ForeverMissed
Celebrating the Life of Jennie Muñoz
On Wednesday, March 31, 2021, Jennie Muñoz, loving daughter, sister, and friend passed away at 43.  She was born on January 18, 1978 in Stockton, California to María Socorro Vargas and Juan Muñoz-Botello.  With hard work and dedication, she went on to achieve a Bachelors and Masters in Social Work pursuing her lifelong passion for championing human rights around the world. Jennie's determination to serve on the front lines of foreign policy even took her overseas on tours in Venezuela and Sudan.

She was generous and a fighter for those in need. The list of strengths she embodied are too numerous to list but top among them; her love of family, her faith, her resilience, adventurous spirit, zest for life, internal nobility, and authenticity are a banner to follow.

Jennie is survived by her mother, her father, her siblings, family, and friends. 

The celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, April 10th, 2021 at St. Joseph on Capitol Hill. This will be open to all who would like to pay their respects to Jennie. Please note there will be protocols in place due to COVID-19 (maintain social distancing at all times and protective mask) and a virtual option.

St. Joseph Catholic Church: 313 2nd St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Memorial Service Information:
Saturday, April 10th, 2021 | Eastern Time

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.   Visitation Viewing                                                                                     
9:30-10:30 a.m.   Family Reflections                                                                               
10:30-11:00 a.m.  Rosary                                                                                                   
11:00-12:00 p.m.  Mass
12:00-12:45 p.m. Procession to Resurrection Cemetery 
12:45-1:45 p.m. Right of Committal at Resurrection Cemetery

Cemetery Location: 
Resurrection Cemetery
8000 Woodyard Rd
Clinton, MD 20735

To join us remotely: Virtual Viewing & Celebration of Jennie Muñoz
https://youtu.be/EUWvizbu-8k

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating:  
https://www.gofundme.com/f/JennieMunoz


“I believe that in order to achieve something, whether it be success, love, or prestige, one must go through obstacles and overcome them with endurance, courage, and most importantly, love for all things. Therefore, I can say that my future may be full of struggles and hardships, but I will overcome them with strength and spirit, just as my parents taught me.” - Jennie Muñoz, Briar Cliff University Review 1997

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Posted by Sylvia Kuennen on April 11, 2021
Remembering: Jennie, Remembering you and all the wonderful contributions you made to Briar Cliff and the social work program. I remember your family coming for your graduation and what a happy occasion it was. Sylvia Kuennen, Professor of Social Work, retired. 
Posted by Raul Daniel on April 10, 2021
I learned today (10 April 2021) of Jenny's passing after Mass. My prayers go out for the repose of her soul & for the healing & comfort of her brothers & sisters & especially Maria, her mother. God protect you all & give you strength .
Posted by Glenda Nixon on April 9, 2021
Thank you for posting so many fabulous photos of Jennie - she was a world traveler and connected to so many people! And she had a great sense of humor and playfulness. Our deepest condolences to the Munoz family at this really difficult time of loss. Jennie was a bright light.
Our love and prayers,
The Nixon family
Posted by Maria Eugenia on April 7, 2021
Jenny cuando vi tu noticia de que nos dejaste se me cayó el alma y desde enontces me llega recuerdos desde el día que yo te conocí hasta el día de hoy todos esos momentos que juntas compartimos y de esas ideologías que los dos coincidímos pero la verdad es que juntas hicimos cosas maravillosas juntas compartimos nuestro corazón incondicionalmente para hacer esos servicios sociales y de caridad a esas familias que necesitaban nuestra ayuda en tu memoria todas esas personas deseamos que estés en el mejor lugar que descanses en paz mi querida Jenny nunca te olvidaré fuiste para mí más que una amiga.
Posted by Joe Lyons on April 7, 2021
Jennie, It's been nearly 21 years since we last saw each other as we graduated from Briar Cliff. I was in complete shock to see the post that you had passed. I can still see your big smile when we crossed paths on campus. You were a kind, compassionate, and cool person that brightened the world. I hope your family and friends find God's love as they mourn your loss. The world may not be as bright as once was, but Heaven had gained a bright star/angel. May you rest in peach and perpetual light shine upon you. 
Posted by Dominque Grisby on April 7, 2021
Jennie, I am so sad that you are no longer with us. I watched as you pushed forward while going through treatment and I really admired your strength. I will miss your bright smile and witty sense of humor. Although we wished you had stayed with us longer, God needed you more. Rest well.
Posted by Gregory Adams on April 7, 2021
I was shocked and saddened to learn of Jennie's untimely death. She was a wonderful colleague and delightful friend who never failed to lift the spirits of everyone around her during our three years together in Caracas. I can only imagine the distress of her family and close friends for having lost her so soon, and my sympathies are with them. But in my grief I find it hard to remember Jennie without smiling, even if just a little, and trust that everyone who had the privilege of knowing her feels the same way.
Posted by Zvart Yegavian on April 6, 2021
Dear Jennie, even though we didn't work closely, but your memory will always stay with me. I am so sorry and shocked that you had to leave this earth so early, but I guess when the final call comes, we all have to follow it... May God rest your soul in peace and console your loved ones during this difficult time. Rest in eternal peace.

Former US Embassy employee, Khartoum, Sudan
Posted by Lubna Gadalla on April 6, 2021
Dear Jenne we are completely shocked in Sudan.... Omg dear you are still too young.... May your soul rest in peace.... You were so genuine original and above everything human.... I cannot believe till now.... You are greatly missed dear... Pray for your soul always :(
A candle of humanity switched off today omg shocking
Lubna Gadalla
Former IRM... US DOS employee
Posted by Shirley Fineran on April 5, 2021
I had hoped to have a long and wonderful conversation with Jennie soon, but that was not to be - in this time space. Jennie was a special and unique woman. She had a fire that burned within her that she carried with her as she served others and lightened the heart of those she met along life's journey. I was privileged to be her social work professor and advisor/mentor at Briar Cliff University. I will always have a special place in my heart, Jennie, for your smiling and beautiful spirit. My prayers and sympathy to her family and friends. May special memories sustain you during this time of loss.     
Sister Shirley Fineran, OSF
Posted by Cynthia Echeverria on April 5, 2021
You called me "sister," as I did you; It's because you treated your friends like sisters and brothers and in your absence sealed a larger family. I miss you so much Jennie. I'm thankful for the times you were fun, sassy, determined, vulnerable, and spiritual. In all of it - you gave so much of you to make people feel special. I'm still in shock, because I didn't think this day would come. And in the window to God that you were, I will find comfort in knowing you are still with us.

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Posted by Sylvia Kuennen on April 11, 2021
Remembering: Jennie, Remembering you and all the wonderful contributions you made to Briar Cliff and the social work program. I remember your family coming for your graduation and what a happy occasion it was. Sylvia Kuennen, Professor of Social Work, retired. 
Posted by Raul Daniel on April 10, 2021
I learned today (10 April 2021) of Jenny's passing after Mass. My prayers go out for the repose of her soul & for the healing & comfort of her brothers & sisters & especially Maria, her mother. God protect you all & give you strength .
Posted by Glenda Nixon on April 9, 2021
Thank you for posting so many fabulous photos of Jennie - she was a world traveler and connected to so many people! And she had a great sense of humor and playfulness. Our deepest condolences to the Munoz family at this really difficult time of loss. Jennie was a bright light.
Our love and prayers,
The Nixon family
her Life

Hill City High School

1995 Ranger Homecoming Royalty  - George Clinton and Jennie Munoz were crown King and Queen
1995 University of Minnesota LEAD Program Participant
In 1996 Jennie graduated in Hill City High School was Salutatorian. 

2000 Graduated from College

Graduated from Briar Cliff College with Bachelor in Social Work, Summa Cum Laude.

Awards:
Recipient of National Hispanic Scholarship
Recipient National Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Scholarship

Americorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC)

Jennie served diverse communities related to education, public safety, environment, and unmet human needs. She supervised and instructed 15+ Habitat for Humanity Colligate Challenge Students in various construction duties and projects, resulting in construction four new homes for families. 

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With deepest sympathy.

Shared by Kathleen Lewanczuk on April 9, 2021
Dear Maria , family and friends. My deepest condolences in your loss of beautiful Jenny.RIP I remember meeting her many years ago while visiting my sister, Glenda Nixon in Rapid City. She was so beautiful inside and out.You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult and sad time.Blessings and love, Kathleen Lewanczuk.  Edmonton,  Alberta, Canada 

Ray of Sunshine

Shared by Michelle Rhubottom on April 5, 2021
I had the pleasure of knowing Jennie in college at Briar Cliff.  She always had a smile on her face, was full of compassion and a dear friend to many.  As I read of her numerous involvements she was certainly an angel on earth. I am saddened to hear of her passing and pray for her family and loved ones.  Nothing but fond memories of you Jennie!  Rest in peace.