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Jessica Shannon Stanley, 34, passed away unexpectedly on December 22, 2019.


She was born on a snowy day at Blodgett Hospital, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on January 14, 1985, to Wayne Hayden & Mary Elizabeth Stanley. She graduated from Ottawa Hills High School in 2003 and went on to become a certified Dental Assistant.


Jessica worked as a dental assistant for several years and had a knack for calming nervous patients.


 She had a great sense of humor, made friends easily and got along with everyone. Jessica cared deeply for her family and loved being an aunt to her nieces and nephew. She enjoyed reading, making crafts and home decorating. She always liked to look her best and was known to be an excellent cook. 


 Survivors include her mother and father; siblings, Amelia (Joseph) Betts, Robin (Ken) Golden, and Benjamin Stanley; nieces and nephew, Alexis and Megan Golden, and Emmalee and Dominic Betts; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.


 Visitation will be from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm on Friday, January 17, 2020, at Christ Church, 2500 Breton Road SE, Grand Rapids, MI. A memorial service will take place at 12:00 pm with Pastor Andrew Vander Maas officiating. She will be interred in the columbarium at Christ Church.


 In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family to assist with funeral expenses.


 To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Jessica’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:


 Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, MI.


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  1. Loggy andMim on January 6, 2020 at 12:44 pm

    Dear friends. We will be unable to attend Jessica’s memorial. We feel bad about that but we will be out of town. Please know that we are caring for you all.


    Loggy and Mim.

  2. Steve Austin on January 6, 2020 at 6:53 pm

    Dear Stanley Family, It’s always hard to put into words how sorry you are when a family loses a loved one way too soon. I fortunately had the opportunity to get to know Jessica and though it was a brief period of time I can still look back and remember the fun person she was. When something like this happens, memories of your time with that person comes flooding back to you, and when you remember that person fondly many years later, that person did their job for the time they were with us here on earth. I remember her always keeping that cherry personality even when I knew she was pissed. I remember her cracking up at my dumb humor but also having serious talks about family, friends, career and life goals, and now more so appreciate those talks. I went and saw Jeff Dunham last week and couldn’t help but think about who first showed me him. Jessica will not be forgotten even by those of us who spent just a brief portion of their life with her. I hope you all are able to get through this difficult time and be able to move on with the memories you all have of her because in the end it is those great memories you leave behind that when your time on earth has ended

  3. Laura on January 8, 2020 at 2:03 pm

    Dear Beth, Ame, Robin and Ben, I am so shocked by this news about Jessica’s death. It’s been decades since we all saw each other and yet I see Jessica all happy and radiant standing in front of me as if it had just happened. I am so grateful until today that you all let me into your lives as daughter and sister. I had a very special connection with each of you, as I did with Jessica. I am with you in my thoughts and wish you all much strength and confidence. Feel embraced – all across the ocean.

  4. Christine Robinson, cousin on January 10, 2020 at 8:52 pm

    My beautiful family I hope there are many, many memories locked away in your hearts to call upon whenever the tears come rolling out of nowhere as you grieve this tragic loss. No life is here forever and all lives touch so very many. But it’s when we have to stop and face that truth, that we are paused with sadness. Let your pauses reflect all the love you have for Jessica and rely on each other to get through this difficult time. You are all in my prayers. –

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