My dear niece, Jessica Erin Toal, died suddenly on 8/27/10.

She was cremated on 8/30/10, and our family has set up a fund to help with the costs of that, as well as help pay her final bills (rent, utilities, etc.), and any money left over will be used to establish a modest trust for the 8 year old son she leaves behind.

We would also hope to have enough to endow a text book scholarship for the student who graduates each year at the top of the class in the paramedic program from which Jessica just graduated on 7/14/10.

Here is a link to the ChipIn site where you can contribute through Pay Pal. Please know that any amount, even $1, or $5, or $10, will be gratefully accepted, that dollars add up, and every one helps.

Here is also a graphic made for a pin to be given to family and friends at her memorial service in Rolla, Missouri, on Saturday, 9/11/10.

If you wish more details, please send a “comment,” and I will send a reply.

Her family would be most grateful if you would share this far and wide.

Thank you for your kindness in our deep grief. 

Please click on the music link, below, to hear one of the hymns that we will play at her memorial service.This is arranged by guitarist John Fahey.

.10 – In Christ There Is No East Or West

Her grandmother is going to read the following sonnet, as well.


Mindful of you the sodden earth in spring,
And all the flowers that in the springtime grow,
And dusty roads, and thistles, and the slow
Rising of the round moon, all throats that sing
The summer through, and each departing wing,
And all the nests that the bared branches show,
And all winds that in any weather blow,
And all the storms that the four seasons bring.

You go no more on your exultant feet
Up paths that only mist and morning knew,
Or watch the wind, or listen to the beat
Of a bird’s wings too high in air to view, —
But you were something more than young and sweet
And fair, — and the long year remembers you.

Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892 – 1950), U.S. Poet

*A new birth or life; a rebirth.