Marjorie Janice Lacy Harwell ("Janice"), passed away on January 3, 2017. Her adventurous spirt and her strong nature characterized her devotion to her family and friends.
Janice was an East Texas girl at heart until the end. She was born on May 17, 1932 in the deep Piney Woods into a family of early Texas settlers. She was raised in the country on land settled by her ancestors in Cherokee County. She was a much loved only child.
She graduated from Gallatin High School and attended Lon Morris College in Jacksonville.
In 1950, Janice was married to Harold E. Harwell. She was a devoted Army wife, traveling the vast world beyond East Texas. She became a professional at packing and unpacking and establishing a home at new duty stations across the country and around the world.
Upon his retirement, her husband built her a permanent home in Crowley. He lived two more years, but Janice remained a widow in her beloved home. She loved to cook, sew, make ceramics, offer clever one line critiques of politicians and was a devoted fan of the San Antonio Spurs. She was a long-time member of First Methodist Church of Crowley.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Harold Eugene Harwell, and her parents, Annie Pearl and George Elmer Morrow Lacy.
She is survived by her son Harold Eugene Harwell, Jr., of Mineral Wells, Texas, her daughter Susan K. Harwell and her husband, John A. Ferguson, Jr. of San Antonio; grandchildren John Alexander Ferguson III (Alec) and Anne Elizabeth Harwell Ferguson of San Antonio; daughter, Cindy Harwell Batson and her husband, Lou Batson, of Highlands, North Carolina, and daughter, Pamela L. Harwell of San Antonio; and grandchildren Daniel Harwell, Meredith Harwell, Christopher Faulk and Brian Faulk.
To celebrate her life, we will gather for a Memorial Service on Saturday, January 7, at 10:00 a.m. at First Methodist Church of Crowley. Janice will be interred near her family land in the Jarrett Cemetery (Turney, Texas) where a graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 8, 2017 under the direction of Autry Funeral Home. A visitation with the family will be from 12 to 1 p.m. at Autry Funeral Home in Jacksonville.
"Do not grieve for me, for I am with you. Seek comfort in knowing that I have loved and been loved. When you see the sun rise or set, when you hear the rain, have peace, knowing I am there."
Memorials may be made to the Lord's Acre Fund at First Methodist Church of Crowley.
Published on January 5, 2017