Evansville woman’s witty, charming obituary inspires others

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Jan Lynch was 75 when she died two weeks ago. Her family says there was never a dull moment with her around.

To make sure the rest of the world knew that, they wrote an out of the ordinary obituary. 

Lynch loved the Patriots, Red Sox, Tom Brady, Florida, cold and room temperature Budweiser, airplane food, mopeds and clam chowder. It’s clear she was one of a kind. 

“She was just a free spirit. I guess is the best way to describe her,” said her son Greg Patterson. 

Graduating from UE with honors while working two to three jobs, she raised four sons who wanted to honor her after her death in the best way possible.

“It’s still unclear who her favorite son was thus the final ruling must be litigated in family court or at a bar,” said Greg reading from the obituary.  

It says she was diagnosed with advanced COPD, extreme stubbornness and was an armchair quarterback. 

“Every comment has been positive saying I want my obituary to be that spectacular. Live life like this woman lived her life.”

The stories her family can tell are endless. 

“If they were in Chicago she would pull us out of school to go see the Red Sox play despite my desire to have perfect attendance,” said her son Jake Lomax.

“We got lost on the way to Boston and I was 12 and had to drive,” said her other son Jeff Patterson.

Jan might physically be gone but her spirit and infectious laugh shine through her family.

“The joy they got from reading that obituary is the best honor we could have for a mom for who brought us so much joy and laughter in our lives,” said Greg.

Her family says she always wanted to be famous and now she is. Inspiring others to live life to the fullest and that the really good things in life are behind the ‘Do not enter’ signs. 

Jan is survived by her four loving sons, Jeff (Missy) Patterson, Greg (Billie) Patterson, Jake (Emily) Lomax, and Luke (Mabel) Lomax and eight grandchildren whom she loved more than anything else in the world…except the New England Patriots, the Boston Red Sox, Tom Brady, cold Budweiser, room temperature Budweiser, cigarettes, dogs, mopeds, clam chowder, boating, fishing, Florida, the Atlantic Ocean, grouper sandwiches, adventures, road trips, the beach, Sunday Night Football, Monday Night Football, fall foliage, airplane food, ingrown toenails, the OJ chase, and the OJ trial – in that exact order.

Jan graduated from the University of Evansville with a degree in English Literature achieving magna cum laude honors, while working 2-3 jobs and raising her four sons – one of whom turned out OK. It’s still unclear who her favorite son was, thus the final ruling must be litigated in family court…or at a bar.

Read the rest of the obituary here
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(This story was originally published on October 31, 2018)

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