Jan Lois Lynch is someone I wish we had all gotten to know. Unfortunately, she passed away earlier this month at 75 years old in Evansville, Indiana, just across the river from Henderson, Kentucky, where she lived most of her life.
Evansville’s newspaper, The Evansville Courier & Press, shared her obituary after her passing, and it has since gotten some attention online because it is awesome, just as I assume she was awesome throughout her entire life. Take one glance at her obituary and you can tell she was a fun-loving person. For instance, the second paragraph of her obituary reads:
Jan is survived by her four loving sons, Jeff (Missy) Patterson, Greg (Billie) Patterson, Jake (Emily) Lomax, and Luke (Mabel) Lomax and eight grandchildren whom she loved more than anything else in the world…except the New England Patriots, the Boston Red Sox, Tom Brady, cold Budweiser, room temperature Budweiser, cigarettes, dogs, mopeds, clam chowder, boating, fishing, Florida, the Atlantic Ocean, grouper sandwiches, adventures, road trips, the beach, Sunday Night Football, Monday Night Football, fall foliage, airplane food, ingrown toenails, the OJ chase, and the OJ trial – in that exact order.
There are several other gems in her remembrance of life, like, “raising her four sons… one of whom turned out OK,” and being diagnosed with “restless leg syndrome and arm chair quarterback.”
I especially love the ending, in which, instead of a funeral service, “well-wishers are encouraged to write a note of farewell on a Budweiser can and drink it in her honor.”
She asked everyone to remember to live life to the fullest and laugh, laugh, and then laugh some more, which is exactly what you’ll do if you read about her life: