Heather Jay of Parachute died Nov. 13, 2008, in an automobile accident. She was a loving daughter and friend. She was 20 years old.
Heather was born Aug. 14, 1988, in Wiesbaden, Germany, to Craig and Nancy Jay. Craig was stationed in Germany as part of his service to the United States Army.
Heather grew up in the Battlement Mesa area, beginning school in District 16 as a first-grader. She graduated from Grand Valley High School in 2006. Heather was attending Mesa State University studying Kinesiology and was on track to earn her degree in just three years, graduating this May.
Heather was a beautiful young lady who found joy in the simple pleasures of life. She could be mesmerized by a lady bug dancing on a blade of grass, would wander among the stars while lying on the bow of a boat, and she would dance among the clouds while the cool blades of grass tickled at her toes.
She loved her family and engaged in the typical young adult pleasures: movies, friends and video games. While at Grand Valley High School, she participated in volleyball, basketball and theater, an interest she continued while at Mesa State College via the drama club.
To her many friends, she was loyal as the day is long, dependable and trusting. She was always there to lend a hand, provide support, or just a welcoming smile. She loved helping people and found her friends among the young and old, the athletes and the artists, and the multiple cultures that create the colorful tapestry of our world. To all who knew her, she will be missed.
Heather is survived by her parents, Craig and Nancy Jay, her grandparents Don and JoAnne Meinen of Clifton, Victoria and Devere Southam and Earl Jay of Salt Lake City, numerous aunts, uncles and cousins and her many friends.
Memorial services will be held Monday, Nov. 17, 2008, at the West Garfield County campus of Colorado Mountain College in Rifle at 4 p.m. The Heather M. Jay Memorial Fund has been set up in her honor at Wells Fargo Bank. Rifle Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
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