By Margot Early
Jessica McFarland is deeply mourned in Silverton, both by those who have known her all her life and by newcomers.
Silverton miner Johnny Gillon expressed what he believes many would echo.
“Jessica was a beautiful and vivacious person,” Gillon said. “She was so lovely and kind, and her light was so bright that its extinguishment only accentuates the tragedy of her passing.”
James Earl Schertz, who knew her since childhood, told the Durango Herald she was “a great parent. And she was mom for everybody. ... She would give you the shirt off her back, and ask nothing in return.”
Lifelong friend Kendra Gurule of Silverton says that generosity was the essence of Jessica. “She was like a mother to me when I was younger. She taught me to do my make-up and my hair.”
Darlene Watson of Silverton Grocery also knew Jessica most of her life.
“I think she was a lovely person,” Watson said. “I liked that she always smiled.”
Krissy Rhoades of Hardrock Restaurant, remembers, “When I think about Jessica, I think about her in high school and how fun and alive she always was.
“We were on the volleyball team together, and volleyball practice was always fun with Jessica. She was a beautiful person. She was always there for you if you ever needed her.”
With visible emotion, she adds, “and she loved those boys more than anything. They were her life.”
How you can help:
-- An online fundraiser to cover funeral costs for Jessica McFarland has been set up at www.gofundme.com/a32s38.
-- A fundraiser dinner for the family will be held at the Bent Elbow on Thursday, June 19, 5-7:30 p.m.