Jill Blynn Stone Joslen
(1954 - 2010)

Jill Blynn Stone Joslen

January 20, 1954

April 20, 2010

What a TRUE JOY it is to know and love Jill!

In so many ways all of our lives have been blessed by her natural expressions of tenderness, creativity, wit, beauty, thoughtfulness, courage and zest for Life. Many of us have learned a great deal about what Love MEANS from knowing HER! Please join us in celebrating Jill by sharing your photos, jottings and tidbits about your experiences with her, and your gratitude for all she has and will continue to bring to our lives as we love and learn from her.

Please use the "Guest Book" and "Stories" sections for your entries. If you have any photos you can share, please email them to tienlanglois@yahoo.com. for posting here.

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Guest Book (99 entries)
I so miss you, Jill ...
Donna Corser (Friend)
April 20th, 2018
I never met you but you must have been a great person as I have heard so much about you. Bob I know you miss her and she will always be a part of you. Until you meet again... With love and friendship. Ann
Ann Mast
September 30th, 2016
Greetings from Minnesota,

My name is Holly Ernst...I live a St. Paul, MN and had formed an "online" friendship with Jill as a result of me being one of her customers. I just heard of her passing from a girlfriend of mine who fell in love with my flip flops and went online to try to order some for herself. My friend found out about Jill's passing and told me, and of course my heart absolutely broke when I heard this terrible news. Jill and I "met" when I was Mrs. Minnesota 2006. I was competing in the national Mrs. America pageant in Tucson and spotted a pair of her flip flops in a boutique. I immediately bought them, wore them like crazy, and upon my return home I Googled her to order several more pairs over the past four years. Many of my friends have since ordered them as well after spotting mine.

When I heard she had passed my heart broke. Jill and I never met in person, but we had forged a friendship of sorts via our correspondence through my shoe orders (I'd ordered at least 6+ pairs of flip flops...my mother-in-law Kathryn ordered a few pairs, my sister-in-law Caroline also ordered a pair, and so did one of my best friends--we all LOVED Jill's work!!!). I lost my mother VERY suddenly on August 8th, 2009 (she had a massive stroke--she literally dropped dead and died in my dad's arms). I had mentioned this in an email to Jill. I wanted to share with you what she did in response. Out of the blue, I received a package from Jill containing the book "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" by Robert Bach. Here is what she wrote in the inside:

"Dear Holly,

I hope you love this book as I have--it has brought me comfort in the thought of loved ones that pass on from our sight--just as the seagull soars higher and higher and passes from our sight (but really never leaves us). We may not be able to physically see our loved ones but they never left us. The beautiful qualities that are their true nature and being are with us forever.

Love to you,
Jill (Jaunty Jill)"

I think it is very interesting that Jill wrote that inscription on Sept. 8th, 2009--exactly one month to the day of my mother's death. I will never forget what Jill did...she clearly was a very, very special lady.

Anyway, I just wanted to share this story with you...I have a huge hole in my heart from the absence of my OWN mom (it has been 2.5 years since she died but it feels like it happened yesterday). I am an only child and my mom was EVERYTHING to me--my best friend, the "sister" I never had, you know the gig. So I know how you must be still missing Jill. And I wanted you to know the small but special role she played in MY life--someone she'd never met but took the time to comfort. It tells a lot about Jill's true character.

Cheers to Jill!!!

Holly Ernst
Holly Ernst (friend)
April 26th, 2012
Dear Bob and Carley,we are so sorry about Jill.
we don't talk for a long time but all your family are in our heart. It's 2 am and i think let me look for the Stones. what i first read was about Jill, and then i remember the picture she took with little Sarah riding horse. She is seventeen now,is going to the university next year.We also have ten years old son Peter. He is a so sweet boy. we always think about you and wonder what have you been doing. iam sure we will see you again one day.
God bless all of you and be sure that Jill is doing just fine.
With love,

Mario and Vera from Brasil.
vera cristina Arruda (Friend)
November 25th, 2011
Hello Stone family,

I found this site not long after Jill moved on and shared it with my Mom and as many of the other Tearneys as I could. I struggled at writing something for it, but never really got what I was looking for.
For the last couple of years, I've participated in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life event here. As part of my efforts this year, I've been posting blog entries on people I know who have battled cancer. I recently posted one about Jill and thought I should share it here as well.

My cousin Jill ended her long fight with cancer in April of 2010. I will not say cancer ended her life. That would an insult to her loved ones who knew her best, and know that she has simply gone on to explore another level of existence.

I can’t say I knew Jill well. I’m not even sure when was the last time I saw her, except to say that it was many years ago. She is a couple of years younger than I am, and when we were kids, our families would see each other at least every year or two.
I remember her as pretty, vivacious and funny and maybe a little on the quiet side. But then she was from a family of six kids and I was from one of eight. When you get that many together at once, you can be thought of as quiet just because you never can get a word in edgewise.

What I probably remember best about Jill is the time she and her older sister, Tien, tried to give me riding lessons. It was a memorable afternoon. I spent more time in the air between the horse and the ground than I did in the saddle. I think it was Jill who suggested that I might really be better off sticking with baseball. It was good advice.

As the years passed, our families got together less often. Wen we all became adults, we settled in different parts of the country. Jill and most of her family wound up out West. Given her love of horses, that’s probably where she belonged all along.

Jill, from what I’ve heard, was the real horse woman in her family. A memorial website put together by her sister and husband includes a lot of pictures of her on horseback and she looks utterly at home and happy in the saddle.

Exploring that website also helped me get to know my cousin better than I ever had. It came as no surprise to find that she was loved and admired by so many people. I regret that I didn’t get to know her better.

Happy Trails, Jill. I hope your horse has wings, and that they’ve carried you to the stars.
Pat Tearney (Cousin)
June 17th, 2011
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"Fabio & I had the privilege to get to know Jill years ago in Brasil. We will always remember her beautiful smile & the fun we had together. Our thoughts and love go out to all her family. Pat & Fabio Kowarick"
Pat Kowarick
October 8th, 2010
"Dear Bob, Carley and Family, We recently received word that Jill went to be with the Lord. We will always remember the love and kindness that Jill showed us during our time at the Ranch. She was always smiling - especially when she was riding!"
April Lundstedt
June 18th, 2010
"Jill was one of the most wonderful people I have ever known. My sincere, heartfelt condolences to her family."
Dwight Capitani
June 10th, 2010
"I am so sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with Jill's family and friends."
Liz Varney
May 18th, 2010
"Bob, Carley and Robert, To thin of Jull is to see a smile, love, kindness and zest that was contagious. God's grace was magnified in her. I am blessed by her in my memory."
Peggy Gillum
May 18th, 2010
"For Bob and Keith and Family. Knowing them tells me how special Jill was. Our prayers are with you. Sue and Peter"
Peter,Sue Brousseau
April 28th, 2010
"Dear Bob, Carley, Bob, and family, our gentle warm tender angel thoughts are with you now;and forever with Jill. Her deep penetrating eyes, her soulful smile and that delicate laughter is with us always to remind how Love expressed itself. hugs"
Linda and Tim Brown Heinemann
April 26th, 2010
"Dear Bob and Carley, We can imagine how you are thinking now. But God knows what do.We do not say to you how we fill but we will pray for her. God bless you and keep you. Love Wagner and Leila"
Wagner and Leila Tidon
April 26th, 2010
"Bob and Family, our hearts are sad for your loss. Your in our prayers. May God bless you and keep you. The Burt Vimont Family"
Burt and Cindi Vimont
April 24th, 2010
"While I never had the opportunity to meet Jill, I know she must have been a very special person to touch her husband as deeply as did. I'm glad she had Bob by her side during her illness and transition so she could daily experience his love for and"
Ginger Kelsey
April 23rd, 2010


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