YELLOW SPRINGS - Jessica Kae Fries, 21, of Yellow Springs, the most fun-loving, energetic, free-spirited soul this world has ever known, passed away unexpectedly from a brain aneurysm Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012.
Jessica was born in Sidney on Nov. 26, 1991. When Jessica was young, she loved soccer, horses, and she always wanted to grow up way too fast. By the time she was 18, Jessica graduated in 2010 with a degree in cosmetology. She was independent, self sufficient, and made her way to California where she made many friends, submersed herself in the culture, and lived life to the fullest. She loved good music, dancing, animals, nature, hula-hooping, yoga, being a vegan, anything handmade, hiking, crystals, photography, and all things vintage! After two years, Jessica moved back to Yellow Springs, where she was currently training to be a manager at The Winds Fine Dining and lived with her two best friends, the kitties, whom she rescued, Thelma and Louise.
Jessica was made happy in life by the smallest things, like wildflowers in a vase on her windowsill, or her favorite vinyl playing on a rainy day, the smell of old books and the library. She was so proud of her very first library card! She also enjoyed life's little adventures and the aroma of salty ocean water. She had such a positive personality and witty sense of humor that people were drawn to her free spirit and beauty. Not enough could be written about her life's accomplishments and passions. She loved her friends and her family, and shared a very special bond with her brother, Seth. She was also loved by so many, and although she will be deeply and painfully missed, her spirit will carry on with us everyday.
Jessica is survived by mother, Lisa Fries, and partner Heather Ramsay, whom Jessica liked to refer to as mom #2; father and stepmother, Jason and Shelley Fries; brother, Jason Seth Fries; maternal grandmother, Lynda Bradley; maternal grandfather, Ronnie and wife Mary Boling; paternal grandparents, Robert and Phyllis Fries; uncles, Robert and Eric Boling; aunts, Nikki Estes; Sally Boling; Lynette and husband Sam Long; Tracy and husband, Herb Praay; Nikki and husband Mark Hina; and countless cousins, family, and friends.
Arrangements are at Fisher-Cheney Funeral Home, 1124 W. Main St., Troy. The family will receive friends from 1-6 p.m. Sunday and the service, conducted by Pastor Mark Hina, will be held at 12 p.m. Monday, both at the funeral home. A private committal service will be held at Casstown Cemetery at a later date.
It is the wishes of the family that memorial contributions be given to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.fisher-cheneyfuneralhome.com.
Published in Piqua Daily Call on Dec. 6, 2012