Branson, Mo. – March 22, 2017 A pioneer of The Caring People, Jan Wingo went to be with the Lord March 18th, 2017. She resided with husband Gary in her beloved hometown of Springfield, Mo. where she had many, many friends and family. Jan, led the very first City Chapter of a brand new women’s ministry to Single Moms with a steady hand, empathy and excellence. After hearing about the ministry from Founder, JoDee Herschend, she often shared, “My heart just lept when I heard about the mission, I knew God was calling me to serve. Seeing my sister raise her children as a Single Mom gave me the strength that I could do this.”
Serve she did for many years stepping down as City Chair in 2014. Debbie Stuck, a longtime participant in TCP, shares, “Jan touched a lot of lives. She expected a lot from the Single Moms she met through our Care Groups. She set the bar high, but did it always with love. If we didn’t set the bar high – we would get down. When Jan asked me to be a leader, I was so happy. I thought, she likes me and believes I can do this. It meant so much to me. I was capable and Jan made me feel stronger.”
JoDee and all the women of this mission will rejoice knowing that Jan served her purpose in life to the fullest; loving God first, her family, friends and all the hurting women she brought tenderness to. “She was a giant in this work…I’m only stronger in my role because of her example in everything. I would have been lost without Jan’s oversight, opinion, teaching and well… patience with me. Praise God for Jan!” , shared Cindy Shorey, CEO. “There are Single Moms, also there now with her no doubt tugging at her sleeve looking for that famous Jan Wingo smile.”
A visitation service will be held at Wesley United Methodist Church in Springfield, Mo. on Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 5pm to 7pm. Funeral services under the arrangement of Gorman Scharpf will be conducted at the church on Friday, March 24, 2017 at 10am. Pastor Scott Bailey-Kirk will officiate the service.
Memorial donations can be made to The Caring People, 164 Corporate Place, Branson, MO 65616 or via www.thecaringpeople.org. The family graciously declines casseroles for Gary, but prayers, condolences and sharing of memories are gladly accepted via www.gormanscharpf.com or [email protected]