Jessica is my niece. She was a warm, loving, young woman who had empathy for others and love for everyone whom she came into contact with. A high achiever as a pianist, she ran cross country track while going through her high school years at Jefferson City High School and achieved a full scholarship to Rolla Mo. to study to become an engineer. She had goals in life.
Unfortunately, after attending college, approximately 2 years, she began to struggle with addiction. She fought for her life daily. She did find sobriety for 5 years and relapsed up until her passing. She was 33 years of age when she passed and was still fighting daily. She wanted to live a healthy life as all who suffer from this horrific disease called addiction. She never saw bad in anyone. Never blaming anyone for her addiction.
I miss my time just loving her and telling her she is worthy of a normal life. On good days I would go to her home and we would talk about my mother (her grandmother), her Paw Paw, and her other grandmother. She would talk about the love she had for her mom and dad and brother. She fought the battle daily. And she would say she just didn't want to live another day cursed with addiction. However, she kept fighting.
I miss her most precious smile, her love for her cousins, her family but most of all her partner "Duke" her boxer... She loved Duke and she is missed by her entire family. Love and miss you my sweet Jessica, Aunt Cherie.