Leona Jane Lyda Gatwood passed into eternal life on September 15, 2019. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m., Tuesday, September 24, 2019, at Navarre Funeral Home, 2444 Rollingbrook Dr., Baytown, Texas 77521. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.navarrefuneralhome.com.
Leona Jane Lyda Gatwood, 80, passed into eternal life on September 15, 2019, at St. James House in Baytown, Texas.
Born July 9, 1939 in Burnet, Texas, Jane was preceded in death by her husband of 38 years, George Gatwood; her parents, Thelma Lucille Anderson Lyda and Eldon Leon Lyda, Sr.; brothers, Eldon Leon Lyda, Jr. and Leonard Ray Lyda; and sisters, Laura Jean Valdez and Dixie Aileen Elrod.
She is survived by her children, Clayton James Ellington, Janie Lynne Ellington Smith, Kathy Gatwood Konger and husband Denny of Churubusco, Indiana; Karen Gatwood Peelman and husband Mike of Flower Mound, Texas; and Karla Gatwood Linville and husband Roger of Columbia City, Indiana. Also survived by sister, Nina LaNelle Lyda, 11 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, ex-husband James Ellington and wife Frances, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and loving friends.
Jane and George were ordained pastors who made several mission trips to Sao Paolo Brazil and the surrounding area. In addition to ministering to the general population there, they also focused on an orphanage.
Jane enjoyed a rich and fulfilling life, with many different jobs, but her greatest joy came from her family and her roles as wife, mother, and especially grandmother.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m., Tuesday, September 24, 2019, at Navarre Funeral Home, 2444 Rollingbrook Dr., Baytown, Texas 77521.
Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.navarrefuneralhome.com