ELGIN - Jennifer Jane Greenlief, 48, Elgin, formerly of Avon, died Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, at her home in Elgin. She was born Nov. 10, 1968, in Galesburg, the daughter of Gary C. and Janet E. Ryan Greenlief Sr. Jennifer is survived by her parents, Gary and Janet Greenlief Sr. of rural Avon; one sister, Carrie (Bob) Bledsoe of Galesburg; and two brothers, G. Calvin (Katryna) Greenlief Jr. of Vermont and Wayne (Martha) Greenlief of Berwick. She also is survived by several nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her grandparents. Jennifer graduated from Avon High School in 1986. She graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science and Nursing degree and a minor in fine arts. In 1997 she received a master's degree in science and nursing from Troy State University in Troy, Alabama. She was a registered nurse and worked for Advocate Health Care Systems in Downers Grove. Her love of nursing took her to many places. She was a member of Abingdon Christian Church. Her hobbies included photography and traveling. She had a passion for the band STYX and traveled all over the United States and even overseas to see the band perform. She attended Music Fest in Wisconsin every year. She crocheted hats and mittens for underprivileged children. She lived life to the fullest and she was very comfortable with her own body. She had a good sense of humor and her favorite holiday was Halloween. Jennifer was an ovarian cancer survivor and a member of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, at Abingdon Christian Church, 409 S. Main St., Abingdon. Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, at the church. The Rev. Darryl McDaniel will officiate. Burial will follow the service at Abingdon Cemetery. Hinchliff-Pearson-West Abingdon Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.
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