Saturday, August 11, 2018

Almost a Year Later - Obituary


December 10, 1989 – August 26, 2017

Peacefully on Saturday, August 26, 2017, Jenn passed away at the age of 27. She is survived by her parents, Auntie Sandy, cousins Kyle. B.J. (Jasmin), Michael, Christine & family, as well as numerous other aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Special online friends, Leah of Great Britain and Rowan of Australia.

Born 10 December 1989 in northern Manitoba. Jenn and her family moved to the farm when she was four years old. She attended primary and secondary school in Manitoba. Her post-secondary education was in New Brunswick.

Jennifer loved words, books, languages, linguistics, expressing herself with wit and pith, and exploring cultures other than her own. She had travelled to the islands of the United Kingdom and Greece. In her second year at university, January 2009, studying French, German, Spanish and Japanese, she was making plans for a summer in Germany when she became ill.

Determined to continue her study of languages in the spring of 2009, she attended College to learn ASL.

At an early age, Jennifer was introduced to computer gaming, and was an early subscriber to the MMORPG “World of Warcraft”. After she became ill she dedicated much of her time to her online communities including battle.net (Hearthstone, Overwatch and WoW), Sapherna, Subeta, and support groups for people living with chronic illness.

In keeping with Jennifer’s wishes, cremation has taken place, and a private interment will be held.  In honour of Jenn you could play a card, board or online game with your loved ones; teach your pet a new trick; or read a book by J.R.R. Tolkien. You could also watch a Peter Jackson /J.R.R. Tolkien movie as long as you promise to snort or swear at the parts that are different from the books.

Jenn’s family thank the healthcare professionals at the Dialysis, ER and ICU Units. There are far too many medical personnel to name individually with the various team members running into the hundreds over the eight and half years. Your care and compassion in the treatment of Jenn’s illnesses and conditions were appreciated beyond what mere words can express.
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Pippin: “I didn’t think it would end this way.”

Gandalf: “End?… No, the journey doesn’t end here. 
Death is just another path, one we must all take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass,  and then you see it.”

Pippin: “What, Gandalf?  See what?”

Gandalf: “White shores, and beyond, a far green country under a swift sunrise.”

Pippin: “Well, that isn’t so bad.”

Gandalf: “No….No it isn’t.”
J. R. R. Tolkien
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