It's nothing special, but writing the words for her were very emotional for me and I'm grateful to my Aunt Julie who did some editing because I was such a mess.
Anyway. I'm told it was read today at the service, and I wanted to share it with you all too.
here it is :]
Aunt Jill and had the greatest sense of humor.
I realize now writing this, that we did spend a lot of time with Jill. We’re all just feeling the loss of her, and realizing that we won’t have the opportunity to spend more time with her in the future is extremely painful.
In the last 3 years, all 3 nieces have gotten married and each of our spouses was loved by her as if he had always been a part of the family.
She was so happy for me when I met my husband Zackery, and she loved him so much.
She couldn’t wait for us to have kids. I’m comforted knowing she will meet them, and hold them in her arms, before Zack and I ever do.
Jill loved Jen’s boys, her great nephews, as if they were her own. Zachary loves his Aunt Jill, or Aunt Jeel as he says, so much. Jen says he’s been talking to her in the sky. He will miss her and our future children will miss out. I hope that Zachary can convey to them how much love she had.
One amazing summer where we went everywhere and we did everything.
We day tripped to fun plex, and the zoo, and the park, and the pool, and the lake, and the movies. Anywhere we wanted to go she took us, and we fought and laughed and sang and danced the whole way.
Or “danced” anyway.
Jill was a terrible dancer, but she danced with her whole heart… and her whole body.
Jill was impractical, and that’s how she liked it.
We all remember laughing hysterically. Every day.
She was inappropriate, and had just the right amount of twisted sense of humor that our family is known for.
I will probably think of her every time I have a good laugh for a while.
For a while, she ate Molly McButter on EVERYTHING, and called me that for a while too…
Sadie was an adorable little black ball of piss and vinegar with an alligator mouth that we all fought over holding on the way home.
First it was Jen’s turn because, no matter what she says, she’s a big whiner and it was always her turn first. Then Danny, because everyone loves him the most. Then me, because everyone knows first and second are the worst and third is the best.
Then finally Steph’s turn, clear in the back.
Steph was so excited and Sadie had been in the car at this point probably 10 times as long as she ever had before. After a few minutes Steph said “aw she’s drooling on me!” until Aunt Jill realized Sadie had just puked all over Steph.
We couldn’t help it. We all (including, and especially, Aunt Jill) laughed and laughed until we thought we'd pee.
Then she made Steph wear a giant shirt to take the puppy in to surprise Gma at work. Jill didn’t want any of us to miss out on the surprise, she was so excited.
She loved to make other people happy.
The summer that Aunt Jill babysat us that Will Smith song “Getting Jiggy With It” was very popular and on constantly.
Jill loved to “dance” to that song arms flailing and singing at the top of her lungs . . . At red lights, in the mall, at the pool, anytime one of us kids heard that song start it was sheer panic.
She would look at us and say she was going to get Jiggy if she was trying to get us to do something.
“Get out of the pool and get in the car, it’s time to go home. Get out! Get out or I’ll get Jiggy!” “Ok, sheesh we’re coming! Don’t get jiggy!”.
In the end, we all got Jiggy with Aunt Jill.
I’m really glad that I can remember always, eventually, letting the jiggy moment take us and all of us getting jiggy together.
Scaring pedestrians and passersby.
Jill did that.
She brought the jiggy out in everybody and somewhere in heaven, she is getting jiggy with it right now.
The world has lost a light that can never be replaced.
I miss her so much.