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Janiver Brown and Heaven

I can’t recall when in such a brief period so many people who are significant to me have gone to meet Jesus. This morning the final call came to my beautiful, longtime friend, Jan Brown. With certain peace, she left this world, and now occupies a timeless, invisible place. She rests in eternity with Jesus.

Jan was a preacher’s wife; her husband, Clayton, is the pastor of a United Pentecostal church in Napa, CA. It is impossible to imagine a sweeter, more godly person than was Jan. Truly I feel exceedingly blessed to have been in her circle of acquaintances. She was an exceptional person. And now she is gone, leaving a wonderful family; two sons, two daughters, and her dear husband.

Her husband briefly writes of the conclusion of her earthly life in this way:

“Janiver laid down her cares and took the hand of Jesus this morning at 3:00am. She passed very peacefully with no struggle. I can only image the glories she is experiencing now and for eternity. I know it will be a challenge for us to redefine “normal” now. The larger someone is in your life, the bigger the hole they leave when they are gone. But God will see us through. Love to each of you! Clayton”

A song rings in my ears tonight as I consider Heaven, its glory, its mystery.  Many who are dear to me are gathered there tonight.

“What a day that will be when my Jesus I will see

When I look upon His face, the One who saved me by His grace.

When He takes me by the hand, leads me through the Promised Land.

What a day, glorious day that will be.”

For sure I don’t know how it all works, but I just wonder…is Jesus showing Janiver around tonight? Has she talked with Sister Freeman and Brother Hyde who just arrived there last week? Has she dipped a toe in the River of Life or  bent down to rub her hand across a golden street? Has she met up with the Patriarchs, the Apostles, or David…who was a man after God’s own heart? Has she paused to gaze in awe at the splendor of Heaven? Can she peer down and see a million galaxies…or the precisely ordered spin of our planet–the one we call earth?

We don’t know. But of this I am sure; Jan is safe with Jesus, freed at last from the terrors of this earth, from her cancer riddled body, from fear, from pain, from dread and uncertainty.

By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 83 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 63 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

7 replies on “Janiver Brown and Heaven”

Hi Sister Buxton,

I really feel for Brother Brown and his family. I know this is a difficult time for them, and they are in my prayers. At the same time, I’m glad that Sister Brown’s long trial of physical sickness if over and that she is in a far better place.

I’ve thought of this Scripture, and I’m sure it can be applied in Sister Brown’s case.

“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” Psalm 116:15

This is God’s perspective on the passing of this dear lady, and if I should go by way of the grave(although I’m hoping to be one of those that is alive and remaining when Jesus returns), I would want my death to be a precious thing to the Lord as well.


Sis. Buxton, I was really serious when I said you and Bro. Brown should write a book of Jan’s Journey. You both have a special way with words.

This past Camp Meeting, we had the honor of having lunch with Bro. and Sis. Brown. It is now a treasured memory.

She was an amazing person. I feel for them during this sad week…and the ones to yet come.


She will be greatly missed by everyone. But I know she is in a better place and we will be reuntied with her somday. She was a wonderful pastors wife.I count it a privilige to have known her. She touched so many lives with quite and meek spirit.


I am sorry for the loss of your friend. I reflect on the difference of losing a friend that you know has gone to meet Jesus and the uncertainty that we are left with when one has not given their lives to Him. ” Only one life and soon it will pass, only what’s done for Christ will last”.


So sorry for the loss of your friend and Sis Freeman. I stumbled onto your blog while trying to get information regarding sis Freeman. I have now saved you as one of my Favorites. I truly enjoy reading your blog. I am new to the “blogging” world. Since August 09 I have enjoyed sharing my thoughts with a few friends. I currently go the UPC in Smyrna, TN and serve as church administrator. I look forward to your future writings. Good blessing upon you is my prayer. Diann Horner

Welcome Diann, and thank you for the compliments. Post a link to your blog, and I’ll pay you a visit. 🙂 Blessings in this great new year.


We will miss Sis. Brown she was a great example of a good solider for the Lord always.. There is sadness in our hearts but glad to see that she is in a better place now. We are praying for the Family. Bro. and Sis. Cole Benicia U P C.

Thank you for these kind and thoughtful words, Pearly. Our relationships with Sister Brown have not ended–just put “on hold” for but a few days…until we met in Heaven. Happy day!

Thanks for visiting my blog. Hope you’re here often.


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