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Jessica Christine Wade
February 7, 1989 - September 7, 2022
Jessica was born at home in Sandy, Utah with her siblings, Tiffany, Shelly, Kenny, Katie and Julie in attendance--all of us welcomed her with an abundance of love. A few minutes after Jessica was born, as David and I were looking at her, we thought she reminded us of a character we’d seen in a movie called “The Man from Snowy River”. This character, “Jessica” was sassy, strong willed, determined and known for her great love of horses. Jessica held many of those same traits and a deep love of horses, as well as dogs and cats. The name “Jessica” also means “to behold,” “God beholds,” or “to see before.”
We moved from Utah to Boise, Idaho in 1998. Jessica attended Cecil D Andres Elementary School, Lowell Scott Middle School, and Meridian Medical Arts Charter High School for her first two years, then decided to go to Centenial High school with Julie for Julie’s Senior year. Jessica decided to complete her Junior and Senior year in one year so that she could graduate with her sister, Julie one year early and walk with the class of 2006. Jessica graduated from BSU with an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice. Some of her favorite TV shows were CSI, Criminal Minds and Law and Order. She had a great mind for deductive reasoning, critical thinking and problem solving.
Jessica attended several summers at Muscular Dystrophy’s weeklong summer camp, developing close long-lasting relationships with many of the volunteers.
Jessica had a deep love for her family. She enjoyed weekly Wednesday “girls’ night” with her sisters, Tiffany, Shelly, Katie, her mom and a few close friends, Kellie Cooksley Sala, Annie Hezeltine Schwab and Brooke Peterson. She was most happy when she was surrounded by her family and close friends.
The past few months Jessica loved to get out and go to the Dog Parks with her mom and dad. She found great joy and delight in all the dog kisses and love she received from all the doggies! Jessica loved dogs, especially huskies.
Jessica inspired so many by her example of living life to its fullest and with the best attitude imaginable. She was amazing!
Julie Anne Wade
April 14, 1988 – March 24, 2021
Julie was born at home on a bright sunny spring day! The birds were singing and the flowers blooming upon Julie’s arrival! We took one look at Julie and knew what her name was to be.
“Julie” is a popular French first name which is originally derived from the Latin Julia that could mean youthful, soft-haired, gorgeous, or vivacious. “Julie” means that you're honest, brilliant, and have high inspirations. “Julie” is creative and outgoing. “Julie” loves being an exceptional friend to someone who makes her happy and comfortable. Our Julie was born into this world with these characteristics.
Those who were friends with Julie loved her. Her tender, sweet, kind personality put everyone at ease. Julie was a delightful child.
Julie also attended several summers at Muscular Dystrophy’s weeklong summer camp and developed close long-lasting relationships with many of the volunteers.
Julie attended Cecil D. Andrus Elementary School, Lowell Scott Middle School, and Centennial High School her first year, then transferred to the Meridian Medical Arts Charter High School for Sophomore and Junior years, then decided to go back to Centenial High school for her Senior year, graduating with the class of 2006. Julie attended BSU for 4 years and was just 2 classes short of completing her Bachelor’s degree. The last semester she attended became too difficult to complete. She would have loved to complete it and I told her she did in her heart !
Julie was very social and loved making new friends. The friends she made were friends for life! Julie was kind and caring and full of positive comments for all. She became very sick in 2012 and we almost lost her then. She spent 42 days in the hospital and told us that she would make a comeback, which she obviously did. She said the experience changed her for the better. She created a “word of the day” on Facebook and “song of the day” which brought many people from all over the world to her page. She attracted people who appreciated her messages and inspired many through her example of strength and determination and remained positive through the slow degeneration that she so courageously walked through.
Our Irish Twins
Both Julie and Jessica enjoyed riding the Access bus downtown Boise visiting all the places that interested them. They often met friends and family for dinner downtown.
They enjoyed watching TV shows and movies with the family. They also bought Zoo passes and spent many days cruising in their wheelchairs on the greenbelt in downtown Boise after a few hours at the zoo. Many people recognized them and made mention to me that they’d seen them!
They were what I call “my Irish twins”! That is the way Julie and Jessica decided they’d come into this world, nine months three weeks apart in age. one year separated in school (until they graduated high school together in June of 2006). Jessica chose to live at home her first year of college while Julie moved into the dorms at BSU. That was the first and only time they lived apart. The second year of school Jessica moved with Julie into student housing on campus at BSU. After college life, they moved into an apartment where they continued to live together until their passing. Twin Souls at heart, Soul Mates it seems. They were pretty much inseparable their whole life!
They were such an inspiration to all that they met in life and brought love and happiness to our family and friends. It was such an honor to have them both in our family. They are missed but never forgotten.
In lieu of flowers may we suggest donation to Make A Wish Foundation, Simply Cats Boise, Idaho, or MDA summer camp or the charity of your choice.
Meagan Stoveken: Officiant & Dear Friend
Hospice Nursing Team: Cheri Hubbs, Brooke Peterson, Aisha VanZant
2833 S Victory View Way, Boise ID 83709
Make A Wish Foundation
MDA Summer Camp