Janice Marie Guidry Gibson, 56, went home to her Lord last week after a sudden illness.
Her parents, Alfred Guidry and Geraldine Guidry, preceded her in returning to the Lord. Survivors include twin sisters, Pamela Guidry Whitaker and Paula Guidry Landy; nephew and nieces Gerald, Dione and Ashley; great-nieces Taylor and Kayla; and goddaughters Dione, Robyn and Brittany. She also leaves a multitude of friends who will miss her dearly.
She was a pioneer among African-American women in Houston’s public relations community, which she entered in 1970 after graduating from Kashmere High School and the University of Houston. Subsequently, she earned a master’s of arts degree from the University of Houston and a master’s of business administration from the University of Texas Graduate School of Business. Janice spent almost all of her career in Houston, serving on the public affairs and media relations staffs at Baylor College of Medicine, the Metropolitan Transit Authority, Coca Cola Foods and the Houston Independent School District before establishing Three G Communications in 1991. In addition, she served as an instructor at Texas A&M University, Houston Baptist College and the University of Houston.
Janice had a second career concurrently with her work in the business world. She was a motivational speaker and author of four books. She shared the message that serving the Lord was a way of life, whatever one’s profession or calling, with people of all races and creeds. She inspired a generation of African American women to reach for success while as working toward fairness and opportunity for all peoples.
In 2002, she accepted her own calling as a vocational minister and founded Foresight Ministries, a Houston-based faith-based organization to teach turning vision into reality. This program followed on years of Bible teaching and music ministry.
Janice served her community in a myriad of other ways. At the University of Houston, she was a founding member of the Alpha Omicron chapter of Delta Sigma Theta and an officer in the honorary journalism sorority Theta Sigma Phi. Her sisters from both organizations remained friends for life. Among her awards were Woman of the Year from the Women’s Business Enterprise Institute and Headliner by the Houston Chapter of Women in Communications. She also served on the boards of numerous civic, charitable and service organizations in the Houston area, including the Houston Minority Business Council and the Ensemble Theater. She was a member of the Ruth Circle at New Mount Calvary Baptist Church.
Services celebrating Janice’s life will be at 11 a.m., Friday, March 25, at New Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 4711 Kelley St. in Houston, with Rev. Willie Jones presiding. Burial will follow at Paradise North Cemetery, 10401 West Montgomery. Cards and acknowledgements can be sent to the Family of Janice Gibson, c/o Paula Landy, 4313 Creekbend, Houston, TX 77035.
For more information, contact Barbara Shook at 713-222-6855 or firstname.lastname@example.org.