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Created August 10, 2018

The Ward and Mason family have created this page on behalf of Jayna Ward Gutridge and her loving children Ethan and Amelia.

Jayna was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer in 2013, after undergoing major surgery and completing treatments Jayna was cancer free.  
November 2015, Jayna was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer.  The triple negative result meant Jayna would be facing a challenging journey. Again, she underwent surgery and made it through the grueling treatments and still cancer free.  Late, 2017, Jayna received the news that her cancer was back for the third time and has spread. Her current medical diagnosis is Triple Negative Metastatic Breast Cancer.
We remain hopeful and continue to trust in God.

Jayna’s continues to have a positive outlook, adventurous and a fun-loving spirit.  She has maintained a successful career as a Human Resource Professional for a decade and with her current employer for two years. 

Jayna was an active participant in the clinical trials at MD Anderson Hospital who recently ended. She would take the children to daycare, travel to the office and then leave for her weekly scheduled lab and chemo treatments. Jayna's mind was indeed made up that cancer was not going to hold her down.

However, the clinical trials have taken a toll on her health, and reluctantly she decided to request medical leave from her current employer. This decision has left her with limited resources, depending on family and friends.  Due to her pre-existing medical condition, she has been denied
long-term disability and is not eligible to receive Social Security.

Jayna is currently receiving care at MD Anderson Hospital located in Sugarland, where her oncologist has ordered weekly rounds of
chemo treatments.

Jayna's medical bills continue to rise, which is adding more stress to an already dire situation. She needs around the clock care as well as other
medical supplies that will aid in providing her the best quality of life.

A mother will do anything for the sake of her children. Ethan and Amelia are Jayna's precious gifts from God.  They are the reason that she continues to fight the good fight of faith. We realize that God is ultimately in charge and nothing is impossible for him.

We are asking for your prayers and financial blessing during this difficult time.  No contribution is too small. 

Please do what you can to support Jayna’s fight; as she continues to Walk by Faith and Not by Sight.

One step at a time…Please share!!!  #keepjaynaclimbing 

~ Climmie, Burnetha, Jocelyn, Dorothy, Kathy, Karen and Tara

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I would like to express my sincere thank you to all the guests who attended the Jayna Ward Gutridge funeral, the thoughtful cards and flowers. All of the support has lifted us up and shown how much of an impact my beautiful daughter made in the lives of those who knew her. Jayna continues to impress us with the dedication of Houston talk show in her memory. A special thank you to Lin Wu Kamel a very good friend and helped in getting this done and to the host Beth Sims.

Additionally, a BIG thank you to Jocelyn Ward for all of her efforts!! My sisters also, Kathy Thomas Karen Taylor Tara Mason and Linda Lawton.

Simply click on the second play icon for the talk show and also scroll down and click on the link above a picture of Jayna and Chablia Morris Lewis.

Blessings and Love ❤️

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Funeral arrangements for Jayna Gutridge as follows:

September 22, 2018

Rock of Ages Baptist Church
1309 Madison Street
Maywood, IL 60153
Visitation is at 11 A.M. - 12 P.M. and

Funeral 12 P.M.- 1 P.M., Repass (eat and chat) to follow Cemetery.

Oakridge Cemetery
Hillside, ILLINOIS

Blessings and Love
Ward Family
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Had planned on spending this weekend with both daughters, helping Jayna Ward Gutridge get through another day and celebrating another birthday with Jocelyn Ward! Well God had other plans! I never expected to be planning a funeral for my daughter. We flew to Houston as soon as we heard things were changing for the worst. I don’t have the words to express how devastated and heartbroken we are, losing our angel to metastatic breast cancer. She fought long and hard, but her body was too frail and weak to continue with this last battle. The final task is to bring my sweet child home to her final resting place.
Our lives will never be the same without this young lady who was beautiful inside and out. She was my sunshine and my moon. Not one day would go by when I didn’t call her or she didn’t call me, sometimes 2-3 times a day. My prayer now is that her beautiful children, Ethan and Amelia will not only survive without her loving guidance, but will thrive because of the foundation she has so meticulously laid. She had the ability to bring everyone around her to a feel good place of comfort. Jayna only wanted to love and be loved by all who knew her. So yes, I will miss my baby girl, but praise the Lord for 35 years of memories that no one can take away. I know Jayna will continue to shine as she makes her transition to the next part of her journey. Love you to eternity Jayna and Jocelyn, you both make me a proud Mama❤️❤️❤️
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From: Jocelyn Ward
Well, this is definitely not how I expected to spend my birthday this year...as many of you know, my beautiful sister has been battling breast cancer for some time now; Unfortunately, she lost her battle to stage 4 metastatic breast cancer yesterday morning. I am still trying to comprehend the fact that I will not be able to call my best friend and talk to her for hours about random things, that I will not have my best friend here to share my Chinese food addiction with, that I will not have my best friend here to go to Luke Bryan concerts with and watch the Houston rodeo every March, that I will not have my best friend here to see me get married, and stand next to me as I did for her at her wedding, that I will not have my best friend here to live next door to me in Naperville like we always planned, and have our children grow up as close as we did....I can truly go on and on and on about all of the things we had planned for the future, but I will not let these things overshadow the BEST 31 years we spent together, making wonderful memories. I absolutely could not have asked for a better big sister than you Jayna Ward Gutridge! You were absolutely the best role model, and I have had some of the best years of my life thanks to the path you paved for me. You were the STRONGEST woman EVER. How you handled the cards you were dealt to the very end was not only inspiring but also admirable. You have changed my life in every way possible, and so many others that were blessed to meet and know you.

There will not be a single day that will go by where I will not think of you and picture your wonderful smile. You will always be in my heart, and I know you and our brother are just catching up on old times and watching over mom, dad and I. I love you so much big sister! ❤

I want to send a huge thank you to all of my friends and family for their support over the years, the wonderful advice and for everyone's generous donations. You have no idea how much it means to me to know that I have so many friends and family that care so much about my family and myself! This is going to be a very rough adjustment, but if there is anything my sister has taught me, it is to be strong and to never give up. Live your life to the fullest friends and spend as much time as possible with your loved ones! Tomorrow is never guaranteed. As I know my sister had some many great friends from all around the world, I want to make sure everyone has the opportunity to celebrate her life, so I will be sure to update this post with the details on the funeral services once finalized.
#cancersucks #chemosucks #sisters #bestfriendsforlife #myforevertwin #5yearsapart #houstonrodeobuddy #lukebryan #abercrombietwins #redwinewillalwaysbebetterthanwhite #purduealumni #didntIrushyou #trideltalegacy #ripjayna #keepjaynaclimbing

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