Janis Ara (Gregory) Long

April 30, 1939 ~ June 24, 2020 (age 81)


Janis Ara Gregory Long was called home to walk with her King on June 24, 2020.

Born at home in Swenson, Texas on April 30, 1939, Janis was the fourth of five children and the only daughter of John D Gregory and Jewel Irene Boland Gregory. She grew up in Girard, Texas, graduating from Girard High School with the class of 1957. She went on to graduate from Draughn’s Business College in Lubbock, Texas.

Janis married her childhood sweetheart Royce Gwyn Long on October 3, 1959 in Girard. Together they farmed and raised livestock in Dickens County. From their loving union, God blessed them with three children, Tonya, Curt, and Monique.

Janis was employed at the Department of Human Resources for twenty-six years and later worked an additional ten-plus years for the SPCAA at the Spur Clinic retiring in 2006. Janis was a very caring and loving servant of the Lord through her work and as a member of the Church of Christ for over seventy years. Her favorite pastimes were reading, cooking, sewing, and the study of history.

Janis was preceded in death by both of her parents and her brother Gary. She is survived by Gwyn and their three children, Tonya Kelsey and her husband Kelly, Curt Long, Monique Pyle and her husband Greg; her brothers Rance, Garth, and Ronnie; her seven grandchildren, Brittany Long, Guthrie Long and his wife Stevie, Dakota Parker and her husband Damion, Sierra Marcell and her husband Jacob, Mylea J Pyle, Margery Pyle and Veronica Pyle; her five great-grandchildren, Jaelyn, Cooper, Rheagan, Keagan and Colson along with numerous other family members and friends.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to your favorite charity or the Disabled American Veterans Thrift Store (1301 Buddy Holly Ave, Lubbock, TX 79401), Children’s Home of Lubbock (4404 Idalou Rd, Lubbock, TX 79403), or the Hwy 70 Church of Christ in Spur, Texas.

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June 26, 2020

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Zapata Funeral Home
602 N. Burlington P.O. Box 326
Spur, TX 79370

Funeral Service
June 27, 2020

10:00 AM
Spur Church of Christ
E. Hwy 70
Spur, TX 79370

Interment following funeral service
June 27, 2020

Girard Cemetery
Co Rd 171
Girard, TX 79518

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