Jan Lynch, of Evansville, Indiana, had a knack for living life without limits and a taste for adventure — pushing her so far that she dangled her feet off the edge of a 5,000-foot Grand Canyon cliff simply to “see what it felt like to feel that fear,” according to her obituary.
As a testament to the 75-year-old Boston native who passed away on Oct. 18, the family of Lynch penned an obituary encapsulating every facet of her personality, from her love of the New England Patriots to her “selflessness beyond reproach.”
She graduated from the University of Evansville with magna cum laude honors, all while working several jobs and raising four sons — “one of whom turned out OK” — as a single mother in the 1970s, her obituary said.
One of her sons, Greg Patterson, told The Courier Press that while life for his mother wasn’t particularly “easy,” she always pushed through with a “laugh and a smile.”
“We were the family that always went right past the ‘Do Not Enter’ sign,” he told the paper. “She wanted us to see and experience things that most people don’t. She wasn’t afraid to let us find our own way.”
While Lynch decided against a funeral service, the family encouraged well-wishers to write a farewell message on a Budweiser can — her beverage of choice — and “drink it in her honor.”
“And remember to live life to the fullest and laugh, laugh, and then laugh some more,” her obituary said.
Read the entirety of Lynch’s obituary, shared in full by Woodlawn Cremations, below:
Jan Lois Lynch of Evansville, Indiana, and native of Boston, Massachusetts, passed away on October 18, 2018. Her sudden and untimely death came as quite a shock as she was only diagnosed with advanced COPD, advanced emphysema, advanced heart disease, cystic fibrosis, chronic bronchitis, stroke, extreme stubbornness, restless leg syndrome, and arm chair quarterback.
Jan is survived by her four loving sons, Jeff (Missy) Patterson, Greg (Billie) Patterson, Jake (Emily) Lomax, and Luke (Mabel) Lomax and eight grandchildren whom she loved more than anything else in the world…except the New England Patriots, the Boston Red Sox, Tom Brady, cold Budweiser, room temperature Budweiser, cigarettes, dogs, mopeds, clam chowder, boating, fishing, Florida, the Atlantic Ocean, grouper sandwiches, adventures, road trips, the beach, Sunday Night Football, Monday Night Football, fall foliage, airplane food, ingrown toenails, the OJ chase, and the OJ trial – in that exact order.
Jan graduated from the University of Evansville with a degree in English Literature achieving magna cum laude honors, while working 2-3 jobs and raising her four sons – one of whom turned out OK. It’s still unclear who her favorite son was, thus the final ruling must be litigated in family court…or at a bar.
Jan will be missed dearly by all who knew her. She was an incredible woman. She had an unparalleled zest for life and an infectious laugh that thankfully was passed down to her sons and their children. From standing on a bridge in the middle of a hurricane, to jumping off the highest cliffs at Rough River, to dangling her feet over a 5,000 foot cliff at the edge of the Grand Canyon so she could “see what it felt like to feel that fear,” she taught us that all the really good things in life are beyond the “Do Not Enter” signs. She always put her children first – her selflessness was beyond reproach. She will live on in our hearts, minds, thoughts, prayers, and laughs forever.
Following her wishes, there will not be a funeral service. However, well-wishers are encouraged to write a note of farewell on a Budweiser can and drink it in her honor. And remember to live life to the fullest and laugh, laugh, and then laugh some more.
The family would like to express a special and sincere thanks to Teresa, Dana, and Ashley with Deaconess VNA Home Care and Hospice for their passion, dedication, and patience.