Jamie Marie Surls
  • 39 years old
  • Date of birth: May 12, 1977
  • Place of birth:
    Okeechobee, Florida, United States
  • Date of passing: Aug 31, 2016
  • Place of passing:
    Port St. Lucie, Florida, United States
It takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, and a day to love them, but it takes an entire lifetime to forget them.

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Jamie Marie Surls, 39, born on May 12, 1977 and passed away on August 31, 2016. We will love and remember her forever.

Jamie Marie Pietrzak, 39

Port St. Lucie – Jamie Marie (Surls) Pietrzak died August 31, 2016. She was born May 12, 1977 in Okeechobee to Chester Alan Surls and Teresa Susan Murdach. A resident of Okeechobee until she graduated from Okeechobee High School in 1995, Jamie was a resident of Port St. Lucie. She enjoyed spending time with her family, the beach, fashion, and design.

Jamie is survived by her daughter, Hunter Lynne Pietrzak of Port St. Lucie; mother, Teresa Almond; father, Chester Surls ( wife Joy); brother, Cory Surls all of Okeechobee; sisters, Cherie Morgan ( husband Scott) of Jonesboro, Louisiana and Rene Almond of Okeechobee; grandmother, Ann Surls of Okeechobee; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Kelly Callicoat on 27th February 2018

"Jamie, you are forever missed and loved, but you are surely in heaven smiling down as you look upon your daughter, mom, dad, brother and sisters.  

Here is your February poem (one of my favorites) #MYLY

Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

Robert Frost"

This tribute was added by Kelly Callicoat on 24th January 2018

proud ...that's what you would be (and I'm sure you are) of your daughter Hunter.  Proud of your sisters, Cherie and Rene, your brother Cory, and of your nieces and nephews.    

We all Miss You and Love You (#MYLY)    
- here is your January poem,  Uncle Kelly

By Herself and Her Friends
If I should go before the rest of you
Break not a flower nor inscribe a stone,
Nor when I'm gone speak in a Sunday voice
But be the usual selves that I have known.
Weep if you must, Parting is hell,
But Life goes on, So sing as well.

Joyce Grenfell"

This tribute was added by Kelly Callicoat on 26th December 2017

"Merry Christmas Jamie.  I know you are watching and happy with the success of your daughter and nieces and nephew.   #M.Y.L.Y.  (miss you, love you).   ~ Uncle Kelly.

Here is your December poem, this one borrowed from John McCullagh:

Christmas Past

There is a spot
atop a hill
beneath an old shade tree.
It is the place my parents rest
and thus is dear to me.

It is a pleasant spot they chose,
now blanketed in snow.
I place my wreath and give a thought
to a Christmas long ago.

That Christmas Eve my father brought
a tree that filled the room.
My brother worked to fix the lights.
The girls sang Christmas tunes.

Atop the tree an ornament
A star that shone like gold.
Reminder of the miracle
of Christmas long ago.

The house is gone
and they have gone
Their youngest has grown old.
Still I recall my sisters voices
and that star that shone like gold."

This tribute was added by Kelly Callicoat on 22nd November 2017

Well it's almost Thanksgiving(my favorite holiday) but it seems to somehow have lost some of the appeal it once held for me. (It's still my favorite holiday, but the more family and loved ones that have passed it now leaves me feeling more melancholy with each year.    
Love & Miss you.

Here is your November poem....

(I think the author is Nekia Thompson).   This one "speaks to me", I hope you enjoy it too.


When Tomorrow Starts Without Me

When tomorrow starts without me, I will not be here to see,
That the sun will rise and find your eyes; filled with tears for me,
But please know you're always in my heart, and I will forever love you,
And know, each time you think of me, I will be missing you too.

When tomorrow starts without me, I need you to understand,
That an angel came, he called my name and took me by the hand.
He told me it was time to go up to heaven far above,
And that I have to leave behind all those I dearly love.

When tomorrow starts without me, I know that you will cry,
For all my life I’d always thought that I would never die.
I had so much life ahead of me; I had so much to do,
It seems almost impossible that I was leaving you.

When tomorrow starts without me, I think of the good days, and the bad,
I thought of all our fights, next to all the fun we had.
If I could have stayed, just for a little while,
I would say I'd always be here, and then I'd make you smile.

When tomorrow starts without me, I'll realise that this could never be,
As all that would be left of me, is frozen in memories.
Then I thought of all the beautiful things that I would miss tomorrow,
I thought of you and when I did my heart was filled with sorrow.

When tomorrow starts without me I will walk through heaven’s gate,
I will feel at home even without my soul mate.
I know this is what I wanted, deep down within my bones,
And God looked down and smiled at me from his great golden throne.

When tomorrow starts without me I see everything He promised me,
“Today your life on earth is past, and now you can be free.”
“I promise no tomorrow as today will always last,
And since it's all the same you will not be longing for the past.”

So when tomorrow starts without me don’t think we’re far apart,
For every time you think of me I’m right here in your heart."

This tribute was added by Kelly Callicoat on 14th October 2017

"{Jamie, here is your poem for October}


A limb has fallen from the family tree,
I keep hearing a voice that says
"Grieve not for me.   Remember the best times,
the laughter, the song,
the good life lived while I was strong.
Continue my heritage, I'm counting on you,
Keep smiling surely the sun will shine through.

My mind is at ease, my soul is at rest,
Remembering all, now I truly was blessed.
Continue traditions, no matter how small.
Go on with your life, don't just stare at the wall.
I miss you all dearly, so keep up your chin,
Until the day comes we're together again."

-Author unknown

I think of you every day now, every time I think about your mom, or your sisters, or your beautiful daughter Hunter (you would be so proud of the young woman she is becoming).   Miss you much -  Uncle Kelly."

This tribute was added by Cherie Surls-Morgan on 4th September 2017

"I am sending a dove to heaven with a parcel on its wings. Be careful when you open it, it's full of beautiful things. Inside are a million kisses, wrapped up in a million hugs. To say how much I miss you, and to send you all my love. I hold you close within my heart and there you will remain. To walk with me throughout my life, until we meet again. Author Unknown
To My Sissy Orange, If I could just have one more day with you. I miss you terribly. There is a void in me that will never be filled. I hope you know how much I love you"

This tribute was added by Teresa Almond on 27th August 2017

"It's been one year ago today since we spent the day together. I regret leaving you and going home. I miss you so much and wish I had more time with you. I know you are at peace and feel your spirit around me at times. I know one day God willing I'll be with you again ."

This tribute was added by Kelly Callicoat on 15th August 2017

"Jamie, my thoughts return to you more now than ever. Miss you more everyday.  

"If I should die and leave you here a while,
be not like others sore undone,
who keep long vigil by the silent dust.
For my sake turn again to life and smile,
nerving thy heart and trembling hand to do
something to comfort other hearts than thine.
Complete these dear unfinished tasks of mine
and I perchance may therein comfort you."
   - - Mary Lee Hall"

This tribute was added by Kelly Callicoat on 7th July 2017

"Jamie, it is hard to believe that it has been almost a year since you left.  Your family and friends all miss you so incredibly much.   Here is your poem for July.  Miss you/Love you.  (Uncle Kelly)

When I come to the end of my journey
And I travel my last weary mile
Just forget if you can, that I ever frowned
And remember only the smile

Forget unkind words I have spoken
Remember some good I have done
Forget that I ever had heartache
And remember I've had loads of fun

Forget that I've stumbled and blundered
And sometimes fell by the way
Remember I have fought some hard battles
And won, ere the close of the day

Then forget to grieve for my going
I would not have you sad for a day
But in summer just gather some flowers
And remember the place where I lay

And come in the shade of evening
When the sun paints the sky in the west
Stand for a few moments beside me
And remember only my best"

This tribute was added by Kelly Callicoat on 2nd June 2017

""The Peace of Wild Things"

When despair grows in me
and I wake in the middle of the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting for their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
(Wendell Barry)

Jamie, you are missed by so many and so dearly loved,
but we know you are free now, so go and rest in the grace of the world
and the peace of wild things.  Until we see you again."

This tribute was added by Kelly Callicoat on 12th May 2017

"So go and run free
So go and run free with the angels
Dance around the golden clouds
For the lord has chosen you to be with him
And we should feel nothing but proud
Although he has taken you from us
And our pain a lifetime will last
Your memory will never escape us
But make us glad for the time we did have
Your face will always be hidden
Deep inside our hearts
Each precious moment you gave us
Shall never, ever depart
So go and run free with the angels
As they sing so tenderly
And please be sure to tell them
To take good care of you for me

Happy Birthday Jamie,"

This tribute was added by Kelly Callicoat on 3rd April 2017

"Until We Meet Again
by Unknown
Each morning when we awake
we know that you are gone.
And no one knows the heartache
As we try to carry on.

Our hearts still ache with sadness
and many tears still flow.
What it meant to lose you,
No one will ever know.

Our thoughts are always with you,
your place no one can fill.
In life we loved you dearly,
In death we love you still.

There will always be a heartache,
and often a silent tear,
But always a precious memory
Of the days when you were here.

If tears could make a staircase,
And heartaches make a lane,
We'd walk the path to heaven
And bring you home again.

We hold you close within our hearts,
And there you will remain,
To walk with us throughout our lives
Until we meet again.

Our family chain is broken now,
And nothing will be the same,
But as God calls us one by one,
The chain will link again. 

We miss you dearly JMS"

This tribute was added by Kelly Callicoat on 2nd March 2017

"There’s little joy in life for me,
And little terror in the grave;
I’ve lived the parting hour to see
Of one I would have died to save.

Calmly to watch the failing breath,
Wishing each sigh might be the last;
Longing to see the shade of death
O’er those belovèd features cast.

The cloud, the stillness that must part
The darling of my life from me;
And then to thank God from my heart,
To thank Him well and fervently;

Although I knew that we had lost
The hope and glory of our life;
And now, benighted, tempest-tossed,
Must bear alone the weary strife."
        -  -  -{Charlotte Bronte}
Jamie, it's been just over six months now
we never realized how we would all miss
you until you left."

This tribute was added by Cherie Surls-Morgan on 25th February 2017

"It seems unreal, almost 6 months without you. There is not a day that goes by that I dont miss you. There is a void that will never be filled. If I had known the last time I saw you I would have stayed longer. I just want one more day. I miss you Sissy Orange"

This tribute was added by F. Bennett Callicoat on 24th February 2017

"Babe, I think about you all the time. Miss your pretty smiling face and your encouragement. The world is a worse place for your absence.

Praying for you."

This tribute was added by Terriea Pethybridge on 6th January 2017

"Still can't wrap my ahead around it that your gone... it's just not fair. The most awesome person I ever knew... I miss you so unbelievably much.
Every day it hurts that your gone. Everyday!"

This tribute was added by Teresa Almond on 1st January 2017

"It's been four months since you left us here. Hunter reminded yesterday we had lunch togeather. Time is but a number of measurment, there is no way to measure the change in ones life after loss such as you leaving. Nothing is ever the same. We had lunch talking and remembering you. Today is the start of a new year. I will see Hunter again and hope to have family and friends to join to begin the year with love. We are eating where you and Hunter liked to go, so you will be with us too in spirit. Miss you so much"

This tribute was added by Kelly Callicoat on 27th December 2016

"Christmas seemed a little dimmer, just a little less festive knowing that you weren't there to celebrate it with your mom, your dad, your sisters, your brother,  and especially your daughter Hunter.   But I took comfort thinking of you in Heaven smiling down on your family, knowing you are doing your best to watch over them from on high and still smiling."

This tribute was added by Teresa Almond on 30th November 2016

"Thanksgiving will never be the same.  Our last one was the best you went to sleep in my bed for hours. Hunter , Rene and I had fun playing games and eating. When you got up you were so happy and stayed to visit longer. Then you wanted to do Black Friday at Walmart and came back over for that. We had a great time. I think of you and miss you so much."

This tribute was added by Cherie Surls-Morgan on 15th October 2016

"I am forever grateful to God for giving me the time with you he did. For me it was not enough but I know you are still with me even though I cannot see you. There is a huge whole in my heart that will never heal. I love you sissy orange.  Rest in peace my baby sister, your struggles on earth are over."

This tribute was added by Kelly Callicoat on 14th October 2016

"I find myself going to this site to look at pictures of my niece Jamie almost every other day and listening to the music or watching the videos, and while I know she is in a better place and no longer suffering, I miss her more every day and wish I could speak with her at least once more.   Love you Jamie - although your passing has left a hole in so many hearts, I take some some comfort in knowing you are looking down on us and always smiling."

This tribute was added by Teresa Almond on 1st October 2016

"It's been one month since your service and I miss you so much. I think of you and your smile, and cherish all our time we had togeather."

This tribute was added by Teresa Almond on 8th September 2016

"I was given a baby turtle today and when Shelby helped me set up the tank Rene was looking at the turtle and I remembered how you had pet turtles when you were little. You would take them out and play with and I would tease you about not using them as a toy car. You loved all animals, and insects. Always tender hearted."

This tribute was added by Teresa Almond on 8th September 2016

"Thinking of your smile always makes me happy. I know you are at peace and all you wanted to finish you accomplished. My brothers said Cherie has my fire, you have my heart and Rene has my looks. Now i feel a void. I know you were ready. It's just not seeing you or hearing you that I'll miss. I love you always"

This tribute was added by Kelly Callicoat on 6th September 2016

"For my beautiful niece Jamie.  Such a sweet, sweet person taken away from us much too soon.  Our hearts are heavy but they are eternally buoyed by thoughts of your amazing smile and our precious memories of you."

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