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Jesus Christ makes things okay… even when they’re not.

Dec 26, 2022 | Musings

This has been my mantra, my lifeline, and my comfort for the past couple of years.

Halloween in pre-school: a lop-eared bunny.

On Christmas eve, our oldest daughter, Jennifer Robin DeFord, died. We watched her slip quietly away as we shared one of her favorite family traditions–listening to Dickens’s “Christmas Carol.” It was fitting and appropriate for our holiday-loving girl. Thanks to some wonderful hospice people, it was peaceful and painless.

Robin fought a hard fight with ovarian cancer.

If you are a woman, or if there are women you care for in your life, please be aware that ovarian cancer can masquerade as many other things, and because it is very difficult to diagnose it is often diagnosed far too late. There is good information here:


Halloween in 2013: Psy, of course!

We are very grateful for the 42 years we had with our girl. She was fun and kind and a joy to be around.

There will be no formal funeral, per her wishes. Any comments you would like to leave below will be greatly appreciated, though I probably won’t be up to responding to them.

Robin was a great believer in humanitarian efforts. In lieu of flowers, you are welcome to make a donation to the LDS Charities Humanitarian Fund,  or to Hamlett Spay and Neuter Clinic, a non-profit clinic where Robin worked for many years.

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