Jessica Lynn “J Lynn” Shields

Jessica Lynn “J Lynn” Shields came in to this world in Billings, Montana on May 10, 1977 and left it on July 17, 2016 in Chicago IL. She was the daughter of Susan Leonhardt of Baggs, WY and Charles Shields of Des Moines, IA, sister of Jeremy Shields of Livingston, MT and Brooke Leigh and Ric Betancur of Chicago, IL. Aaron McMannis of Des Moines, IA, Andrew McMannis of Red Lodge, MT and Stephen “Chas” Shields of Spokane, WA., Uncle Court Shields, Boston, MA, Aunt Cathy Shields of Spokane, WA, nieces Anniah Betancur and Brooklyn Kimble, nephew Brenan Betancur and special to many family and friends too numerous to name. J Lynn attended elementary K-3 and junior high school at Wind River Schools in Pavillion, WY, University Prep at the University of Wyoming grades 4-5-6, high school at Little Snake River Valley Schools in Baggs, WY. At Little Snake River Valley Schools she participated in the whole school experience of a small rural school, she was the President of her Senior Class and Valedictorian among other awards and achievements over the years. She attended the University of Wyoming in Laramie. Her celebration of life was held in Chicago IL where she had lived for 20 years and had worked in the service industry most of her working career. She was characterized as a “Star-tender” and a collector of people. While working at various venues in Chicago, she met many much-loved friends as well as celebrities. There were many who spoke of how generous she was in her life with love, kindness and her willingness to give you the shirt off of her back if you needed it. Many told stories of how she had a dramatic influence on their lives and was always willing to lend a helping hand. They spoke of her sense of humor and zest for life. She knew and loved many while she lived her life in her way with no apologies. Not only was she a giver in life, but was her wish to be a donor so that others could live on in a better healthier way. She was preceded in death by her grand parents Dave and Eva Leonhardt of Riverton, WY, Steven and Claire Shields of Billings, MT, her aunt Collie Shields, cousin Stephany Geise and her beloved dog Peterson “Petey”. #county10 #obits