Janice Marie Burch Brawley (1938-2017)

Janice Marie Burch Brawley, age 79 went to meet her Lord and Savior on August 13, 2017.  She was born in Austin, Texas to Robert and Marie Burch on April 11, 1938.  She lived with her daughter, Molissa Welch and her grandson, Storm Welch in Kyle, Texas.  She passed peacefully with her family by her side.  

Although, an only child, her aunts and uncles adored her and treated her like their own.  She was nicknamed “Tut” by her Aunt Emma and Uncle Roy Davis because she was so small.  That nickname stuck with her for her entire life.  

She loved to dance, garden, help people and most of all, she loved to cook.  Janice owned and operated Buda Café in the 60’s in Buda, TX (where the Carrington Crossing building is today).  She made the best hamburgers, chicken fried steak and peach cobbler in the area.  The locals flocked there to have coffee every morning.  The sounds of her children running up and down the metal stairs on the side of the building could be heard and Becky would sneak down the stairs to sit with the regulars while they had their coffee and they would “hide” her so she wouldn’t get sent back up to the living quarters.  

Janice’s sweet smile, and kind heart won people over.  

Janice moved to Dripping Springs later in life where she raised her youngest children.  She was the Head Cook at Hill Country Care in Dripping Springs. There she would spend 14 years being a friend and mentor to the employees and residents.  

She was survived by 7 children, Dale Lowden (Lanette) of Wimberley, TX, Mike Lowden (Laura) of Liberty Hill, TX, Gayle Carman (Larry) of The Colony, TX, Darrel Lowden (Debbie) of Wimberley, TX, Becky Lowden-Knight (Tommy) of Driftwood, TX, Glen Welch (Michelle) of Clovis, CA and Molissa Welch of Kyle, TX; 14 grandkids, 2 step-grandkids,17 great grandkids and 4 step-grandkids and 1 great-granddaughter on the way (Storm’s baby that he so desperately wanted her to meet). She is preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Marie Burch, many aunts, uncles and her favorite dog, Bridgette. 

May the angels surround you with Heaven’s love until we meet again, Mama. We will be loving and missing you. Heaven will shine brighter with you in it.

 Although it is not traditional, following cremation, the services will be delayed until November so that all of her children can be together and in attendance. 

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