Jennifer Elizabeth Friend

November 29, 1990 - August 6, 2021

11/29/1990 - 08/06/2021

Jennifer Friend, 30, went to be with her beloved Poppop in Heaven on August 6, 2021. Jennifer (“Jenn”) was born on November 29, 1990 in Woodbridge, VA. After graduating from Hampshire High School in 2009, she went on to study at WVU Potomac State and later returned to school at Thomas Nelson Community College to earn her Associate Degree in Nursing in 2019.
Jennifer was an incredibly hard worker with a tireless work ethic, which shows through her countless accomplishments and accolades. Jenn set her sights on becoming a nurse and never stopped working towards that goal. She started her career in healthcare at Riverside Regional Medical Center in dietary services before advancing to her role as the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) secretary. She worked as a secretary through nursing school (all while pregnant), and after graduation she accepted her dream job as a surgical ICU nurse. Jennifer was a well loved and respected member of her SICU family, which recently earned the DAISY Team Award for compassionate and skilled nursing. Jennifer was an amazing nurse who saved countless lives and passionately participated in a Donor Walk for one of her recent patients. Her positive attitude and compassion will be greatly missed by her coworkers and patients.
While Jennifer was a very proud nurse, her greatest accomplishment was without a doubt being an incredible wife and mother. Jennifer met her husband James at WVU Potomac State, where they became best friends and fell in love in 2012. They were married on May 27, 2017 and welcomed their first daughter, Avery Rose, later that year on October 8th. Avery was the light of Jennifer’s life, and Jenn would do anything to make her little girl smile and laugh. James and Jennifer announced earlier this year that they were expecting their second daughter to make the perfect addition to their family. Lainey Grace was born on July 25, 2021, and while she never got to meet her Mommy, we know Jennifer will live on through her as the gift of life she was able to give before passing. Jennifer made it her life’s mission for her daughters to never have to wonder how much they are loved. While nothing compares to a mother’s love, her husband and the family she leaves behind will ensure that her girls know how much they are loved– especially by their Mommy.
Family was the most important part of Jennifer’s life. No matter how busy life got, she prioritized spending quality time with both her immediate and extended family. Before becoming a mom, Jennifer’s favorite role was as “Titi” to her beloved nephews—Christopher Robin, Colton Michael-Allen, Charles Andrew III, Elliott David, and Bennett Alexander, and her niece, Evelyn Reese. Her nephews and niece held a special place in her heart, and she was always willing to babysit, lay down the law, and fill their days with fun and love. Jennifer would drop everything without question or hesitation for a family member in need because “that’s what family does.”
Jennifer is survived by her husband, James Friend; their two daughters, Avery Rose and Lainey Grace; her beloved Nanny, Carol McDonald; her grandma, Cheryl Friend; her parents, Charles and Mary McDonald, Angie Friend and Mekonnen Haile, and Michael Friend; her sister and “person”, Samantha Wood and her husband Chris; her brother, Charles McDonald Jr; those she considered sisters—Kristen Fitzsimmons and her husband Dan, Lindsey Friend Mann and her husband Alex, and Rachel Friend and her boyfriend Robbie Iulo; her nephews and niece, and countless beloved aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends who Jennifer held near and dear to her heart.
Jennifer was a beautiful soul. Her green eyes lit up a room, and her laugh was infectious. She was always smiling and doing anything she could to make those around her happy. She loved photography, going to the beach, chewing sunflower seeds, listening to Fall Out Boy, and going to her nephews’ baseball games, but Jenn would admit that her favorite “hobby” was napping on the couch with Avery. She was patient, gracious, and forgiving, and we could all learn so much from the way she chose to live her life. She loved fiercely and selflessly and would do anything for the people she loved. Those she leaves behind will never understand why she was taken so soon, but we know that she would want us to honor her memory by loving one another and living life to the fullest.
Jennifer’s celebration of life has not yet been planned. Details will be shared at a later date after her family recovers from the recent traumatic accident and her loss.

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Anonymous
1 year ago

Our Memories Gone too soon

Anonymous
1 year ago

We love you Jennifer

Anonymous
1 year ago

My precious daughter

Angela Sizer
1 year ago

My love thoughts and prayers are with Jen’s family and friends and My cousin James your beautiful girls and My Aunt Angie ,I will continue to pray for healing inside and out luv y’all.

Angela Sizer
1 year ago

Prayers for my family and Jen’s family and friends.. My thoughts prayers and love are with all of you

Mary Mcdonald
1 year ago

The day I brought you home from the hospital. I miss you so much

LISA A NYPAVER
1 year ago

My rose between two Cody’s You were an amazing soul who had the biggest heart. You never forgot us after our Cody died. you always said he is with us always. Well sweetie he has you now and I know the two of you will be watching over us always. My deepest sympathy to your family and friends during this difficult time. You will always hold a special place in my heart! I will miss my messages every year from you but I know Cody will take care of you up there now. Love you forever

Rose and Larry Gomez
1 year ago

God bless ♥️

Erik
1 year ago

You and your husband have left your mark on me after such a short time knowing you, and know that your memory and your life will now have a positive impact on many in the future, and your efforts shall be a part of your legacy. You and your family will not be forgotten.

Lidi and Miles Spence
1 year ago

“Leo Buscaglia once said: “I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories.”
May God allows Jennifer’s love endures forever in your lives and heart through her beautiful girls.
Our condolences to the McDonald, Wood and Friend’s Families as you grieve.”