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Jillian O'Hara
  • 70 years old
  • Date of birth: Jul 24, 1943
  • Place of birth:
    Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Date of passing: Jan 14, 2014
  • Place of passing:
    Yucca Valley, California, United States
Light. Love, Imagination, Joy, Healing, Beauty, Sparkle, Flight, Laughter and Faith. Our Jillian embraced us all. Fly away to the angels. Dance with a new song. Your laughter will fill our sunsets.
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Jillian O'Hara, 70, born on July 24, 1943 and passed away on January 14, 2014. We will remember her forever.
Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Shawn Hoffman on 14th January 2017

"It was 3 years ago that you passed away... We love you and we miss you... You are always in my heart. We will always miss you, but we know you are enjoying Heaven... Fill Heaven with your laughter and joy...

God bless you mom."

This tribute was added by Louise LaGuardia on 25th July 2016

"HAPPY BIRTHDAY BEAUTIFUL JILLIAN!!! I did not know it was your birthday yesterday until after many many thoughts of you on my walk!!! I first decided to do "your walk" up Sage which is no longer my usual path....I thought of you....As I got to the top of the hill I stretched my shins on the goal rock at the top of the hill...talking to you...hoping you have met out friend Debbie who reminds me of you..Angel sisters!!!..Then on my way down the hill I spotted 4 of those yellow reflectors that you used to pick up and use for art work...Too bad ...they were still tarred down...Anyhoo...Thank you for your kindness and care...I know you are in a beautiful peaceful garden....Paradise! xoxo Your Yucca Friends...Steve and Lou

This tribute was added by Ruth Schwartz on 25th July 2016

"Thinking of you, Jilly-Poo, and so missing our conversations. And I know I can still have them with you, because you are and always will be a powerful presence in my life. I just posted a great photo a came across recently of you here in our home, celebrating your 70th birthday with your Marin friends. It was Sunday, August 18th, 2013, and you looked so happy."

This tribute was added by teresa hoffman on 24th July 2016

"Happy birthday to you! (Birthday happy dance) Miss you but I look forward to the day we meet again."

This tribute was added by Shawn Hoffman on 24th July 2016

"Happy birthday Mom. We love you and miss you so much. Even though we know we will see you again someday in Heaven, we all miss your beautiful laughter and joy. Love you always Mom"

This tribute was added by Tanya Burak on 24th July 2016

"Ms. Jillian ... miss your wisdom and your laugh here on earth!
And WOW (Jillian) would I love to sit and share both with you now ... your truly other worldly wisdom and laughter! And the "bunny bunnies"."

This tribute was added by Shawn Hoffman on 14th January 2016

"Remembering my mother Jill today, remembering her wonderful laugh, remembering her warm hugs. I will always remember her for all her love and support, the breath of fresh air she was... and is... May her love and laughter light up Heaven like it up our lives while she was here. Still hard to think of her without tears... Miss you mom."

This tribute was added by Louise LaGuardia on 14th January 2016

"Jillian will never be forgotten...Her "Presents" are felt often in Yucca Valley...Every time I drive by her home....Each time I make it up to the top of Sage ( her walking path)...When I look out my kitchen window where I would see her diligently walking...I think of her and feel gratitude and LOVE for the beautiful gifts she shared...Tenderness...Love...Knowledge...Caring...Interest...Humor.......She was and IS a ray of sunshine....xoxo..Love and Miss you Jillian..."

This tribute was added by Shawn Hoffman on 25th July 2015

"Yesterday was my mother Jill's birthday, and I could not bring myself to write on this page… I miss her one-of-a-kind laugh that would fill the room… I miss her smile… I miss her heart… nobody could lift people's joy quite like my mom. She was one of a kind.

I know she's in Heaven, I know she no longer has to struggle with the aches and pains of this life, and I know she is dancing….

For anyone who reads this, I humbly encourage you to love your family, tell them how much you love them, show them how much you love them… because when they are gone, you will not get a second chance to tell them, you won't get a second chance to show them… you won't get another chance to hug them.

Isaiah 25:8 -- "God will destroy death forever; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces…""

This tribute was added by Ruth Schwartz on 24th July 2015

"Since Jillian moved to Yucca Valley many years ago to take care of her mom and be close to Sean and his family, and since we moved into our current home where we had a great guest room, she would often come back to Marin County around her birthday and stay for a week or more. It was always a delight to have "my sister" around."

This tribute was added by Louise LaGuardia on 24th July 2015

"Happy Birthday Beautiful Jillian!!!I think of you very often,,,,,Every time I walk "your" hill up to the rock at the top of Sage you are dear in my thoughts...Steve and I miss you...Our Love Always and Forever....Peace and Love...."

This tribute was added by luana lynch on 15th January 2015

"Dearest Jilly,  It is hard to believe that you were actually 70 years old, you were forever so young and vibrant, even at 70.  I love you darling."

This tribute was added by Shawn Hoffman on 14th January 2015

"When your mother dies you are never the same. My Mother, Jill, died one year ago today... And I miss her dearly. It has taken me this long to be able to write anything on this page, it was just too painful...

Every time I think of her, I pray a very simple prayer... "God, please tell my mother that I love her, and I miss her, and please give her a hug for me..."  I love you Mom... you are forever in my heart... and I will always miss you... I know you are enjoying Heaven, I know you are no longer in pain, and that is one of the few things that comfort me..."

This tribute was added by Tanya Burak on 14th January 2015

"Teresa ...

Thank you Teresa. I love the photos you have added. Jillian always told me how beautiful her family is ... this was an understatement!
I hope all your dreams are moving forward. I know she is with you every step of the way.

It is hard to believe it's been a year. Yet in ways Jillian's presence was so large and colorful the space seems as if it has been empty for longer?

Always grateful she is a part of my life ...her laughter, her wisdom will always be a living treasure memory.

Namaste Tanya
"Bunny Bunny""

This tribute was added by Jean Kathryn Carlson on 14th January 2015

"Jillian…. your smile and spirit linger and brighten my days. I know you are flying and well."

This tribute was added by teresa hoffman on 14th January 2015

"One year since you left us...we miss you. Fourth of July fireworks weren't the same without your cheers, birthdays you were missed, christmas morning was different...we will always remember you. God's love and healing come every day."

This tribute was added by Louise LaGuardia on 6th February 2014

"I was at the kitchen window looking out at the desert on Sage Ave, Yucca Valley..this morn....Whenever I am at the kitchen sink I glance out in hopes to see our new friend, Jillian....Steve and I are part timers in Yucca...Still work in L.A. but get out to our "tranquility" spot about 3 times a month....We have enjoyed the desert for 4 years now..Jillian was our first neighbor and friend that we met in Yucca.......So NORMAL!!! Both Steve and I instantly felt a wonderful connection.....We could always count on our special new friend Jillian to be walking her walk up Sage Ave.....straw hat perched on her head...trekking for the top of the hill....She always stopped to visit with her kind cheer and good desert advice...."Do you guys know how SPECIAL it is to have hawks choose your pine to nest in???" "Louise,,,this yellow flower is such a treat to have in your garden!! Some think it is a weed but it is a NATIVE plant!!!" " Hi guys!!! Hope you don't mind your plants needed a bit of water and I gave them a drink.."..."Can I give you some advice on trimming your oleanders???" Such a warm hearted, POSITIVE, GIVING person....Loved hearing about Jillian's family...such pride in her sparkling eyes...Turns out Jillian went to high school where our daughter attended...St. Monica Catholic High in Santa Monica...She was one of those people you meet in life that you just feel a heart connection to instantly.....We feel such sadness at Jillian's passing but at the same time feel extremely honored to have been blessed with her friendship....I will continue to remember Jillian as I gaze out my kitchen window on Sage in Yucca Valley..I will miss seeing her straw hat trekking up the hill   Yet, we will forever treasure our friendship and be always grateful that our lives crossed paths...That we were fortunate to meet our new friend , Jillian....Now and Forever our DESERT ANGEL..."

This tribute was added by Charlotte Holtzermann on 26th January 2014

"Dear Jillian,
I treasure the book you gave me, A Feminist Tarot, and think of you whenever I read it. We shared stories and laughter in Rina s kitchen.
You told me so emphatically about eating protein as an O positive. I loved ushering at Music Angelica after you left LA. We loved your
Gusto and your spirit. Brava sister Jilly. Loving you, charlotte"

This tribute was added by Antonina Lackey on 25th January 2014

"Dearest Jillian,

I got the chance to meet you and see you a couple times. You knew my mother Gina Briganti. Your passing has effected her deeply. You suggested to her that I should check out the Elite Cosmetology School to further my career opportunities. I did, I enrolled, I saw you once (I hope whoever you had took care of you), and I graduated and became employed last year. I pay my respects because I wouldn't be here without you, Jillian. You will be missed! Thank you for your presence on Earth and in our lives."

This tribute was added by Dawn Clark on 25th January 2014

""Jillian was a true light unto the world. I am blessed to have know her, and to have had the opportunity to share space with her. Her Light shines on through her work and through the inspiration she imparted in others along the way. Thank you, Jillian, for Being!""

This tribute was added by luana lynch on 25th January 2014

"Dearest Jillian, My dear friend you will always live in my heart.   Such a teacher for me, your full true feminine self expressed itself in your fun and laughter, wild and generous intuiive spirit.  I know that you are swinging on a star and blessing us all, especially to your family.  Thank you for your last words, "I love you".  I hope those will be my last words too someday.  I love you dear friend."

This tribute was added by Renee Baribeau on 24th January 2014

"Thank you for having a place to leave a few words. I can feel the love as I read through the posts. Jillian holds a special place in my heart. She was a member of a local organization I founded,  Desert Holistic Network. She was a pillar of strength. I am very sorry for your loss, and grateful for this moment to cherish her memory."

This tribute was added by Eleanor Haspel-Portner, Ph.D. on 24th January 2014

"Jillian graced my life with her warmth and intelligence, coming into my life and assisting me in editing and formatting many of my early materials while studying with me. Her spirit was inspirational and encouraging and I often think of the time she worked for me with fond affection. I know her spirit is soaring as she flies with spirit and spreads love to all from beyond the physical. Many blessings to all who join in missing her physical form."

This tribute was added by Brigitte Kruse on 24th January 2014

You were a true light in my life. You always said the most encouraging words. Your wisdom was truly inspiring to me, and your inner beauty unlike any I have ever imagined was possible. You trusted a young auctioneer that no one had ever heard of, and you were my first customer. You believed in me when no one else would give me a chance. God Bless you and your beautiful soul. My deepest sympathies go out to your lovely family.

With a happy heart because we knew you,
Brigitte Kruse

This tribute was added by Beverly Lenz on 19th January 2014

"Thank you, Theresa , for giving us such a lovely place to share our thoughts and memories of this beautiful, and special lady--our Jillian.  I was fortunate to know her as a friend, a client, and as a student (and yet she was my teacher in so many ways).  I was blessed to be an advocate for her at her many doctor appointments.  I was ready to be there to give her strength but came away knowing that she was the one who gave strength to me -her courage, faith, and grace in the way she handled her illness. Her laugh was infectious and could light up a room. Her love, healing energy and gift of intuition made a difference in so many lives.  And Jillian is still saying to us what she said on her answering machine and this time she is including "I'm having a fabulous scrumptious day!"  You are so loved, Jillian."

This tribute was added by Diana Spink on 16th January 2014

"Although I did not know Jillian very well, I felt close to her near the end because of the obvious love and prayer requests from Shawn and Teresa. One could tangibly feel their love and passion for her recovery.  I am so thankful that she is at peace now with Jesus, and pray for comfort for all her family who loved her so much."

This tribute was added by Mary Klorer on 16th January 2014

"I wrote your name in the sky
but the wind blew it away
I wrote your name in the sand
but the waves washed away
I wrote your name in my heart
and forever it will stay.
We will miss you Jillian. I will always treasure the memory of you celebrating Jesus birthday with our family this year. We were never more aware of how important family is in our lives. I know you are safe in His arms this very moment."

This tribute was added by Catherine Livingston on 16th January 2014

"I got to know Jillian a little after her diagnosis with breast cancer. I too am living with metastatic breast cancer. She was, and is a bright spirit. I have no doubt that she is dancing on rainbows right now. She will be missed! She is an amazing soul.
Love, Cat"

This tribute was added by Johanina Wikoff on 16th January 2014

"Sweet soul full of enthusiasm for all of life, sweet, tender, joyful spirit fly free into the vast absolute space. Thank you for showing up and shining your light my way. Wishing you deep peace."

This tribute was added by Teri Bigio Berling on 16th January 2014

"One more thing...
Dear Jillian,

You will be missed, dear hearted soul. Your big heart, your caring, your ongoing support of so many around you made such a difference to us all and in the world. Yes, you will be missed. Yes, your smiles will always be remembered, and light up my mind.

I feel privileged, too, to have known you and counted you as a friend. My gosh, we had so much fun at Lori Grace's, and at the other fun and special things we did over the many past years.

I and we all, bless your journey to the light.

With deep respect,
Teri Bigio Berling and Robert Berling"

This tribute was added by Jean Kathryn Carlson on 16th January 2014

"Thank you all for loving and caring for Jillian.  Although I did not have a lot of time with her, the time was full of meaning and love.  Her love and enthusiasm and encouragement made a difference in my life as well as many others.  At one time I asked her to help a friend in her area get through a challenge and, of course, Jillian did.  May her smile and laughter light up the skies even as they sparkled on her Earth walk."

This tribute was added by Teri Bigio Berling on 16th January 2014

"Sounds like Jillian lived a full and worthy life, and she's on a very exciting journey into the divine beyond so she can come back when the planet is even more interesting than it is now, and she will have a lovely new spirit body to explore with. Jillian will be missed."

This tribute was added by Teresa Walters on 16th January 2014

"Mom and I are so sorry to hear of Jillian's passing. She was a special lady. Our prayers go out to your family. May our Lord bless and comfort you. Heaven became an even brighter place when she arrived."

This tribute was added by Ruth Schwartz on 15th January 2014

"Thank you so much, Teresa, for setting this up, for loving Jillian so much, being there for her and for her awesome son/your husband, Shawn. I will never forget the 10 days I got to spend with her. I have to say one of my favorite memories of our time together then was both of us enthusiastically eating In N Out burgers in the car in Thousand Palms. I also have a couple of recent photos that I will find and post here.

I went to the movies yesterday afternoon in honor of Jillian, something she loved to do with her friends or by herself. I clearly felt her presence."

This tribute was added by Susan Dugas on 15th January 2014

"Jill, we are so blessed that you were able to share your life with us.  Every time you were around the day was brighter.  It has been over 15 years since Teresa and Shawn became a family and our immediate families were merged, and we looked forward to every occasion we would see you.  You will be missed here on this Earth but we look forward to the day we will see you again.   Luckily, we see parts of you in Joshua and Micah and we will remember you every time we see you in them."

This tribute was added by Tanya Burak on 15th January 2014

"Oh Dear Jillian ...

You are so beautiful and just as I see you now!

Your energy is so powerful and so full of light I really feel it reflecting in the room as well as in my heart.

As much as I would love to be at the movies with you and hear your unabashed laughter, have one last love and wisdom filled session or one last "bunny bunny" hug ... I too am happy you are now soaring among "like" Spirits.

I will stay alert as I know I will be "hearing" from you which I am awaiting with great curiosity and pleasure.

If anyone will be reaching out from behind the veil it will be you ... and probably not too subtlety. Yea You! Much love and great respect dear soul sister.

Teresa thank you for this beautiful gift for us ... a beautiful way to pay  tribute to a great soul.

Ms. Jillian O'Hara, very very proud mother of Shawn, her much beloved daughter-in-law and her two beautiful grandchildren ... who we have come to know through her love are brilliant, as well as very good souls.

Namaste ... Tanya

PS If I can't download one of these photos can I get a copy from one of you out there? The one with Shawn as a baby would be wonderful."

This tribute was added by teresa hoffman on 15th January 2014

"So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. - 2 Corinthians 4 :16-18 New Testament. This was the last scripture I read to her minutes before she 'went home'."

This tribute was added by teresa hoffman on 15th January 2014

"Jillian passed on January 14, 2014 at 5:10 pm. The sun was just setting and a warm light filled her bedroom. God's peace was tangible. The crystal hanging in her window spread rainbows of light all over. The last words she spoke were, "I Love You"."

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