Jillian Ripley

February 3, 2005 - December 5, 2019

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Monday, December 9, 2019 11:00 AM Mechanicsburg High School


Visitation Sunday, December 8, 2019 from 2:00 PM-5:00 PM at Mechanicsburg High School

Jillian "Jilly" Ripley, 14 of Mechanicsburg, Ohio passed away on Thursday, December 5, 2019 in her home surrounded by her loving family; following her 4-year courageous battle with cancer.

Jilly was born February 3, 2005 in London, Ohio. She attended Mechanicsburg High School, Class of 2023.

She enjoyed bowling, working her livestock, camping, basketball, exotic cars, taking photos, shoes and make-up. Jilly was beautiful inside and out. Her smile was contagious and lit up any room that she entered. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

Jilly is survived by her parents; Mike Linkous and Julia Ripley, her brother; Jacob Ripley, her sisters; Taylor and Mikayla Linkous, numerous aunts, uncles and cousins including special cousins Kalieb, Aubrey, Daltyn, and Evan; as well as a host of friends and family.

She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Paul and Judy Bailey and uncle; Jason Bailey.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 2-5 p.m., Sunday, December 8, 2019 at the Mechanicsburg High School, 60 High Street, Mechanicsburg, Ohio 43044.

A celebration of Jilly's life will be held 11:00 a.m., Monday, December 9, 2019 at Mechanicsburg High School with Pastor Mimi Ault officiating.

Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made to the family in care of the funeral home, 257 West Main Street, Mechanicsburg, Ohio 43044.


Condolences may be made to the family at www.vernonfh.com


Sharon Rismiller - Dec 12, 2019
So sorry For your loss
Jacqueline Siwek - Dec 9, 2019
Julia and family, you are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry for your loss and pray that the great memories with Jilly will keep you going each day.
Jennifer Fugitt - Dec 8, 2019
I’m so sorry for your loss. Jillian was an amazing young lady who had a soul that seemed to leave an impact on everyone she met. She will be greatly missed. Praying for strength and peace for your family during this difficult time.
Patty Stewart - Dec 8, 2019
Sending love a hugs your way. So sorry for you lose of sweet Jilly
Charles Kauffman - Dec 8, 2019
I got to meet this young amazing lady only once and she showed me what a true fighter was. She was loved by many but the lord loved her more and he wanted her on his team at this time. So R-I-P Jillian cause you will be a great Angel. My Condolence to Family.
Jenniffer McCall - Dec 8, 2019
My thoughts and prayers go out to you. This is such a heart breaking loss. Our Church family lost our Sara Hess too young and we certainly grieve for you and with you for your loss. May our Champaign county community continue to support you with our love and prayers in the coming times, moment by moment lifting you up.
Ruth Ann Lowery - Dec 8, 2019
Julia and Family, words can't express how sorry I am. My thoughts and prayers be with you and your family during the hard days ahead. Love, Ruth Ann Lowery
Fr. Larry Gearhart - Dec 7, 2019
Because I was a pastor in Mechanicsburg a few years ago, I learned about Jillian's battle with cancer early on. Through every pain, every chemo, and every surgery, she showed grit and determination to bounce back. She was an inspiration to hundreds, if not thousands, of people. She had an excitement for life matched by few people in the world. God put her on the fast track, and she apparently soaked in every bit of grace he sent. I will join the chorus of prayers on her behalf and that of her family.
Phyllis Cunningham - Dec 7, 2019
Julia and Jake, my heart is broken. May peace rise above you and carry you through this tough time. Love you.
Wayne Worlledge - Dec 7, 2019
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family 🙏🙏 I went though this last year at Halloween my daughter was 19 .no parent should ever have to go through this again my thoughts and prayers 🙏 are with you and your family
Roy & Carol Barr - Dec 7, 2019
Dear Julia and family, We're so sorry for everything you're going through. We'll miss her smile. She was always smiling. I remember when she and my granddaughter played summer softball. She was a joy to be around. God be with your family.
Central Ohio Clash Basketball Orgainzation - Dec 7, 2019
Taylor and Mikayla, your Clash family is so very sorry for your loss. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers! 💚🖤💚🖤🙏 #clashfamily
vicki christensen - Dec 7, 2019
I just want to say a great big thank you to Jillian for being such an inspiration to all of us. Especially my daughter Peggy. Peggy supports her Jillian strong sweatshirt almost daily. I just want to say thank you to Jillians family for letting her be a light to all of in this world of darkness. Our sympathy is sent to the family of Jillian. Thanks again for letting Jillian be a great inspiration to all of us. Love and Prayers to you all.
Gayle Lewis - Dec 7, 2019
Julia, Jake and all of the Bailey family, I have no words to say that will tell you how very much Jillian meant to so many others that also loved her. There will never be another like her. Your angel is now with other angels sharing God’s love. My heart aches for you, may God grant you comfort and peace you all so desperately deserve.
Cindy Anderson - Dec 6, 2019
The people of Mechanicsburg have always come together as support in times of need, but I have never seen a whole town rally around someone as they have Jillian. It speaks volumes to the beautiful soul she was. May peace surround your family in this time of sorrow and loss.
Robert & Debbie Aranda - Dec 6, 2019
Our Hearts are breaking hearing about your loss .May God help you get threw this hard time.Our prayers are with you .May your sweet Angel Jillian Rest in Peace .
Robert & Debbie Aranda - Dec 6, 2019
Our Hearts are breaking hearing about your loss .May God help you get threw this hard time.Our prayers are with you .May your sweet Angel Jillian Rest in Peace .
Tamara henry - Dec 6, 2019
Jillian you were such an inspiration to everyone around you.i know your in heaven singing with the angels. Watch over mom and jake and your special step dad.love and prayers .
Kim Pozderac - Dec 6, 2019
We met Jillian at the FFA pork loin dinner. She joined us at our table and quickly we realized she is one of those special people that brings joy everywhere she goes. We feel so privileged to have met her. Praying for you through this time❤️
Spangler - Dec 6, 2019
Sorry for your loss, I have followed Jillian's Journey. So many lives have been touched by her sweet soul.I hope you can find comfort in knowing that God has his arms around her, and her pain is over. Prayers for you and your family as you get through this.
Scott Appleby - Dec 6, 2019
I'm so very sorry for your loss of such a beautiful young lady. I didn't have the blessing of knowing her or your family but I will pray for all and may her passing inspire us all to love and live life in her honor.🙏♥️
Holly Wells - Dec 6, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss. My heart breaks for your family. sending prayers to Jillian's family and friends.
Angela Slusher - Dec 6, 2019
Julia and family, There are no words I could possibly say to take away your pain. I am so sorry for the loss of your precious daughter, sister, best friend. I am praying for you and your family. May God watch over you all and wrap his loving arms around you to help ease your pain. God bless!
Sherri Foster - Dec 6, 2019
So sorry for your loss thoughts and prayers for you all. I didn't know her but read alot of awesome things. May you rest with the angels.
Terri lyn - Dec 6, 2019
Love and strength to all
Debbie Moore - Dec 6, 2019
Julia & family. I am so sorry for your loss. May you find peace and comfort in the precious memories of your beautiful girl. Jilly was an inspiration to everyone who knew her and followed her through her journey. God bless all of you.
Sheldon Adams - Dec 6, 2019
I truly cannot believe this tragedy, finding this out today really hit me I know I didn’t know Jillian close, but me and her brother Jake we’re close and that’s how I got to know the Ripley family through bowling and Jake. She is in gods hands now and she would want her mom and family to all stay strong she fought her battle now it’s gods turn to shine bright down on her and to surround her family and friends with such love and support through this heartbreaking time. Rest In Peace you beautiful angel fly high 🙏👼🏻🙏❤️💜
Diann Roland Stradling - Dec 6, 2019
So Sorry for your loss. Such a beautiful child taken up to God at such a young age.
D.Toops - Dec 6, 2019
I'm lost for words. I'm from Ross county and I heard about your daughter yesterday at work, as soon as I got off work I sent out prayers request to my prayer warriors.. I'm so sorry for this unthinkable tragedy. Rip young lady
Tim and Kim Moore - Dec 6, 2019
We don't have the words to truly say what a wonderful young lady Jillian was and what a loving family has surrounded her. Please know that you are in our thoughts and we pray that you find peace in this trying time.
Jennifer Hungerford Baldwin - Dec 6, 2019
Julia and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Jillian sure was a brave strong girl to be proud of. Amy often shared about her journey. I will continue prayers for the whole family.
Rachel - Dec 6, 2019
Everyone in the town absolutely loved Jillian and it’s so hard to hear that she is no longer with us. Our prayers go out to you and your family for this hard time. I’m very sorry for your loss. Jilly will forever be in our hearts♥️🎗
Tony Seegers - Dec 6, 2019
What a beautiful life. I’m so sorry.
Kristi (Benjamin Steel) - Dec 6, 2019
Julia, I am so very sorry for your loss. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers!
Biker Strong Association - Dec 6, 2019
We are completely heartbroken to hear about your loss. We did not know her, but seen her fight and shine through posts and pictures. She has the most infectious smile! May she rest in peace and watch over you. -The Biker Strong Family
Layla Myers - Dec 6, 2019
I did not know Jillian but she was beautiful and seemed so sweet. Me and my family have the Ripleys in our prayers.
Stephanie Duncan - Dec 6, 2019
I don’t have the words to use to express how sorry I am for the loss of Sweet Jillian . I know my granddaughter Ella Was very close to Jilly and she will miss her dearly . We will all miss that sweet smile and courageous young lady . You are experiencing a level of pain and loss that most people can’t imagine and will never experience . I don’t know what to say other than I am sorry . And please know that I am Praying God will bring you and your family comfort 🙏💔 Fly high Sweet Jilly 🙏
The Hannah's - Dec 6, 2019
Our hearts are broken for your family. Although we didn't know your beautiful daughter personally we fell in love with her watching her on this journey called life. Who wouldn't fall in love with that smile? We pray that as time goes bye the Lord will give you his strength comfort peace and understanding. We send you our love and appreciation of letting us and many others watch the beautiful warrior that was in your daughter. She taught us all how to face a hard battle.
Cari Leet - Dec 6, 2019
I am so very sorry for the loss of Jilly. She will always be remembered and her spirit will live on. Huge hugs to her family. Thinking of you all! Love the Leet Family
Sidney Easter - Dec 6, 2019
sending prayers and love to the ripley family. my heart is so heavy. heaven has gained a wonderful angel.

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