Jessica Lynn Hayosh
Jessica Lynn Hayosh of Port Huron, MI passed away in a tragic car accident on December 10, 2020 at the age of 40. She was the beloved daughter of Lawrence Hayosh and Cynthia Perdue, sister to Christian (Farryn) Hayosh, Lindsay Hayosh (Chad Bagge), Sarah Hayosh (Alexander Wright) and Michael Hayosh. She is also survived by loving aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, and many friends.
Jess was born May 18, 1980 in Michigan, her family spending some of her childhood years in Oley Valley, Pennsylvania before moving back to Port Huron. She graduated as Salutatorian at Port Huron High School in 1998 and graduated from Kalamazoo College with a BA in German Language and Literature. During college, she lived in Bonn, Germany for a year. After college she lived in Prague, Czech Republic, teaching English before resettling in Kalamazoo, MI for much of her adult life. She visited Costa Rica multiple times in recent years. She had a love of adventurous travel and learned five different languages in her lifetime.
Jess enjoyed working in kitchens, greenhouses and at farmers markets, finding camaraderie with colleagues wherever she was. She loved plants and had a side business of garden design, build and maintenance for a time. She often grew a vegetable garden in the summer and enjoyed canning and food preservation. She was well-known for her wild style of dancing, a bodily expression of freedom and unconventionality. She had magnetic energy, overflowing laughter and gave the best hugs.
Jess enjoyed writing, her skill manifested itself in prolific journals, poignant poems, letters to friends, and a hand-pasted zine called Vif-Argent, which she started in high school and published occasionally through her early twenties.
Jess was a crafter, bestowing handmade gems upon her family and friends and selling them though markets, items such as knit and sewn scarves, blankets, bags; and beautiful earrings and hairpins. She became an avid photographer several years ago, capturing an intense, curious beauty in the everyday scenes of life, from grand sunrises and stormy skies, to banal parking lots and buildings. She loved swimming in Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, and had fun playing competitive games of ping-pong, especially with her Dad.
Jess lived and loved more than most in her four short decades here on earth. She found beauty in all the world around her, and joy through simple pleasures and relationships with family and friends. She was bold, passionate, talented, creative and also patient, accepting and caring. She is and will continue to be dearly missed by all who knew her. A private memorial was held on December 29, 2020. A public memorial event will be held on Sunday, September 19, 2021 from 1pm - 4pm at Fort Gratiot County Park.