Jan Marie Guth
September 10, 1956 - March 18, 2007

When Jan Guth left us on March 18, 2007, she left a void in the many lives she touched during her remarkable, but short, 50 years.  She lived life to its fullest while sharing its joy with everyone she knew.  Jan's smile, her most endearing feature, was a window to her soul. A warm and loving memory of her rests with Jan's husband, daughter, family and many friends.  Her time with us was much too short.  However, our love for her is timeless.

Jan was born to "Pudge" and Rita Fillman in Fort Madison, Iowa, on September 10, 1956, the second of four children.  She graduated from Hancock County (Kentucky) High School in June 1974 and briefly attended Kentucky Wesleyan College.  She married David W. Guth on August 23, 1975, in Hawesville, Kentucky.  They have one daughter, Susan Elizabeth Guth, born December 13, 1983, in Raleigh, North Carolina. Jan graduated with a degree in economics from the University of Kansas in May 2005.  At the time of her death, she was a software engineer for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners in Kansas City, Missouri.  She had become well known in the Lawrence community as a volunteer for the Saint Lawrence Catholic Campus Center, the Girl Scouts of America, and the Free State High School Marching Band. A scholarship in her memory has been established at the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas.

Click here to watch a video tribute to Jan produced in 2007.  Click here to watch a second memorial tribute released during March 2008 in commemoration of the first anniversary of her passing. David Guth's choice for a musical tribute to his wife is Josh Groban's "To Where You Are." Susan Guth's selection for a musical tribute to her mother is Kayne West's "Hey Mama.


This page last updated January 19, 2018.