Jan Elizabeth Killen, age 79, died on Tuesday, August 11, 2020. She was born to William Brown Walker and Elizabeth Kate (Mulkey) Walker in Fort Worth, Texas, on March 23, 1941. She grew up in Graham, Texas and was a proud member of the Graham High School Class of 1959.
Jan was a professionally licensed interior designer and lifelong philanthropist. She attended Mills College in California and later received a degree in business administration from Texas Women’s University. Jan was filled with the spirit of grace and loved bringing people together for greater good. That was her talent and treasure.
Jan had a long successful record of achievement in community service, including conception and development of new projects. Some of her favorite works included being the first President of the Irving Cultural Affairs Council, taking the lead role in Irving’s Great Days of Service program which received the MLK service award for the city, League of Women Voters, Peacemakers Inc., and the Lovers Lane United Methodist Church Columbarium. Jan will be remembered for the vibrant loving wife, mother and friend she was, as well as her enthusiastic dedication to building peace through service and the arts. She was a wonderful person.
Jan is preceded in death by her parents. Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 35 years, Byron Killen; daughter Melinda Maxwell Beane and husband, Clif; daughter Stacey Maxwell Nardi and husband, David; stepchildren, Lesley Killen, Michael Killen and Matthew Killen; five grandchildren, Alexander Beane, Michela Nardi, Madison Nardi, Maxwell Nardi and Miles Nardi; brother Jon Walker and wife, Gail; nephews Todd Walker and Michael Walker; Niece Amy Boyle; cousins Dan Mulkey, Tom Mulkey, Ann Dyer, Ralph Mulkey, Leslie Jeter, Lindsey Merrill, Cheryl Jacobs, and the Breese Family; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Ken and Ann Killen; along with numerous extended family and friends. Thank you to Latoya Wilson who lovingly helped care for Jan. And a special thank you to the lovely Tongia Williams, Jan’s extraordinary caregiver and soulmate of twelve months.
In Jan’s memory, we can dedicate ourselves to lovingkindness. Charity donation suggestions are: Peacemakers, Inc. dedicated to healthy families and safe neighborhoods; Michael J. Fox Foundation dedicated to speed a Parkinson’s Cure; and Lovers Lane United Methodist Church Music Ministry dedicated to glorifying Christ, attention Jimmy Emery, Director of Music.
A memorial will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, August 22 in the Shipp Chapel at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church. To view Jan’s live streamed service, please login to www.LLUMC.org at approximately 9:45 am Saturday, August 22nd. A Celebration of Jan’s Life is hoped to be held on March 20, 2021. Details to follow.