By DINA ARÉVALO
Port Isabel-South Padre Press
Boxes of tissues sat unobtrusively at the ends of several rows of chairs inside a ballroom at the Pearl South Padre hotel Friday afternoon. Slowly, staff members and local residents filed into the room, where soothing music played softly. Many of those who came wore vibrant shades of blue emblazoned with Dallas Cowboys logos and silver stars in honor of the friend they were there to remember.
Janet Goggan, or Jan to those who knew her, was killed in a car accident on the Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway just one week earlier. She had worked at the popular hotel as the director of sales and marketing for about a year and a half.
Though she hadn’t lived in the area for long, Goggan had clearly established deep roots within the community, as evidenced by photos of her projected onto a screen at the front of the room — photos showing her smiling with friends at several local hangouts.
The memorial began with the hotel’s director of human resources, Anna Guzman, reading the 23rd Psalm. Afterwards, Monsignor Patrick Wells, of Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, spoke to those gathered about experiencing and overcoming loss.
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