August 8, 2008
Jessica L. Drey, 39, of Lancaster, died peacefully Friday morning at her home after a nine-month struggle with brain cancer.
Born in Pottsville, she is survived by her partner, Timothy J. Roschel, Lancaster; her mother, Kay and her husband, Pete Moyer, Schuylkill Haven; a sister, Tricia and her husband, Tony Kelly, Schuylkill Haven; a stepbrother, Bruce Moyer, New Philadelphia; maternal grandparents, Arlan and Patricia Sunday, Auburn; two nieces, Kayla and Raysa; and a nephew, Axton, all of Schuylkill Haven.
Jessie came to Lancaster to become a nurse, training at LGH and receiving her bachelor's degree in nursing from Millersville University. For the last 12 years, Jessie was privileged to serve her patients and their families as an RN for Hospice of Lancaster County. In a bittersweet turn, Jessie benefited from the very Hospice services she so deeply espoused.
She loved to travel, to cook, and especially enjoyed the time she spent with her nieces and nephew, the true joys of her life. Some of her favorite places included Stone Harbor and New York City. She would like her family and friends to remember her as a caring and fun-loving person. In fact, she would be honored if her many friends would toast her memory with a cold, refreshing mojito.
Jessie also served as a Democratic committee person, dedicating many hours volunteering her time and enthusiasm. Shortly before her diagnosis, she was appointed to the Lancaster City Human Relations Commission.
Relatives and friends are invited to a Life Celebration Memorial Service at 5:30 p.m. Thursday from Geschwindt-Stabingas Funeral Home Inc., 25 E. Main St., Schuylkill Haven. Friends may gather at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent in Jessie's name to The Carter Center, 453 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30307 or Hospice of Lancaster County, 685 Good Drive, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.
Published by Republican & Herald on Aug. 11, 2008.