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Jodi Elizabeth Pershing

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August 12, 1967 - November 23, 2014 Ladies and gentlemen "The Fabulous Miss Jodi " has left this life. My amazing sister Jodi Elizabeth Pershing bowed her way off stage with dignity and grace on November 23, 2014 at the age of 47. As always, she was beautiful and held center stage as phone calls and friends flooded her room to say, "I love you, farewell." Jodi was a natural born singer, dancer, actress and comedien. Her favorite place was on a stage, any stage! She loved working as a stand up comic at the Comedy Store, the Ha Ha Cafe and many other venues in and around Los Angeles. She worked regularly in films and television for several years but Jodi's greatest love was live theater. Jodi was an original cast member of the historical play "Slavery" winner of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival John Cauble Award for Outstanding Short Play for the year 2002 and Best Ensemble Performance at the International Fringe Festival in New York in 2002. Jodi was dynamic in her portrayal of the true life woman Mittie S. Armstrong, who as a young slave girl suffered the trauma of watching her baby sister beaten to death by the masters' wife and who rose up to take her revenge. Jodi took tremendous pride in the play and in her performance and toured with the company in Los Angeles, Washington DC, New York City and other cities around the country. Jodi is best remembered by friends and family for her wonderful sense of humor, her singing and dancing and her huge heart. Jodi sang and danced as often as possible and was known to break out into song anywhere and everywhere. Her laugther was contagious and would fill a room. Her friend Kate perfectly described her, "Jodi was like sunshine walking into a room." Her best talent was making people feel loved, appreciated and happy. No matter how sad or mad anyone was, a few minutes with Jodi and they would be hysterically laughing! Jodi was always available to talk to, to listen and to give advise. Her loyalty was unparalleled. Though she had serious physical ailments that caused her much pain Jodi was always the first to ask how everyone else was and to offer her love and support. In spite of her pain Jodi loved life and walked through this period of her life with a positive attitude, a smile on her face, her chin up and wearing her red lipstick and a tiara as often as possible. Jodi is greatly loved and missed by so many and is survived by her sisters Liza, Dale, Marlane and Claire, brothers Evan and Dean, cousins Jay Leigh and Suzy, aunt Shirlee, uncle John and numerous nieces, nephews and Godchildren. Regardless of how much or how little money Jodi had she was a philanthropist and donated to several organizations. Jodi loved animals, especially her dog Skippy Jon Jones. Anyone who wishes to remember and honor Jodi please do so by donating to one of her favorite organizations the ASPCA. Jodis' celebration of life will be held on May 23, 2015. Please e-mail [email protected] for details.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on May 17, 2015
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