Jill Dianne Oakes, 47, of Meadville went to be with the Lord Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, surrounded by her family at her parents’ home in Cochranton following a six-month battle with cancer.
She was born in Grove City on Feb. 26, 1966, a daughter of James F. and Beverly Wright Patterson.
She was a 1984 graduate of Cochranton High School and received an associate degree in business from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She worked in the Meadville office of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare and previously had worked as a travel agent in Erie. She was a member of Cochranton Community Church and enjoyed riding her Harley Davidson motorcycle, traveling, walking with friends at work on their lunch hour, working out and spending time with her grandson.
In addition to her parents, Jim and Beverly Patterson of Cochranton, she is survived by her fiancé, Russell Custard of Meadville; two daughters, Alexa Oakes of Meadville and Lauryl Oakes of Guys Mills; a grandson, Aveon Jenkins; two sisters, Jamie Hovis and her husband, Steve, of Guys Mills and Jenni Tupy and her husband, Dave, of Midlothian, Texas; two nephews, Matt Hovis and his wife, Misty, of Cambridge Springs and Kyle Hovis and his wife, Stephanie, of Cambridge Springs; three nieces, Jessica Francis and her husband, Benji, of Paia, Hawaii, Victoria Tupy and Abby Tupy, both of Midlothian, Texas; her maternal grandmother, Betty Wright of Meadville; and several great nieces and great nephews.
The memorial service will be held at a date and time to be announced.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Crawford County, 464 Pine St., Meadville, Pa. 16335.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Robert W. Waid Funeral Home Inc., 581 Chestnut St., Meadville.
Memories and condolences may be shared at waidfuneralhome.net.