05/25/1954 — 04/10/2009
Jan Duck was born May 25, 1954 in the small panhandle town of Pampa, Texas. She graduated from Pampa Senior High School in 1971.
Jan enjoyed a long career in education; holding paraprofessional positions at Katy ISD campuses West Memorial Elementary, Jeanette Hayes Elementary and finally as Principal’s Secretary for Cinco Ranch Junior High. Jan was a passionate supporter of the PTA and parent volunteers. She was awarded lifetime PTA membership in 2008. She listened compassionately to students, parents, teachers, and staff members daily, celebrating their successes and lifting them up when they felt down. She kept morale high in the school with her cheerfulness and chocolate (which could always be found on the corner of her desk).
All that knew Jan knew what an animal lover she was. Since they never had children, Jan and her husband, Ron, formed very strong bonds with their pets. They were more of an extension of their family rather than just “pets”. When she had spent time with a student who was going through a difficult experience, Jan would exclaim, “I am glad all my children have four legs and a tail!”
Jan loved scrap booking and stamping. She used her creative talents to make CRJH communications more appealing and often presented the staff with handcrafted keepsakes. She had whimsical collections that she displayed in her office area and faithfully decorated for each season. Her wonderful personality and creativity gave Cinco Ranch Junior High a warm, personal and friendly atmosphere.
Above all else, Jan absolutely loved working with her “coyote family”. Her husband, Ron often commented that even on the days when I’m sure she’d have much preferred to stay home sick he would see her get up and head out to work because she enjoyed it that much. Jan loved working for Dr. Steve Robertson. They relied upon each other so well, sharing a mutual respect and admiration that is often lacking in most professional relationships.
She was diagnosed with Melanoma in the spring of 2008. On April 10, 2009, after more than a year of interferon injections, chemotherapy and radiation treatment, Jan lost her bravely fought battle with this extremely aggressive disease.
Jan is survived by her husband of 32 years, Ron; by her parents, George and Nancy Crossman; a sister, a brother, two nieces and two nephews. She was a beautiful, kind hearted, thoughtful and loving soul who will be greatly missed by so many friends and family.