Jessica Starr Guter
August 24, 1971 – April 12, 2018
Jessica Starr Guter, 46, of New Bern died on April 12, 2018 after a courageous yearlong battle against pancreatic cancer. She was a beloved daughter, sister, wife and mother. She is survived by her husband of 23 years Tim and their children Jake, Josh and Meghan. She is also survived by her parents Donna and Allan Starr, brothers Aaron (Melanie) and Jeremy (Jeannie), mother in law Barbara Guter, sister in law Kristen Fyfe-Mills (Doug), brother in law Rick Guter, niece Kayla Fyfe and nephew Trevor Fyfe. She was preceded in death by her father in law Richard Guter. Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, she graduated from The Perkiomen School where she captained the tennis and lacrosse teams. She received a BA in elementary education from Greensboro College and an MA in elementary education from North Carolina A&T. She taught in the Guilford and Craven County school systems, the latter at Brinson Elementary. For the past 17 years she was a teacher at the First Presbyterian Pre School. She loved being a Mom to her children and all the preschoolers she cared for. She especially enjoyed being with and taking care of her beloved Boxers Otis and Chance. She spent many happy summers in Duck, NC where she enjoyed the beach and spending quality time with her family. In all respects she was devoted to her family and was the ultimate Soccer Mom. Special thanks from the family to all those who cared for her at The Duke Cancer Center and CarolinaEast Medical Center during her arduous journey. Their compassionate care will be forever remembered by her family. In lieu of flowers consider donations to the Duke Cancer Institute Eisert Research Fund for Pancreatic Cancer and/or The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. And many thanks to all her friends who raised money for Duke Cancer Center at several fundraising events. A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, April 20th at 6 pm at Cotten Chapel, visit one hour prior from 5 pm – 6 pm (business casual attire) Reception to follow. Burial will be private. Arrangements made by Cotten Funeral Home & Crematory. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.cottenfuneralhome.com for the Guter family.
- Visitation Friday, April 20, 2018
- Memorial Service Friday, April 20, 2018
Jessica Starr Guter
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April 18, 2018
Jess and I met through a mutual friend, at the beach, when we were 19. We became fast friends ... spending the next few summers together and creating a foundation for a life long friendship.
Jessica’s realistic attitude, wild curly blond hair (which I always coveted), and spectacular sense of humor had me at ‘Hi’. I mean come on - I wanted to be this girl’s friend! Those first summers were filled with lots of sun, laughter, riding in Jessica’s car listening to Wilson Phillips, watching Dirty Dancing, and talking into the night. I was even there to help Jessica get ready for her first beach date with Tim!
I think I’ve spent more time in my life talking to Jessica than any other person. As we got older and even if we had not talked in awhile — as soon as we did, her voice made me smile, and we were gabbing and sharing life stories like we had seen each other just yesterday.
I will cherish our friendship always. Her voice, her dating advise (which I still need), her laughter, her honesty, her compassion, her love for animals, her everything ... I will miss terribly.
May the stars rise up to met her ...
For they have a long distance to go to catch her absolute awesomeness.
Sending much love,
April 14, 2018
Dear Tim, Jake, Josh and Meghan,
I was so terribly sorry to receive the news tonight of Jessica's passing - particularly not knowing her battle this past year due to our move. Our family will always cherish the memories of our backyard playtimes with the kids during their earliest years in our first homes. You were truly good friends during our newlywed years when our children were so young together making our early years in New Bern wonderful. I'll never forget the kids' smiles and infectious laughter filling our common driveway. Jessica was always there for us when needing a hand with anything and even taught our youngest daughter Elena at First Presbyterian.
Please know that you and your family are forever in our thoughts and prayers.
With loving memory - your friend,
April 14, 2018
Laura and Sara still remember"the most beautiful bride"when they danced with you on your wedding day .Your strong love, devotion to your family , students , and friends will live on in them.Rest in peace.
Barb, Sara , and Laura