorado, AR to Dorothy Shirey and the late A.J. Shirey.

“Jan Karen Shirey!” That’s how her parents would call after her as she cart-wheeled down the sidewalks

in her hometown, El Dorado, Arkansas. This curly headed little thing could be a whirl. She weighed 29

pounds in the 1st grade, but everyone learned big surprises can be found in small packages.

She was no shrinking violet then or anytime in her life. A voracious reader with a fantastic memory, Jan

would let you know where she stood on any issue- whether you agreed with her or not.

As a child, Jan was very talented. She learned to play the piano by rote as well as taking many lessons

from Mrs. Kinard. She played the flute in the EHS marching band where she made tons of friends.

Jan and her brother Gregg were the closest in age and so had a special connection in their childhood.

They made many memories including her helping him climb a tree to catch a raccoon one night.

Knowing her brother’s love of all things wild, she generously gave Gregg a notable pet - a baby skunk

that she had found. A lover of animals herself, and particularly dogs, she managed to talk her mother

into allowing her to have the first Chihuahua to live in the house (a more amazing feat since FiFi slept in

her bed to help with her asthma)!

When they were teenagers, Jan and Gregg took their parents’ popup camper to Florida to go to Disney

World. When they got to the campground, the management told them they could not stay because they

were not married. When Jan and Gregg protested that they were siblings, the campground managers

said they had heard that story before! So, they turned around and drove right back to El Dorado without

seeing Disney or spending the night anywhere. Times have changed since 1973!

Jan Brewer was a career medical technologist, first with King’s Daughters Hospital and later with the VA

Hospital in Temple, TX. She was a teacher of men, raising three successful boys through adolescence and

young adulthood as a single, working mother with Multiple Sclerosis. As her sons grew up and got into

trouble and mischief, Jan would be their most ardent defenders while keeping them involved in the

church, boy scouts, music, sports and academic tutoring. Her relentless illness was matched only by her

unwavering grit and determination, and the example she would set helped inspire and galvanize her sons

as well as the broader community. While continuing to work full time both as a mother and a VA

employee, she went back to school and received a Master of Science from the University of Mary

Hardin-Baylor. Her motto was always “keep moving forward, we make our own luck.”

In 2007, with Dr. Bryan Woods, luck would indeed strike. Both Dr. Woods and Jan were both nearing the

ends of their VA careers and started a budding friendship and romance that blossomed into timeless

love. They were married on November 27th, 2009 in Temple, TX where they remained inseparable in

their devotion to one another, the closest of friends and confidants until her passing. Jan would call

Bryan her “angel”, and their love made believers of angels out of everyone who knew them. With Dr.

Woods by her side, Jan found eternal happiness and joy, rising above a life often filled with struggles, and

set-backs. She was a devout believer in Christ and the church. She’s no doubt back to cart-wheeling

with her heavenly Father above.

Jan is survived by her husband, Bryan Woods; mother, Dorothy Shirey; three sons, Ryan (Lindsey), Kyle

(Randee), and Paul; two grandchildren, Ava and Luca; and three siblings, Tom (Robyn) Shirey, Gregg (Lisa)

Shirey, and Tonya (Rob) Lambert. She was preceded in death by her father, A.J. Shirey.

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Funeral Mass
December 16, 2023

12:00 PM
St. Stephen Catholic Church
601 FM2268 (Holland Road)
Salado, TX 76571


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