Someone told me today that we wait for her in sorrow, while she waits for us in joy.
She lived her life of 15 years as a person on a mission to laugh and love.
Jo Jo has a profound sense of right and wrong.
She hated bullies and would often scold them in public.
Jo Jo loves Christmas and not because she got presents but because she could give them.
Every year she loves to work at the Toys for Tots (T4T) warehouse and the Marine Corps League T4T fund raiser.
She would get to be Santa for a child that needed help.
If you want to be like Jo Jo you may donate a toy in her name.
Please take it to your local Spokane Valley Fire Station.
You may leave a note for Jo Jo or the family.
Jo Jo loves her family.
She is very close to her youngest sister, Jessica.
They would play soccer for hours in the back yard or in the driveway.
They picked at each other in a way that only close sisters can do.
Jo Jo’s oldest sister, Julia, and she were often confused to be twins.
This is a little bit funny because Jo Jo is taller than Julia.
They did everything together.
Coffee after school, shopping at the mall, they even played on the same soccer team the past few years.
Jo Jo also loves her grandparents, Bob and Suzanne Lonn.
They dyed Easter eggs together and would hide them in the yard for each other, making pancakes in the morning, baking cookies in the afternoon, and they loved to play games together.
Her Uncle Dallas was very close to her as well.
He let her ride his horse and even tried to take her to a Maroon Five concert; it was cancelled because of weather.
Jo Jo is everything to her mother, Kristin, and father, Rick.
They would not always see eye to eye, but Jo Jo was quick to make up.
Jo Jo is an amazing child.
She never got in trouble at school.
Well, there was that one time when she had to see the counselor because she used a spelling word in a sentence, long story.
She has a lot of good friends, including McKenzie Mott.
They met playing soccer and grew very close over the last two years.
There are many other family members and friends that were an active part of her life.
One of Jo Jo’s favorite quotes was from Winnie-the-Pooh - “Can’t we go back to page one and do it all over again?”
She chose that as the message to her big sister, Julia, when she graduated from high school.
I speak for the whole family when I say that we would all go back and do it again even though we know how it ends here on Earth.
A celebration of Jo Jo’s life will be held Friday, October 11th, at 1:00 pm at Valley Fourth Memorial Church, 2303 S. Bowdish Rd, Spokane Valley, WA.
Memorials may be given at any CHASE BANK to a bereavement account that has been set up in Josie Freier’s name.
Please take time to visit www.hazenjaegervalley.com to share your thoughts and memories with our family.