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Celebrating the life of
Karen Janene (Jan) Kirby
October 30, 1948 - February 04, 2014
Services under the direction of:
Bradshaw Carter
(713) 521-0066
  • Celebration of Life
  • 5:30pm - Tuesday, February 11, 2014
  • Bradshaw Carter
  • 1734 W Alabama St (Map)
    Houston, Tx 77098

  • (713) 521-0066

Jan was a bright spot on gloomy days around Beringwood. She always had a fun word or greeting and will really missed by all if us, especially the dog owners as we all have a kinship.

Ernie McDaniel, Houston, Tx

Jan, I don't even know where to begin. I really thought you would be around forever. My day is not the same without seeing you and feels empty not seeing your smiling face or having our talks, esp after work! The world has truly lost one of the most sincere, kind, caring, honest and hilarious women there is! Just know that you are SO missed by so many. And I am doing what you asked me and Tink is truly being loved so much. She has brought so much joy into my life, though the 3AM wakings from your schedule are being adjusted! :) For those who would like to follow Tink's new daily adventures to help keep Jan's memory alive I have created a page: https://www.facebook.com/dailytink. RIP dear Jan! <3

Jessica Eiseman, John Civitello, and Tinkerbell, Houston, TX

Jan - forever in memory with a vibrant smile, shining personality and beautiful red hair. She never failed to wave and give a smile wherever she was, whatever she was doing. Even though some were far too brief, conversations with her were always entertaining and enlightening. The last one during the second serious cold snap - both of us reveling in how good the cold did feel - especially to her because of walking the dogs. Her presence is and will continue to be truly missed. My sincerest condolences to all of her loved ones.

P K Landry, Houston, TX

Jan was my ray of sunshine. More than just a friend and neighbor she was like a "Mom" to me. I always looked forward to seeing her every day out walking with her dogs. She was always there for me when I was feeling blue. She was an amazing woman and brought so much to so many people. She will be missed.

Jennifer Knobloch, Houston, TX

I will miss having a cocktail with you, cooking and inviting you over for dinner no matter if you stayed and ate or just got a plate to go because of the children. I enjoyed your outspokenness because it was always honest and genuine. RIP my friend I am a better person for have known you.

Christopher Duran, Houston, TX

Our Beringwood community is not the same without our dear Jan walking about. Words cannot express the sense of loss and emptiness in the air. Jan was there rain or shine and whether it was just a simple wave and smile we shared or stopping for an extended chat with Jan and one of her pups it was good and fun and she will be missed oh so much.

Marie Piazza, Houston, TX

My favorite part of each day was taking my lab Sadie out for a walk and meeting Jan with one of her brood! We talked dog all day long! Everything our dogs did was fascinating! She was one person I knew who never tired of the antics of our best friends! We loved having Jan over for dinner - she loved everything and always appreciated being remembered. I will truly miss this great woman who has been my friend for almost ten years. It won't be the same without you. Thank you for being my friend through the death of my husband and mother. You always listened when things got to be too much. It is just too quiet without you here. My sincere heartfelt sympathy to your brother and family. There's a beautiful redhead in heaven and our world is a little dimmer without you. Leigh

Leigh Laura Duran, Houston, TX

Jan . . . simply put a unique lady, caring friend and special neighbor. I will miss everything about you. My heart goes out to your family at this sorrowful time. I do know that you have been blessed with a gracious set of wings, so, soar, girlfriend, soar!

Deb, Cinny & Mischa Hopkins, Houston, TX

Jan brought so much joy and laughter to her friends here at Beringwood and she is truly being missed. I always looked forward to her cheerful greetings and she was always ready with something to share with you and laugh about. Her obituary was heartwarming to read as it describes Jan as we knew her. Jan seemed to be fearless and had a great big heart. She spread joy wherever she went. Her presence will be felt around here for a long time.

Vivian Morgan, Houston, Texas

Jan was a good friend and did so much for our Beringwood community. We already miss her & her dogs. I told her many times I would not recognize her wihout a dog--it was rare to see her without one. We shared many opinions & you always knew her thoughts which I respected as a wonderful quality. I still feel her presence. She had so many friends here & will be missed for a long time.

Lillie Shannon, Houston, TX

Karen Janene (Jan) Kirby born Karen Janene Wood on October 30, 1948, in Houston, Texas, died, February 4, 2014 after being stricken in her home. She was universally known as Jan. She graduated from Waltrip High School at midterm in 1967. Jan was married in the mid-seventies and kept her married surname after her divorce. She had no children. From 1988 to 1996 she lived in San Francisco, California, returning to Houston to be closer to her family.
A woman of strong opinions forcefully expressed, she was a strong believer in personal liberty, the autonomy of women, reproductive freedom, good make up and cute shoes. She was a challenging daughter for her parents, David Gladstone Wood and Johnnie Grace (Wilson) Wood, who preceded her in death, and who treasured her inventiveness and enthusiasm. She was a natural leader who frequently led her two younger brothers, John David Wood (1950-1994) and Jerry Alan Wood, into schemes and adventures that tried the patience of their parents. She had great taste and style, and a vivacious nature that attracted and entertained all who knew her. She had recently retired after five decades of work, mostly in the printing industry. In the mid-1980s she sold men’s suits at Marshall Field in the Galleria where she guided many men toward a better professional appearance.
A natural storyteller, she was fearless about revealing highly personal details in telling anecdotes. The usual result was a room full of women howling in recognition of their common experiences and men stunned to learn what women go through. She threw herself bodily into the storytelling process, often acting out the various events in her anecdotes to make the story more vivid. Nothing was too embarrassing to share with friends if it amused and enlightened.
Jan was passionate about animal rescue, and owned three rescued dogs, Molly, Scout and Tinker. All three dogs are being placed in new homes now.
In addition to her brother, Jerry Wood of Houston, she is survived by her niece, Johanna Celeste Wood of Needville, Texas, cousins Barbara Joanne Smith of Shenandoah, Texas, Beverly Wood of Lakeville, Minnesota, and Phyllis Jean Propes of Fort Worth, Texas and her cousins’ children.
Friends are invited to a celebration of her life from half past five o’clock until half past seven o’clock in the evening on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at the Bradshaw-Carter Home, 1734 West Alabama Street, Houston, TX 77098.

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Jan was a bright spot on gloomy days around Beringwood. She always had a fun word or greeting and will really missed by all if us, especially the dog owners as we all have a kinship.

Ernie McDaniel, Houston, Tx

Candle tribute lit by Ernie McDaniel — Texas

Jan, I don't even know where to begin. I really thought you would be around forever. My day is not the same without seeing you and feels empty not seeing your smiling face or having our talks, esp after work! The world has truly lost one of the most sincere, kind, caring, honest and hilarious women there is! Just know that you are SO missed by so many. And I am doing what you asked me and Tink is truly being loved so much. She has brought so much joy into my life, though the 3AM wakings from your schedule are being adjusted! :) For those who would like to follow Tink's new daily adventures to help keep Jan's memory alive I have created a page: https://www.facebook.com/dailytink. RIP dear Jan! <3

Jessica Eiseman, John Civitello, and Tinkerbell, Houston, TX

Jan - forever in memory with a vibrant smile, shining personality and beautiful red hair. She never failed to wave and give a smile wherever she was, whatever she was doing. Even though some were far too brief, conversations with her were always entertaining and enlightening. The last one during the second serious cold snap - both of us reveling in how good the cold did feel - especially to her because of walking the dogs. Her presence is and will continue to be truly missed. My sincerest condolences to all of her loved ones.

P K Landry, Houston, TX

Candle tribute lit by P K Landry — Texas

Candle tribute lit by Carlton Smith — Texas

Jan was my ray of sunshine. More than just a friend and neighbor she was like a "Mom" to me. I always looked forward to seeing her every day out walking with her dogs. She was always there for me when I was feeling blue. She was an amazing woman and brought so much to so many people. She will be missed.

Jennifer Knobloch, Houston, TX

Candle tribute lit by Jennifer Knobloch — Texas

I will miss having a cocktail with you, cooking and inviting you over for dinner no matter if you stayed and ate or just got a plate to go because of the children. I enjoyed your outspokenness because it was always honest and genuine. RIP my friend I am a better person for have known you.

Christopher Duran, Houston, TX

Our Beringwood community is not the same without our dear Jan walking about. Words cannot express the sense of loss and emptiness in the air. Jan was there rain or shine and whether it was just a simple wave and smile we shared or stopping for an extended chat with Jan and one of her pups it was good and fun and she will be missed oh so much.

Marie Piazza, Houston, TX

Candle tribute lit by Molly, Scout & dear little Tink — Texas

My favorite part of each day was taking my lab Sadie out for a walk and meeting Jan with one of her brood! We talked dog all day long! Everything our dogs did was fascinating! She was one person I knew who never tired of the antics of our best friends! We loved having Jan over for dinner - she loved everything and always appreciated being remembered. I will truly miss this great woman who has been my friend for almost ten years. It won't be the same without you. Thank you for being my friend through the death of my husband and mother. You always listened when things got to be too much. It is just too quiet without you here. My sincere heartfelt sympathy to your brother and family. There's a beautiful redhead in heaven and our world is a little dimmer without you. Leigh

Leigh Laura Duran, Houston, TX

Candle tribute lit by Deb, Cinny & MIscha Hopkins — Texas

Jan . . . simply put a unique lady, caring friend and special neighbor. I will miss everything about you. My heart goes out to your family at this sorrowful time. I do know that you have been blessed with a gracious set of wings, so, soar, girlfriend, soar!

Deb, Cinny & Mischa Hopkins, Houston, TX

Jan brought so much joy and laughter to her friends here at Beringwood and she is truly being missed. I always looked forward to her cheerful greetings and she was always ready with something to share with you and laugh about. Her obituary was heartwarming to read as it describes Jan as we knew her. Jan seemed to be fearless and had a great big heart. She spread joy wherever she went. Her presence will be felt around here for a long time.

Vivian Morgan, Houston, Texas

Candle tribute lit by Vivian Morgan — Texas

Jan was a good friend and did so much for our Beringwood community. We already miss her & her dogs. I told her many times I would not recognize her wihout a dog--it was rare to see her without one. We shared many opinions & you always knew her thoughts which I respected as a wonderful quality. I still feel her presence. She had so many friends here & will be missed for a long time.

Lillie Shannon, Houston, TX

Candle tribute lit by Anne McKelvey — Texas


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