Janet Ruth Brian


 April 14, 1933- February 3, 2018

 Janet Ruth Brian died peacefully on February 3, 2018, in Tulsa. She was 84.

Jan was born on April 14, 1933, in Kankakee, Ill., to her parents McKinley and Clara Hayden. 

Because of her love for others, she chose her profession in nursing and remained a nurse for 40 years. She married Michael Brian in 1963. The Brian's moved to the Dallas area in 1965, and moved back to Okmulgee in 1994. After retiring, she dedicated her time to her family and the Presbyterian Church. Especially enjoying her time in the choir and as an elder.

A beloved woman born with youth, beauty and wit that never dimmed with the years. She was blessed with an old soul's wisdom and understanding combined with an unimaginable generosity of heart and mind. With kind eyes and a ready laugh, she was our best friend and our confidant. Our sweet Mama and a loving wife. She was adored. We will miss you terribly.

Jan is survived by her husband; daughters, Catherine Zografos,  and son-in-law James Shows, Susan Brian, Julie Bryan and  son-in-law Douglas Bryan; son Mike and daughter-in-law Pilar; her niece Carol Morris; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, February 8, 2018, at the First Presbyterian Church with Reverend J. Rodgers Spencer and Minister Charlie Green officiating.  Interment will follow in the Okmulgee Cemetery.  Casketbearers will be Dr. Tom Alexander, Alvin Arterbury, Dan Sulivant, Chris Woods, Nick Zografos, and Jordan Jennings.  Visitation will be Wednesday evening from 6-8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Okmulgee.

Memories, condolences, photos and videos may be shared with the family on Janet’s Tribute Page at www.mcclendon-winters.com

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