Far, far too short was the life of Jennifer Jo Stickney. If only all of us had the chance to live life as she did, the world would be gifted with many more smiles, laughter and love. Our dear, sweet, beautiful JJ, you will be missed with an enormity without measure.
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On Sept. 8, 2007, just shy of her 36th birthday, JJ entered the Kingdom following a two-year battle with breast cancer. She battled the demon disease as a valiant and brave warrior, never once giving up, never once uttering a "Why Me?" Her strength was a beacon for all who had the blessing of knowing her.
Jennifer Jo Martens was born on Sept. 30, 1971, in Tampa, Fla., to David and Mary Jo Martens. After a mobile upbringing taking her to Tiffin, Ohio; York, Pa.; Annapolis, Md.; Bellingham, Wash.; Mercer Island, Wash.; BACK to Bellingham, Wash.; then off to Billings, she finally made her way back to the Pacific Northwest settling down in Sammamish, Wash.
JJ attended Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash., and earned her bachelor of arts degree in 1996. Adventure led her to Billings, where she met her husband-to-be, Jonathan Stickney. After a proposal during a skydiving experience, the deal was done, and JJ and Jon were married on June 20, 1988.
The most precious girl in the world, Emma Grace, was born on March 19, 2000, and JJ's true calling began to come to life. Motherhood was her passion, that beautiful child her dream come true. A career change for Jon led them to the Seattle area in 2002, and on April 7, 2004, Jack Patrick arrived on scene, adding yet another child of wonder to the blessed family.
JJ spent her working career in the newspaper industry, starting at the Bellingham Herald as receptionist then onto the advertising sales team, then to the Billings Gazette in ad sales, finally on to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle where she served as advertising director. As anyone fortunate enough to have had the chance to meet JJ would confirm, this girl had it goin' on! Her energy, enthusiasm and lust for life were infectious. Her smile was her trademark. Friendship with JJ was effortless. What a gift.
Jennifer is survived by her husband, Jon, daughter and son, Emma and Jack of Sammamish, Wash.; father and mother, David and Mary Jo Martens of Anacortes, Wash.; and brother, Patrick Martens of Los Angeles, Calif. There are also innumerable friends, neighbors and other loved ones who will miss this incredible woman.
Services are to be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at Timberlake Christian Fellowship Church, 4505 236th Ave. N.E., Redmond, Wash.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be sent to "Breast Cancer Action" via the Internet at http://bcaction.org/Pages/Membership/DonateOnline.html.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Sept. 14, 2007