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Jillian Ruth Louise (Buckley) Ingram
April 15, 1954 ~ November 29, 2023 (age 69) 69 Years Old
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Jillian Ruth Louise Ingram (Kathleen Ruth Buckley Bordo)
Jillian passed away peacefully at home on November 29, 2023. A strongly independent and free spirit, Jillian lived life on her own terms. She loved and surrounded herself with animals, friends and laughter. Jillian is now reunited with her beloved Bichon Frise Miriam Leah AKA Mimi the Wonder Bichon.
Jillian displayed enormous courage and tenacity for the last decade as she faced numerous serious health challenges. She not only learned to adapt in so many ways while living on her own and managing these difficult circumstances, she thrived and continued to have unmatched zest for life and for her friends and family until her final breaths.
Jillian lived in many cities across the United States but she was always a Canadian country girl at heart. She piloted many long car trips home with her children in their youth so that they could learn about and appreciate Canada the way she did and all proud Canadians do.
Jillian studied at several Universities in both Canada and the United States, graduating with a Masters of Arts in Psychology. She had the opportunity to work with therapy animals for children and senior citizens and she cared passionately about animal rescue.
Above all, Jillian loved people and was a natural healer. She had the ability to illuminate any space she walked into. Being highly visible, she could not go anywhere without drawing the attention of others; her magnetism and warmth drew any and all to her. Her honesty, her easy smile, her embrace, her beautiful eyes, her words of encouragement, virtues, principles, and tough love impacted all of us and continue to comfort us as we begin to understand what life is like without someone as incredible as her in physical form.
Jillian leaves her much-loved children Jenny and Matt and her sister Carol, brother-in-law Dave and nephews Douglas and Scott, and other relatives Tanis, Chris (Candace) and Mark, John Vines, Erika (Kevin) and Alison, Doug Sinclair (Elaine), Ian (Cathy) and Glen (Brenda) Aikenhead and Helen Loubardeas. Jillian also leaves her honorary grandchildren Aditya, Anonya and Journy. She leaves many dear friends and her beloved cats Belle Star and One Eyed Jack Lovey. Her family is humbled and beyond grateful for the dedicated expertise and compassionate care of Drs. J. Lebowitz and J. Weiner as well as the nurses and carers at Princeton Home Health and Comfort Keepers.
In memory of Jillian, donations to Animals in Distress, 720 Edinburg Rd., Hamilton, NJ or the animal charity of your choice would be appreciated. Please visit Jillian's tribute page at www.brennacellinifuneralhomes.com