School holds candlelight vigil in memory of Claire Jones

November 18th, 2013

The candlelight vigil on November 16, held in memory of Claire Jones. Photo by David Nixon.

The candlelight vigil on November 16, held in memory of Claire Jones. Photo by David Nixon.

The university held a candlelight vigil on November 16, for Claire Jones, a second-year human kinetics student who died last week before she could return to UBCO from Hinton Alberta where her family lives.
A crowd of at least 50 people gathered, and shared stories of Claire and comforted each other in their mourning.

Melissa Fedderson, Special Projects Coordinator with Health and Wellness, opened things up by talking about how moments like this make her reflect on what’s really important in life. She then asked anyone to take the stage and share a story, allowing moments of silence and reflection in between speakers.

One of Claire’s roommates from the quad she lived in laughed about how Claire would drive them crazy with her post it note reminders of chores, but that “she immediately brought us together as a family after move-in”, through her energy and outgoing nature.

“I was lucky to have met her for the short time I did,” said another girl who been in a group project with Claire at the time of her death.

“Claire loved quotes”, said Fedderson. She’d had them plastered all over her room. Fedderson said her favorite one was from a Chris Daughtry song: “All I’m after is a life full of laughter.”

Near the end of the vigil they played that song for her. One girl who hadn’t known Claire took the mic at the song’s end and said she’d heard that song for the first time in a while that same morning and had belted it out, though she wasn’t sure what inspired her to do so. “It’s funny how life makes these connections,” she told the crowd.

A memory book was set up to the side so Claire’s friends could write in it for her family. Her family is holding the funeral on Monday, November 18 in Hinton, but friends here can still post their condolences at UBCO lowered its flags in memory of Claire on November 18.

“She’ll always be with us,” concluded the last student speaker.

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One Response to “School holds candlelight vigil in memory of Claire Jones”

  1. Thank you UBCO, and phoenix-news. I’m Claire’s father and was and is impressed by the compassion displayed by these two organizations. Yes our family still struggles to get on without our Claire bear. Thank you for the tribute paid to our daughter. Merry Christmas and all the best for a great 2014. God bless you all. Randall R. Jones

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