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Jessica Theresa White

November 26, 1949 — February 1, 2018

CARBONDALE – Jessica Theresa White, 68, originally from New York passed away at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at Carbondale Memorial Hospital with her family at her side.

Jessica was born on November 26, 1949 to Thomas John and Martha Erma (Tarbox) White in Flushing, New York. She grew up in New Jersey and demonstrated an affinity for music at an early age studying percussion in Newton High School which led to a Bachelor of Music from Juilliard School of Music. Music was a life-long passion for Jessica, as was flying and motorcycle riding on her Harley Davidson and taking care of her two beloved cat babies Biscuit and Star. Anyone who was lucky enough to have known her agrees that she was unique, one-of-a-kind individual, and loved by many. Jessica enjoyed science fiction movies and books such as epic high fantasy novels: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King. As J.R.R. Tolkien from The Lord of the Rings said “Home is behind, the world ahead, and there are many paths to tread through shadows to the edge of night, until the stars are all alight.” Jessica definitely made this world brighter by sharing her artistic talents with the world and the people she touched. She lived with no regrets, and as one of her favorite main characters from Lord of the Rings Gandolf the Wizard would say, “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” Jessica used her life-time productively acquiring many skills in addition to nurturing her musical talents she became a very astute problem solver demonstrating advanced mathematical ability in being able to design computer programs for the pharmaceutical industry. She worked for Merck Pharmaceutical in New Jersey until her retirement.

Jessica is survived by her brother Gregory (Patti Hendricks) White, a nephew Eric White, and many dear friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

A public visitation for Jessica will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at Meredith Funeral Home, Carbondale. Grave-site interment service will take place on Friday, February 9, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. in Pleasant Grove Memorial Park, Murphysboro.

Jessica loved animals, therefore the preferred form of remembrance in her honor is memorial donations to St. Francis Care Animal Shelter in Murphysboro and will be accepted at the funeral home and at the grave site.

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

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