One of the most beautiful tributes for Jennifer came from Ursula Maxwell-Lewis, the founder of the Cloverdale Reporter who turned the reins over to Jen in 2009.
Ursula penned this wonderful piece in her memory in October 2017.
Jen’s successor, Sam Anderson, barely met Jen, but encountered enough Cloverdalians talking about her that she wrote about Jen’s obvious impact on the community in her introductory column in 2016.
So many people said beautiful things on Jen’s Facebook page after her passing. Feel free to add your thoughts there – her family and friends will see them – and/or post in the comments area below.
Ursula Maxwell-Lewis with Jen at the ‘Clovies’ awards in Cloverdale.
Selected comments from Facebook
So impossible to comprehend that such a young beautiful person is gone. Jennifer had this incredible knack for making people feel special. She always made me feel she was really listening and truly cared about what I had to say. Her presence, her bright beautiful smile, easy laugh, love of food and beer, just made you want to be around her. We all owe it to Jennifer to smile brightly, listen closely with our hearts as she did for so many to us. Jeff Nagel, I so admired your partnership. My heart is with you. – Monique Tamminga
I was one of the lucky people who got to call Jen a friend. Jen was always generous with her smile, her point of view and her ability to listen. She always had the most interesting things to say and I enjoyed every conversation with her. We shared so many good times together at my home, in White Rock, in Whistler, up on Mount Baldy or in Maui. We also comforted each other during the tough moments and her shoulders were always broad enough for me to lean my troubles on. Jen has left a very big hole in my heart.
But I do not believe that I will not see her again. I think that it may be in the eyes of a child, in the spirit of a wild horse or in the gracefulness of a hummingbird flying around a flower. And I will look for her in the beauty of nature that she loved so. You will be always be missed, Jen. Love you. – Tina Menchions
She was a beautiful woman and it was such a pleasure to have called her my friend. She was a joy to work with at both the Terrace Times and Terrace Standard. She spent her first thanksgiving in Terrace at our house. With a smile on her face and a witty comeback, she was a joy to work with. – Sandra Stefanik
Jen, your spirit burns bright. Jeff, your love was beautiful. This death feels impossible.
– Betsy Trumpener
So sorry to hear this Jeff. Jennifer was a wonderful person. She always got the community part of community newspapers–I remember reading all her great work in Terrace long before I met her. – Bhreandáin Clugston
Jen was such a gifted storyteller and I was often in awe at her ability to weave the essence of people into her stories. Her dedication as a journalist and her connectedness to community will stay with me always. – Sarah Zimmerman
Jennifer Lang was such an important part of our Cloverdale community. – Cloverdale Neighbour Network
One of the loveliest people I’ve had the privilege to know. – Brenda Anderson
After the paper was “up” and we were finished for the day, sometimes we’d talk for hours. I never went home on time. We’d share philosophies, our love of travel, Belgian beer and some of her favorite places to chill. She loved you Jeff, so much. If there’s anything I know about Jenn, is how much respect and love she had for you. – Marla Poirier
Jen was so kind, gentle, smart and funny. My daughters loved her and are so saddened to lose her. She was always interested in their lives, even in these past months. I remember many good times in Terrace, and later visits to White Rock, where we were always welcome as a family. Jen was a young and beautiful spirit, and she will forever remain that way in my heart. – Dina von Hahn
She was a great community minded reporter who went the extra mile. She helped define conversation and policy. Her positive impact will be missed. She will be missed. – Barinder Rasode
I admired Jennifer’s generous spirit and gracious treatment of all she met. – Kurt Langmann
She was such an integral part of the community and much loved and respected. – Dianne Watts
Jennifer was a kind hearted, wonderful, real person through and through. She will be greatly missed. So very very sorry for the loss of such a beautiful soul. – Lisa Peach