Be open to your dreams, people. Embrace that distant shore. Because our mortal journey is over all too soon.David Assael
This memorial website was created to remember my beloved son, Jeffrey James Ford who was born in Wheaton, IL on June 30, 1987 and passed away on September 5, 2006. You will live forever in our memories and hearts.
Jeffrey returned to his Heavenly Home Tuesday, September 5, 2006. As his family and friends, we do not understand why, but we do know that God needed my Jeffy to add another bright light to His Kingdom. He was only 2 years old when he moved to Oklahoma. He attended elementary school in Tulsa, high school in Bristow and Mannford, Oklahoma. Jeff was a very popular student, a football player and a wrestler ~ state champion in 2002.
Jeff dedicated his life to Jesus Christ in 2001 at the Bristow Christian Center. Work was no stranger to Jeff. He was only 14 years old when he started his first job at Ugly John's Boat Marina at Keystone Lake. Later he was employed by Asplund Tree Company for aproximately 2 years. Most recently, Jeff put his welding skills to work at Hammco in Owasso, OKlahoma. Jeff was proud of his accomplishments, he was a dedicated and loyal employee. He was also very proud of his pickup truck that was finally paid for.
Jeff would light up any room. His smile was infectious. His family and friends treasured his sweetness, his humor and his thoughtfulness. He was a wonderful son and a good friend. Jeff had many friends, too many to mention, but I would like to give special mention to his special friends, Ashley, Janell, Rex, Nate and Justin.
Jeff will be deeply missed and forever remembered. There is comfort in the loss of Jeff to know that someday we will all gather and be reunited with him in Heaven.
I miss you baby!
I would like to share this poem ~ it brings much comfort to me:
If Tomorrow Starts Without Me…
“If tomorrow starts without me, and I’m not there to see, if the sun
should rise and find your eyes all filled with tears for me;
I wish so much you wouldn’t cry the way you did today, while
thinking of the many things we didn’t get to say.
I know how much you love me, as much as I love you, and each time
that you think of me, I know you’ll miss me too.
But when tomorrow starts without me, please try to understand, that
an angel came and called my name, and took me by the hand.
she said my place was ready, in heaven far above, and that I’d have
to leave behind all of those I dearly love.
But as I turned to walk away, a tear fell from my eye, for all my life,
I’d always thought, I didn’t want to die.
I had so much to live for, so much left yet to do, it seemed almost
impossible that I was leaving you.
I thought of all the yesterdays, the good ones and the bad; I thought of
all that we have shared, and all the fun we’ve had.
If I could relive yesterday, just even for awhile, I’d say goodbye and
kiss you and maybe see you smile.
Then I walked through Heaven’s Gates, and I felt so much at home,
as God looked down and smiled at me, from His great golden throne,
He said, “This is eternity, and all I’ve promised you.”Today you
life on earth is past, but here life starts anew.
But you have been forgiven, and now at least you’re free.So won’t
you come and take my hand, and share my life with me?
So when tomorrow starts without me, don’t think we’re far apart, for
every time you think of me, I’m right here in you heart.”
Jeff was one of the sweetest 19 year olds I have ever met. He loved his mother so much. She was his best friend and they shared so many things in life. He knew he could count on her for anything - she would always be there as a friend and as a mother, with words of understanding and advice. Jeff had a way of getting to your heart immediately - as noted by the many girls who fell for him! He could wrap you around his little finger in a heartbeat! Jeff was personable, humorous and just plain fun to be around. I am so blessed to have known him for the time that I did and I am honored that he thought so much of me for being his mom's best friend. He was a joy on earth and I know he is a joy in Heaven. The song at his service was, "Please Remember Me." We will always remember you - we will never forget you.
September 5, 2012
Hey Sweet Girl, Thinking of you as always but especially today. What a blessing you are in all of our lives, Melinda. You have set an amazing example over the years for me on being a Mom...an Awesome Mom. Your unconditional love, courage and dedication for your children is admirable.Love and Prayers, Bren
July 1, 2012
Hi Melinda,I so enjoyed this video,I lost my nephew in 2007 to drugs and alchol at the age of 34,this brought back so many memories,this is just awesome and every word so true,he was my mom's only grandson,and then my dad died in 2008.We know they are both in heaven and I also hope these young boys are having a blast with Jesus.Thoughts and prayers for you on this special day,what a great mom and now the storm you are going through with McKenzie,God only knows the plan. Best wishes to you my friend. Love Cindy
June 30, 2012
Thinking of you today as always. Sending all my love and lifting you up in prayer. I love you, Okie Girls XXOO
Merry Christmas Eve
December 24, 2010
Thinking of you Sweet Girl, Another Christmas Eve we share together personally and spiritually. One day we will be reunited in Heaven with our children and meet Our Savior..Jesus Christ on His Birthday. What an awesome Celebration Jeff and Wendy are witnessing. I love you Melinda forever and a day, Bren XXOO
September 5, 2010
I'm lifting you up in prayer, my precious friend. Today being Jeffy's 4TH Angelversary, always know you are both loved and hold a special place in my heart. Love, Bren