JANE (JAN) GUTHRIE GORMLEY
Niceville resident, Jane (Jan) Guthrie Gormley died peacefully in her home October 2 at the age of 85. She was born at Selfridge AFB in Detroit MI on July 2, 1936. Her father, James O. Guthrie, was in the Army Air Corp at the time. Her mother, Jane Byrne Guthrie, and her father were from Bismarck ND. With a father in the Army Air Corp, later the United States Air Force, the family moved around most of Jan’s life including Maxwell AFB in Montgomery AL, Eglin AFB, Great Falls MT., and Washington DC where she attended Immaculata College. She lived in Bismarck when her father was serving in the Pacific during World War II. In the mid-1950s, the then General Guthrie was stationed in Japan when his daughter met “the love of my life,” Lt. James (Jim) Gormley. After their marriage in March of 1956, Jan continued the life of an Air Force family. Their three sons were born during Jim’s successful career in the Air Force. Brig. Gen. Gormley retired in 1992 and he and Jan moved to Niceville. “Niceville had everything we wanted — golf, water, warm weather and family,” Jan said. She is predeceased by her husband Brig. Gen. James Gormley, their son Mark Joseph Gormley, their son Matthew John Gormley and her step-granddaughter Erin Spillers. She is survived by her son Michael (Annie) of Montgomery AL and the “apples of her eye” her grandchildren Michael Gormley (Liz) of Austin Tx, Abigail and James Thomas Gormley of Oak Ridge TN and step-granddaughter Jessica Spillers Jarret of New York. She also leaves her three siblings Michael Guthrie and wife Diana of Kent England, Patricia Brou and her husband Charles of Vacherie LA and Jack and his wife Carolyn Guthrie of Raynham MA and numerous loving nieces and nephews. In addition, she leaves her daughter-n-law, Kelly Gormley of Oak Ridge TN. and cousins all over the United States, including her Niceville cousins Judy Byrne Riley and Pat Byrne.
The Celebration of Jan’s Life will be at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church on Friday October 8, 2021, beginning at 10am. Interment will follow in Heritage Gardens Cemetery in Niceville.
The family invites you to a reception in the church’s hall following the internment. In her memory, friends may donate to the Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church (1200 Valparaiso Blvd, Niceville FL) or Opportunity Place, Inc. (305 Lovejoy NW, Fort Walton Beach, FL).
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