ROY, Rev. Jennifer "Jena" Jean Of Winchester, MA died peacefully at home on June 13, 2016, at age 49, having lived with cancer for over four years. She was surrounded by immediate family who love her deeply. She is survived by her two children, Max Roy Thompson of Tacoma and Madeline Roy Thompson of Winchester, their father Marc Thompson, her mother Barbara Blanch Roy, her siblings Heidi (Robert) Hubbard, Beth (Oliver) Jenkyn, and Christopher (Amber) Roy, and a large extended family. Preceded in death by grandparents Ted "Pap" and Jean "Gram" Blanch, and father Dr. Philemon C. Roy, Jr. Born in St. Paul, MN, Jena graduated from St. Paul Academy, Dartmouth College, and Andover Newton Theological School. After an early career in business in NYC, she settled in Winchester to raise her family. She was a longtime member of First Congregational Church, and an active volunteer in community affairs. Most recently, she worked as an interfaith chaplain at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and ministered to others walking with the Outdoor Church, counseling at the Children's Room, teaching at Germaine Lawrence and leading worship in many churches. Loving mother of Max and Mimi and to dogs Bella and Joe, she enjoyed the outdoors, the Red Sox, a good book, and laughter. Jena and family were deeply grateful for all the support of wonderful friends, MGH medical team, and hospice caregivers. A service to celebrate Jena's well-lived life will be on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the First Congregational Church of Winchester with lunch to follow. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to honor Jena to the Music & Worship Arts Capital Fund for the First Congregational Church, 21 Church St., Winchester, MA 01890.
Published by Boston Globe from Jun. 14 to Jun. 17, 2016.
So sad to just hear of Jena's passing. While I didn't know her well, my husband Andrew and she worked together at the Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ. He held Jena in the highest esteem. I was present at the Conference's Annual meeting last year when she received the first Inspiring Generosity Award in my late husband's name. I thought she was a perfect recipient for this and I know he was smiling that day. May her warm, caring spirit and all your memories sustain you during your grief. She comforted so many and I am sure she will continue to do so by the good work she did and her exemplary life.
June 17, 2016
It was very sacred space that we shared, and you will be missed. You left a path of love behind you. Thank you.
Ally Van Leuvan, RN
June 16, 2016
My daughter, Emily Jarvis Chatfield, was a "cancer friend" of Jena's. Emily met Jena at the First Congragational Church of Winchester and shared the cancer fight. Jena and Emily are now united in death. My sympathy is extended to Jena's family on their loss, as I know that there will be difficult moments and days ahead. Your hearts are aching and the loss is enormous. May your faith in God sustain you during these times. Sincerely, Nancy Jarvis
June 15, 2016
Jena was a lovely and wonderful person. I hadn't seen her for many years and met her on the train at Winchester Center just a few months ago. My son Alex and Max had many play dates. My heart goes out to you all. May your memories and her spirit help you through this difficult time.