Janis Underwood


Underwood, JanisKnown for her recognizable laugh, and zest of life, Janis J. Underwood, joined her spouse Al in heaven on February 24, 2015. She was born January 8, 1937 at home in Agawam, Oklahoma to Dude and Grace Berry. Jan was the eldest of three children.

She graduated from Ninnekah High School and became a secretary in the town of Chickasha, Oklahoma. At the tender age of nineteen, Jan met the love of her life Al Underwood and they married on May 22, 1955 in Ninnekah, Oklahoma. Jan stayed home to raise her two children while Al was Superintendent of Schools at Ninnekah. They shortly moved to Newcastle, Oklahoma where Jan became Al’s secretary while he served as Superintendent of Schools. Jan then became a legal secretary at Speck Philbin Attorneys in Oklahoma City and eventually was the office administrator. She moved to be the legal assistant to Cary Myatt and Mark Fitch, and then later was Mark Fitch’s legal assistant at 50 Penn Place in Oklahoma City until she retired. Jan and Al moved to Sutton Place in Oklahoma City where they made lifelong friends. Jan was an avid reader, loved to go swimming, attended many OU football and basketball games, loved buying purses and shoes, and going to the movies and out to eat. Loving known as “Nana” to her two grandchildren, Jan always bragged to her friends she had the best grandkids in the world. She was always very involved with her many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

Jan was preceded in death by her parents Grace Campbell and Dude Berry and her husband of 59 years Al Underwood. She is survived by her daughter Kim Treece and husband Dean Treece of Edmond, Oklahoma; son Tim Underwood and husband Gene Strange of San Francisco, California; grandchildren, Cory Treece and Missi Treece of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; and Alexis Treece of Edmond, Oklahoma. Jan is also survived by her brother Ed Berry and wife Debbie Berry; sister Kathryn Weddle-Bayne and Neil Hawthorne; and brother in-law Dean Underwood and wife Dana Underwood; and her numerous nephews and nieces, Chad Berry and wife Kim Berry, Lindsey Smith and husband Shaun Smith, Lisa Prentiss and husband Kent Prentiss, Chris Moore, Terry Underwood and wife Susan Underwood, Mark Underwood and wife Diane Underwood, and Blake Underwood and wife Karen Underwood; and numerous great nephews and great nieces. Jan is also survived by her wonderful relatives and friends of Ninnekah, Newcastle, Oklahoma City, and Sutton Place all whose friendship and support she enjoyed throughout the years. A special thanks to all the doctors, family, and friends that aided Jan in her battle with cancer.

Memorial services will begin at 10:00 a.m. on March 2, 2015, at the Matthews Funeral Home at 601 S. Kelly in Edmond, Oklahoma. Memorial contributions may be sent to Integris Hospice House in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.


  1. I loved Jan so much, I called her Mama Jan lately. My heart is broken but I am so thankful she is well now, no pain or sorrow. She always made me laugh. Too many memories to write. She gave me my best friend, Kim, for all the years I attended Newcastle School.
    She always smiled and made me feel happy. When Kim and I would visit her at school she would always pull open her desk drawer and give us a dime for the Coke machine which was a huge deal to me. She took me on vacations so Kim and I could swim and play together. She always prepared a wonderful meal complete with fried chicken and Twinkles for the road trip to Bella Vista. We would eat at OMealys cafeteria regularly. Her home was always spotless and happy. She took Kim and me swimming countless times.
    I miss her and still can’t get it through my head that I won’t get to her hear cheery happy voice until I see her again in heaven.

    Love you both Kim and Tim!!

  2. Sorry to hear about Jan passing away! Glad she isn’t suffering anymore! Ken and I truly loved her and Al. They were the best neighbors and friends anyone could ask for!
    Such a sweet and pretty lady! Would do anything for you!
    She loved OU Sooners and we enjoyed talking to her about our trips to OU games!
    We were truly blessed to have her and Al as our friends!
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Tim and Kim!
    May God bless you!

  3. I worked with Jan and Al for several years. We had a lot of good times together. Our families took several vacations together. Jan was a happy person and laughed a lot.
    Kim & Tim, sorry we did not make the funeral. I fell 3 weeks ago and hit my right eye.
    Still having problems with it. You are both in our prayers/

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