Janet Carol GywnnGwynn, Janet


Janet Carol (Hays) Gwynn was born August 18, 1938 in Oklahoma City, Ok to Hiram and Vela Hays. She married Frank R. Gwynn on July 23, 1955 and was married 30 years until his death in November of 1985. Children from the marriage were Gregory Frank Gwynn, Jana April Imel, Amy Hays Jenkins and John Franklin Gwynn. She was survived by her children: Jana April Imel, Amy Hays Jenkins and John Franklin Gwynn and her grandchildren: Blake Imel, Nic Imel, Julianna Imel, Brent Jenkins, Jared Jenkins, Emersyn Gwynn and Drayke Gwynn.

Janet was very blessed to have grown up in a strong Christian family. The strength of her faith and convictions were instilled by her parents at a very early age.

The happiest times in her life and most vivid memories are of the years that she was able to stay at home and be a wife and a mother. She loved her husband and children dearly. She loved entertaining friends and friends of her children. She would rather be in the kitchen cooking with family around her than any other place in the world. She traveled often and enjoyed adventures and a new world everyday with her children.

She assisted her husband in the operation of an optical business after the children were in school. After his death, she worked at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for 19 years until she retired in 2003.

She was a very opinionated person and was concerned about our Christian churches and our beloved country. She was involved and at times very outspoken on political and moral issues in our schools, church and state. She had a very strong conviction that if the good people don’t speak up and protect what is right…evil will dominate and she wanted her children and grandchildren to have a good life and enjoy freedom and justice. She was thankful that her children serve the Lord and are teaching their children about the ways of her Savior.

She truly believed that the most important thing in relationships is “humor”. She felt you should never take yourself or daily condition too seriously. She laughed often. She truly enjoyed her life. She loved to sing, she enjoyed good music, comedy and laughter. She felt money and material things do not create happiness. A love and appreciation for life, family, health, liberty and the blessings from our Heavenly Father are the key. Happiness is a choice.

Above all things she wanted her children and grandchildren to know that she loves them. She prayed for them daily. She plans on welcoming them to heaven and all of us enjoying heaven together throughout all eternity. Our physical separation is only temporary and she will be anticipating our joyful reunion.

Public visitation will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, January 11, 2018 at Matthews Funeral Home.  Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Satruday, January 12, 2018 at Matthews Funeral Home Chapel with interment to follow at Resthaven Cemetery.


  1. My sincere condolences to the family. May the God of all comfort give you the comfort you need to endure this difficult time and the days ahead (2 Corinthians 1:3,4)

  2. Dearest children of Janet Gwynn, I was so saddened by the news of your Mother’s death. We have enjoyed many memories together; one was our (Harold & Pat) time together in like optical businesses. We developed close friendships through that association as well as church. We spent many good times together with our children doing various activities. The one thing that is very special to us is the time Janet called us and told us about a child that was up for adoption. At the time I didn’t think it would be possible for us to be the parents, but as I continued to think on what Janet had said, I finally called the wife of our attorney. Long story short, that began the process of the best decision of our life. On December 20, 1969 a beautiful baby boy was born and on Christmas Eve we brought him home. His name is Cristopher Franklin Price, the “Franklin” in honor of Janet Gwynn’s late husband. Many of you know him in the Edmond area. Thank you to this wonderful lady for the influence she has been to her ‘god child’ as well as all our family. Your strong faith and will to live with all your long years of illness, is a strong witness to our family. Blessings and comfort to this wonderful family.
    Pat & Darrell Parker

  3. My condolences to the Gwynn family. They are in our thoughts and prayers as they go through this tough time.

  4. Janet was a dear, dear friend!!! I knew her since 1985 when we began working at HUD at almost the same time!! She was fun-loving and always kind, even though you knew how she felt about things!! We shared lots of laughs and lots of discussions on various subjects. I admired her strength even through lots of adversity, losing a child, losing a husband and lots of ups and downs in raising children. And then after retirement, living for the last 15 years after she suffered transverse myelitis which profoundly affected her physically but not mentally!! Her grit and determination were a great example to those who knew her well!! I will miss her deeply; however, these past several years took their toll on her body and now she can rest in peace and walk and run with her dear departed family in heaven!!! I pray for God’s comfort to ALL her family, especially the ones who have not been a part of her life for the past several years!!!!

  5. Although I did not know Janet personally, I do know her beautiful son John Gwynn and now see why he is such a wonderful human being. I am so saddened for your loss. My deepest sympathy to John and the entire family. God blesss each of you as you navigate the days and months ahead. Sandra Matbis

  6. So sorry for your loss. Your Mom was one of a kind! She loved Robbie so much & we had good talks about our families. I always loved her humor & her laughter! Peace ,comfort & prayers. Love from the Hoppers 💞

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