Big, gorgeous eyes seeing,
All the possibilities around you.
Ever present smile.
Loving all the while
Everywhere, friends surrounded you.
Dipped your toe in, testing
Using your precious life to the full extent.
Kid Sister, source of laughter,
A gem to your family, members of others as well.
I smile looking back on all our old activities,
From riding the bus to hacky sack and euchre during the choir final.
Sense of humor.
Sharp wit and joking with others,
There was never a dull moment around you.
Knowing the answer and curious as a sleuth
You always knew just what to do or say.
Now the laughter fades,
In tears we all wade, for you were taken away.
Unfinished tasks, plans torn at the seams.
Moving prematurely down the isle in black, instead of white.
I see your mother crying in agony
There’s no way anyone could console her, your friends, or me.
They’ve taken you away, lowered you down.
You soar above, white as a dove, remembered with love, and deeply missed.
Written in loving memory of Jessica Lynn Mancheski, born November 11th, 1985 – taken May 30th, 2002 in a car accident on London Road between Deerfield and London, Wisconsin.
Authors Note: Jessica, I miss you more than I can express. The pain is almost too much to bear when I think of all that you were robbed of. Never had anyone or I expected this to happen to you of all people. Walking down the isle of the church on your funeral instead of your wedding, seeing you dressed up in your coffin instead of at prom is so inexplicably unjust. You had so much potential and you would have used it I know, I will not let your zeal for life die. I’ll do my best to let you live through me, and I regret never being able to tell you how much I cherished you. I hope that as an angel you’ll somehow already know. I love you Jessi, for always.