Jennifer Lynn Leigh, 37, of Sioux Falls, SD, formerly of Clarkfield, passed away on Monday, April 1, 2013 at the Doughterty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, surrounded by family and friends.
Funeral Services will be held on Friday, April 5 at 1:30 p.m. at Clarkfield Lutheran Church, officiated by Pastor Gwen Boike. Burial will be at Clarkfield City Cemetery, in Clarkfield. Visitation will be held on Friday, from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. at the church, 1 1/2 hrs. prior to the service.
Jennifer Lynn Leigh was born in Fairmont, on November 4, 1975 to Scott and Trudy (Cornelius) Shaw. She has a loving younger brother, Nicholas. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. Jen grew up in Clarkfield. At the age of 15 1/2 Jen and her family moved to Rochester, where she graduated from Mayo High School. She graduated from South Dakota State University with a bachelor degree in biology and a minor in chemistry. She taught chemistry at O'Gorman Catholic High School in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Jen married Brent Anderson July 20, 2002 and lost him 3 years later to heart transplant complications. She married her husband Jason in Alaska on June 3, 2008. Jen had the privilege of being mom to her foster son, Jerell.
Through the grace of God, Jen found her purpose in life, teaching her kids. Her mission was to make science fun so that each and every student she taught would be able to understand the world of science. The lake was her ‘peace place.’ A place where family and friends could be together. She loved to spend time with her nieces Brynn and Eve, turning on her tunes so they could dance, with the favorite song being “We Are Family.”
She is survived by her husband, Jason, Sioux Falls, SD; mom and dad, Scott and Trudy Shaw of Rochester; brother Nick Shaw, wife Gwen and nieces Brynn and Eve of St. Rosa; grandparents Bonnie Shaw and Allen Cornelius both from Clarkfield; godmother Maribeth McMullen, Port Richie, Florida; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends.
She was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents Ramona Cornelius and Dean Shaw, uncle Mike Shaw, cousins Amy Long and Joey Cornelius and Brent Anderson.
Arrangements by Lynner Funeral Home of Clarkfield. jhlynner.com