Jessie Linnell

Jessie packed so much life into the short time that she had.

Jessie Dee Linnell, age 29, of Vashon Island, WA, passed away on June 27, 2019, at Highline Hospital of Seattle. Jessie Dee Linnell was born May, 15, 1990 in Anchorage, AK. Daughter of Kevin Linnell and Christie Linnell (Leber). Her family moved to Vashon Island when she was four, and the island was her home for the rest of her life.

Jessie packed so much life into the short time that she had. She was an entrepreneur, dancer, and philanthropist. She had three businesses by nine years old; selling eggs, seedlings, and logs. She regularly donated her time to Chicken Soup Brigade, Kiwanis, and started a blood drive at the high school that still happens today. Her final act in this world was to give someone the gift of sight.

She loved to dance and practiced ballet, tap and flamenco at the Vashon Dance Academy for 13 years.

She was Vice President of the student body her junior and senior years, and graduated from Vashon High School, with honors, in 2008.

She graduated from PIMA medical institute in 2009, and worked as a medical assistant for Swedish for seven years, with glowing reviews and loving cards from patients as a testament to her compassion and work ethic.

Her hobbies were as eclectic as she was. She loved Calvin and Hobbes and Tolkien. She listened to Taylor Swift and James Taylor. She loved to drive around the island in her old blue truck, or curl up inside and watch Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with her nephews

Jessie was a beautiful woman and a beautiful soul. Jessie had a kind word and a dazzling smile for everyone. Every person that crossed her path was a friend; she could see the good in anyone, and she made sure that they knew she cared. She was fiercely loyal to friends and family; if she knew you were having a rough time, she wouldn’t wait for you to feel better. She would climb down into the muck and hold your head above. She never gave up on anyone, ever.

We never gave up on her. We never stopped trying. We never stopped praying. Jessie lost her battle on June 27, 2019, less than a month after her 29th birthday. She leaves her parents, Kevin Linnell and Christie Leber, sisters Anna Sweezey and Laura Hale, nephews Alex and Ryan Laskey, cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and countless friends missing her smile and grateful for the time we had.

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