Jessica L. Johnson was a special daughter‚ sister‚ friend‚ and comrade. She was strong in body and mind and spirit. She loved her family and friends and they loved her and always will. She was an American girl with attributes of kindness‚ compassion‚ athleticism‚ dependability‚ fortitude‚ loyalty‚ zeal‚ humor‚ tenderness and thoughtfulness.
She was raised in the country and developed a love for nature and animals. She enjoyed many activities‚ camping‚ fishing‚ water skiing‚ boating‚ hiking‚ swimming‚ and running. She loved life and its challenges. She lived each day to its fullest.
In just 19 years she accomplished more than many adults. At the time of her death Jessica was an employee of the U.S. Forest Service. She was a junior at Central Washington University majoring in Food Science and Nutrition.
In 1999 until the time of her death she volunteered as a firefighter for West Valley Fire District of Yakima County. She worked for the department of Natural Resources as a Firefighter during the summer of 2000. Jessica loved being a Firefighter; it meant everything to her to help other people. She had set many goals for her young life and she was true to herself.
Her unselfish dedication to serving others‚ never asking for anything in return‚ but always willing to give‚ makes us proud to honor her as our daughter. The grief and the loss felt by her family and friends are beyond words.
Jessica was the sunshine of her family’s life for 20 years. That love will remain in our hearts as long as we shall live. We will cherish her memory forever and we will never forget.