Loving Tribute To @JessieJaney’s Mum, Jane
“Nanny Jessie” is what @JessieJaney used to call herself on twitter because not only was she a generous kind hearted woman, she was also every anipals nanny. No pal had to feel lonely or unloved when @JessieJaney was online. Jessie was Jane’s loved cat and Jane was the voice behind @JessieJaney.Today we embrace Jane’s spirit and pay tribute to someone we dearly loved and although greatly missed, she will never be forgotten as she lives on in our hearts.
Jane and Jessie were some of our most loved anipals.We had an idea Jane was unwell, but we did not realise the extent of her illness and because Jane was not a complainer, we did not know her time with us was about to be cut short. She always kept a cheery smile and a pitch-in-and-help attitude.
Jane had over 1,200 photos on her twitter page and over 900 of those pictures are pics she posted for other pals. She delighted in making other pals smile so she generously took time to give to others what she felt they needed, to feel happy in themselves. She spent hours making beautiful themed pictures and loved surprising her dear friends with them, revealing them as the star of her picture.
Pepi was fortunate to win a couple of prizes which Jane had donated to#Nipclub, while he was Barktending. Both prizes were very Australian and I still use both of them to this day. The first prize was a zip purse with aboriginal drawings on it , which I carry coins in, in my handbag, and the second prize is a drawer sachet of Forest Blossoms, which is just beautiful. It lives in my ‘unmentionables’ drawer. (LOL)
Each time Pepi won his prizes Jane was online with us at #Nipclub. Jane selected her gifts from the heart and because she loved Australia, and wanted to share a little of Australia with everyone she met. She was a great Ambassador for Australia, with her dry wit and cheeky sense of humour.
Pepi was Barketending at #Nipclub when he won the drawer scent and he screamed in excitement and thanked @JessieJaney very much and told her that ‘She’ (me, Michele), would love it. Jane wasn’t online for long, but we didn’t think anything was wrong as pals come and go all the time, at twitter parties. It was December, close to Christmas and everyone had a lot of “stuff” going on.
A few days before Christmas, Pepi and I received a Christmas card from Jane and her kitteh Jessie and it once again reminded me that she was still off line. No one knew what was happening. Christmas Day came and went and a number of us noticed @JessieJaney still hadn’t been online.
By now a few of Jane’s closest twitter pals were worrying and had begun trying to find her. When they sent a letter to her home address and still had no reply and no contact from her, they went into overdrive to find her.
New Years Eve arrived and as usual many anipals were set to bring in the New year on line, on twitter. Because of oour time zone, Australia’s New Years celebration is one of the earliest so many pals were on twitter ready to celebrate from country to country as the celebrations swept the globe. It was about 11.45pm, Australian time.
All of a sudden we saw tweets from Jane’s closest pals crying. The news had just broken. Jane had died. She died around Christmas time. We were all in deep and shock and crying tears from our heart. No-one saw this coming. We were all horrified! Remember: it was currently New Years Eve and Jane had died at Christmas and no-one knew. When Pepi thanked @JessieJaney for her prize at #Nipclub, I didn’t know it would be the last time I’d ever see her or speak with her.
I remembered her Christmas card arriving and broke down and wept. I calculated that Jane sent the card the day before she died. There was no opportunity to say thank you. Or to tell her that I loved her as a friend and how much she meant to me. I wept for her closest pals who were inconsolable with grief. They worried if Jane knew how much they loved her. I know she did. I’d see her tweeting with her closest pals and it was obvious that she loved them and they loved her just as much.
Following the tragic news, Aussie pals immediately offered to take in Jessie, Jane’s beloved cat. There was no way pals would allow Jessie to end up in a shelter. For a few tense weeks pals were unsure where Jessie was but eventually , to their credit, they tracked Jessie down and found she was with family members from Jane’s family.
It was some time before we learned Jane died in hospital, surrounded by immediate family. Her passing was swift. We know that she loved us, especially a few pals who were her closest friends. You know who you are. You went above and beyond to find Jane, to find her kitteh and to home her kitteh. For her closest international friends, you also went above and beyond to do all you could to help and support the pals trying to locate Jane and Jessie in Australia.
Every day I’m fortunate to see a little of Jane. When I open my drawer, her drawer scent is the first thing I see and the fresh “forest blossoms” reminds me of a wonderful lady with a big heart, who loved not only her kitteh Jessie and her pals on twitter, but she loved life itself.
When I open my handbag, Jane’s coin purse reminds me of her generosity and her warmth and her infectious laughter. We like to think Jane did not know she was going to die so soon. She never spoke of it and never hinted of it either. We do know she left us too soon and twitter is a poorer place without her.
We know Jane is safely over the Rainbow Bridge, surrounded by so many pals she already knows. We all miss her greatly and her passing has left a sad place in our hearts, but every now and then I’m sure I hear her whisper to me, over my shoulder. I only have to look at my coin purse to feel her positive essence. She was a strong supporter of Animals Australia and she hated any form of animal cruelty. She loved football and cricket and anything Australian, including music. She particularly loved hats, especially the Australian Akubra hat, also known as the “drover’s” hat (stockmen.)
Though I never met Jane in person, friendships on social media can be profusely powerful when you combine lots of real-time chats, sharing photos, swapping stories about family, pets and friends, as well as sharing your likes and dislikes about things close to your heart. It was our privilege for all of us to share part of our lives with Jane.
We wished we could have told you how important you are to us and how much you are loved, by so many of us anipals. You live on in our heart and we cheerish you forever. Until we all meet at the Rainbow Bridge again, we love you Jane.
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Thank you for reading,
Michele Brown and PepiSmartDog.