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Kati Taylor  
Well I never met Jennifer but I know for sure she was an awesome person, daughter, friend and much more. From all the stories Karen have told me I wish I would have gotten to meet her so I could have experienced the joy she brought to everyones life that she knew. As I hang out with Kelley I just think of how great of a girl Kelley is and I know she owes alot of that to her sister amazing Jennifer who helped her grow up! When I am with Karen I realize how much she loved her daughter which reminds me that she was so great! I love the whole Benton Family and I wish them the best in the time still to come!
Jun 01, 2005 03:14 PM

Gabriel Gagnon  
I often wonder why people like this end up in positions like these. I've been thru mystery drug overdoses buying pieces of unknown paper and didn't think of the unforseen results of another's careless actions or mine. My brother is a police officer here in Michigan and they are blue for a reason,like jennifer's. Stay strong and vigilant and always keep the faith. Love and Light, Gabe...
May 14, 2005 11:10 PM

Kerri Danek  
St. Charles Il  
To all of Jennifers family and friends Please pray for the Benton family once again, with Mothers Day approaching and other trials they have yet to face I know how hard this day is for Karen( Jens Mom and my best friend)that this day is harder than any other day of the year the pain of losing Jen is sometimes unbearable.Karen if you read this I love you may you find comfort in your faith, try to stay strong Jen is smiling down on you. Drew your the Best you know I love you too. Anthony you are your Mothers ROCK I know Jen is so proud of you. Kevin your the Best drummer I know even though I've never seen you play,its so wonderful you share the Love of Music just like Jen and you know she and Jesus are watching over you. Kelly you are so lucky God has given you so many gifts and Jen misses you as much as you miss her. May God Bless all of you and I will always keep you in my prayers I wish I was'nt so far away so I could hug all of you. Karen Happy Mothers Day Love me
May 07, 2005 08:44 PM

Love, Jennifer's Mom
The Broken Chain We little knew that morning that God Was going to call your name. In life we loved you dearly, In death we do the same. It broke our hearts to lose you, You did not go alone; For part of us went with you, The day God called you home. You left us peaceful memories, Your love is still our guide; And though we can not see you, You are always at our side. Our family chain is broken, And nothing seems the same; But as God calls us one by one, THE CHAIN will link again. Love you Always and Forever MISS YOU SOOOOOOOO MUCH!! Love Mom
May 07, 2005 08:10 PM

Kelli ( jennifer's little sister )
Phoenix, AZ  
Jenny I love u and miss u sooo very much and I know ur having fun in heaven BUT... I still cry for u and I still wish u could be here when I fight with Kevin so I can call u up and have u come over well I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE... ur baby sis, KELLI xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo
Apr 27, 2005 05:12 PM

Alison Hall
Crystal Lake, IL.  
I knew Jennifer way back in High School and there was never a dull moment to be had around her! I think it is wonderful what has been set up in her honor and for every festival-goer out there! My thoughts are with her family and all those who were able to experience her unique and memorable spirit! Be safe to all those who plan on traveling around to festivals this summer!
Feb 28, 2005 06:38 PM

Ann Kukulski
Crystal Lake, IL  
I have thoughts of Jennifer often, and decided to "pop in" and visit the guestbook. Just reading the poems from Jennifer and the stories from Karen are so sad and overwhelming. It is so unimaginable the pain that everyone still has. Kevin still stays in touch with Kelly via the internet so that is a good thing. Our neighborhood is so different now. Gone is the laughter, the friday happy hours, the trips with the kids, the blasting of the sterio, the BoDeans, Summerfest on and on an on. I hope all is well & hope that the kids will come visit you when they take a trip w/Don in June to Sedona, and Pheonix. Miss you all.
Feb 11, 2005 09:42 AM

Matt Zalansky  
Kansas City, MO  
Luke 23:42,43. Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." And Jesus replied, "I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise." We love you and miss you Jenn.
Feb 03, 2005 11:01 AM

Mike Bhatti
Phoenix, Az  
I was a good friend of Jennifer’s from high school. The time I got to spend with her is everlasting. I will always remember her smile and her positive outlook of life. One thing I can say about Jen is she Lived. I will always remember and cherish the times I had with her. She truly touched my life and I thank her for that. I was in New York when this tragedy happened and was unable to attend any of her memorial services. I would like to tell all her family and friends that Jen will always be in my thoughts and her impact in my life will never be forgotten. From the bottom of my heart, I am truly sorry for your loss. As I write these words a memory of Jen comes to mind. We were driving home from a night out and we had a tire blow out. We pulled over immediately and I asked her if she had a spare tire and a jack. When we went to the trunk to get the stuff out, there was a Frisbee laying there. We looked at each other, and instead of changing the tire right away, we opted to throw the Frisbee for a while. So there we were, with a broken car, and we were throwing the Frisbee in the middle of the street, sharing laughs and having fun. Thank you Jen, I will always remember you. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:29-30
Feb 01, 2005 09:37 PM

Colleen Hawthorn
Nashville, Tennessee  
Thanks for the information concerning auto accidents, as well as including campsites. Very cool. You guys are doing a great thing here.
Jan 31, 2005 09:28 PM

Christine Cetwinski
Surprise, Az (formally of Crystal Lake, IL)  
Had this crazy dream last night, not quite sure what it meant. I was driving in my car in Chicago, and my passengers were, my deceased Grandfather, Jennifer, and my brother Lenny. It goes into detail but not much that would make sense. I just shook it off til I opened my email this morning and saw the email from Karen with Jennifer's poem, so I found Jen's website and thought I'd post. It's amazing how long it can be since we last seen those we adore but yet are still so close that we can dream as if they were still with us.. Thinking of all you Drew, Karen, Anthony, Kev, and Kelly.. Talk with you all soon...
Jan 29, 2005 12:58 PM

Karen Benton Jennifer's mom
Phoenix Arizona  
Jennifer's Poems 3 of 3 The place is of beauty So subtle in dreams I close my eyes once They stay closed, it seems There are no more questions The answer is here For the place we’re in now Is a place without fear-
Jan 29, 2005 08:13 AM

Kaen Jennifer's mom
Phoenix Arizona  
Jennifer's Poems 2-3 Sad, lost, so alone Why do you look like you can’t find your home You gaze my way A smirk appears Fake it was Just a friendly stare Taken by something I can not see I think you are just a reflection of me! Ignorance in the way we look at life We take, we kill, we feel no pain The damage we cause leaves no remains It could be simple, it could be nice I swear to you this, if you take my advice Turn you head now and change how you live If you do this for me, you will learn how to give!
Jan 29, 2005 08:11 AM

Karen Jennifer's mom
Phoenix Arizona  
These are poems Jennifer wrote at N.A.U about 6 months before the accident 1 of 3 Rain, water, wind, and sea Is what I thought you meant to me Comfort within the sacred place I gave unto you with no disgrace My soul, my life, my love to be The realization was blind, for I did not see As the journey went on, the story must end My life must advance, to my very own end I thought for a time You were all I had known I would not turn around, I would never look back For the new adventure awaits My confidence I lack Happy, real, finally free I am depending on only me Welcome world, I am here to stay A beautiful woman, living her own way!
Jan 29, 2005 08:09 AM

Karen Jennifer's mom
Phoenix Arizona  
Part 2 These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It Is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete. Remember, spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever. Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side. Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn't cost a cent. Remember, to say, "I love you" to your partner and your loved one but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you. Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again. Give time to love, give time to speak, and give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind. Take time to Pray for them and with them. AND ALWAYS REMEMBER: Life Is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. If you don't send this to Family & Friends..., who cares? GOD bless you all Please pass the word about this web site,Remember Jennifer always wanted everyone to love everyone for who they are and to live every day to your fulliest!! Love ya Karen
Jan 29, 2005 08:02 AM

Karen Jennifer's mom
Phoenix Arizona  
Thoughts for the new year: The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness. We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, watch TV too much, and PRAY too seldom. We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often. We have learned how to make a living, but not a life. We have added years to life not life to years. We have been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We have done larger things, but not better things. We have cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We have conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We have learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less. These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes.Go to next page
Jan 29, 2005 07:55 AM

Brie Arnolde
Crystal Lake, IL  
hello to all of the bentons. Jennifers lose was a devestaing thing, and this neighborhood missing her, and all of you as well. I remember my mom would drop me off before school in the morning and me and Kevin would watch tv while waiting for the bus to come, and I always admired Jennifer. I also remeber Mrs.Benton and Mrs. Kukulski sun bathing in the front yards of their houses while everyone was playing outside. We all miss you around here, best of luck to all.
Jan 22, 2005 12:16 AM

Corbie Reece
Crystal Lake  
"The death of anyone who has touched lives in an extrodinary way is a devistating loss; however, grievance for these special individuals is harder if they have only just begun this crazy journey we call life." This is my thesis for my upcoming paper that I am writing about Jen. We only spent a few short months on this planet as friends; nevertheless, she altered my view on how we should spend the precious short time we have on this planet. I don't ever recall Jen saying bad things about any person that came across her path and she always had as positve outlook on life and a smile on her face. She is with utmost respect gone but never forgotten. The reason for me writing this certain paper about Jennifer is to share with any person that reads it what a wonderful, loving person Jennifer was and to celebrate her life while she was here with us. If anyone has anything they feel would be a contribution to this paper please e-mail me at the above address. I would like to share not only my memories of our friendship but those memories that others may have. Jennifer is gone from our sight, but never from our hearts. :)
Jan 14, 2005 08:12 PM

Erin Drucker
Crystal Lake, IL/Iowa city, IA  
Jennifer, I have been thinking about you alot lately. I keep having dreams that we are driving around in your old tempo...the blue torpedo. Remember that thing...we had so much fun in that car. Remember when we got caught for drag racing on our lunch break at central and the cop let us go. You know the toyota would have kicked your ass. That was a great day. Anyways just reminicing with you. Love you always.
Jan 12, 2005 10:14 PM

Flagstaff, AZ  
The day is January 1, 2002. As we put ourselves back together after a great New Years Eve celebration, a night of brilliant music, dancing and laughter among friends, I slip on my oversized, cotton, full length "fur" and step out into San Francisco’s brisk winter day. Jennifer is standing on the stairs of the hotels entrance preparing for her journey back to Arizona. We share a few laughs about the night before and agree that we cannot let a week pass before we see each other when we return to Flagstaff. She writes not just one, but three phone numbers on a small piece of paper as we promise not to let too many moments go by before we hang out again. I give her a hug and assure her that I will be in touch back in Flagstaff and that we have many more good times to share. The day is January 1, 2005. I have just awakened from a nap and rejoin the New Years celebration with some friends at our New Years Day "reception". I slip on my oversized, cotton full length "fur" and cozy up on the couch. I reach my hand into the pocket of my coat and to my amazement pull out a small piece of paper that reads Jennifer Benton, in quick, sloppy writing, with three numbers written below. I cannot believe after all these years, and all the times I have worn this jacket, that I never found this piece of paper. As tears start to gather in my eyes, I know that Jennifer is there, sitting beside me, as she always is in each walk of life. It obviously did not take three phone numbers written on a small scrap piece of paper to keep our friendship tight, but it did assure me later, just as it assured Jennifer that day on the stairs that we still have many good times to share and that few moments pass between thoughts of our everlasting friendship. I love you Jen, and miss you so much. Thanks for popping in the other day. Your friend forever, Aubrey
Jan 08, 2005 02:54 PM

Katie Schaefer
Phoenix, AZ  
I think this site is great and its so wonderful what you guys are doing. I never meant Jennifer, but from all the stories Karen tells us, i cant wait to meet her in Heaven. - Katie Schaefer
Jan 02, 2005 12:02 AM

Manny Garcia
Flagstaff, AZ  
I am often drawn to old memories of friends and family during the holidays, especially this year. I lost my nana this year and it was sad to not have her around for Christmas this year, it wasn't the same. I am also thinking of Jennifer and all the great times we had. I just wanted to say that many of you are in my thoughts and I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season. Take care everyone. --manny
Dec 29, 2004 07:32 PM

Courtney Koscielniak
Crystal Lake  
I know it has been a while since I have wrote. I just want to say that I am always thinking of you Jen, ALWAYS!! Every time I hear, "like a prayer" by Madonna I think of us dancing around in her room singing into brushes. Every time I hear, "Have a little faith" by Jewel, I think of us laying in her room and not saying anything because it was our, "thinking song". And every time I hear "Meet Virginia" by Train I think of her closing her eyes, slapping her knee, and singing at the top of her lungs. You are all around me, US, all the time. I miss you very much! I miss the Benton family as well, hello all, I hope you all are doing well. Luv, Court
Dec 23, 2004 05:31 PM

Mike Weakley   none
Tukee AZ
I love kevin and hope the best for his family. This is a great thing.
Dec 18, 2004 02:13 AM

The Benton Family
Phoenix, AZ, USA
We want to thank EVERYONE for taking the time out to share your thoughts, and stories on this website. We GREATLY appreciate it!! We want to just let everyone know that we are working to resolve the unwanted/unauthorized advertisements that have been posted to the guestbook, it has gotten out of control, this is NOT what this site was designed for. We have contacted the website company and are waiting for a resolution. This has been an ongoing issue, and we are hoping for a quick & permanent solution. In the meantime, please continue to visit, and pass on the message... We Love You All! The Benton Family
Nov 09, 2004 12:00 AM

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