Jill Elizabeth Dougherty Dean, 61, known by those who loved her as “Mom” and “Gigi”, passed away peacefully on July 9, 2022, at home in Asheville, NC.
Jill was born on May 31, 1961, to Dorothy and Dale Dougherty of Marianna, FL. She is preceded in death by her parents and by her sisters, Kathy (Terry) Sirmans [Panama City Beach, FL] and Judith Dougherty [Tallahassee, FL]. She is survived by her brother, John Dougherty [Morrison, CO]; her daughter, Ashleigh Jordan [Asheville, NC]; her son, Joshua Jordan [Tallahassee, FL]; and her daughter, Sarah (Brock) Walker [Tallahassee, FL]; as well as by her precious grandchildren, Nathanael Jordan, Makayla Jordan, Jace Jordan, and Hannah Walker. Jill was a beloved mother and grandmother who was devoted to her babies.
Jill was introduced to the outdoor life while she was still in diapers, both at Mexico Beach and at Panama City Beach. As soon as she could walk, she accompanied her family on camping trips to the Smoky Mountains almost every summer, where she was corralled in her playpen amidst the family, the camper, and tents, and frequent campground visits by bears kept her entertained throughout the day. In her youth, Jill enjoyed family time at the headwaters of the Chipola River at Daniel Springs in Jackson County, and she loved sunning and swimming in Marianna’s Blue Springs.
A resident of North Florida for most of her life, Jill’s love for the outdoors began at an early age. From family time at the headwaters of the Chipola River and Blue Springs to vacations at Mexico and Panama City Beaches, she could always be found enjoying the water. Jill was a graduate of Marianna High School and studied Nursing at Chipola College. Her kind nature and nurturing heart led her to her career as an RN where she dedicated her life to caring for others. In 2008, Jill was moved by her deep love of music to relocate to New Orleans, LA, where she immersed herself in the NOLA culture and cultivated cherished friendships. She returned to Tallahassee, FL, for a few years to be a loving Gigi to her grandchildren and an invaluable caregiver to both of her sisters before adventuring north to Asheville, NC, to live among the scenic mountains and spend quality time with Ashleigh and Nathanael.
A Celebration of Jill’s Life will be held on Saturday, July 30, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. eastern time at the Co-Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Tallahassee, FL. A reception will follow at 12:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to her memorial GoFundMe to help defer the costs of this unexpected tragedy. Donations can be made here: https://gofund.me/809ef077
Jill will be cherished as a shining light in this world and would want everyone to remember, “laissez les bon temps rouler”!
Please join the family at 4 p.m. eastern time of Saturday, July 30, at Oyster City Brewing Company at 603 West Gaines Street for a toast in honor of Jill’s life!