In everybody’s life there is a light that makes them want to be a better person, to achieve more, and to love more deeply. For all the people that knew Jillian, she was that light. A beloved daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece, cousin, and friend, Jillian Nicole Clark departed this world unexpectedly at age 22 on July 4, 2019. Born to Jeff and Eileen Clark, Jillian grew up in Kenner, Louisiana. Jillian had a joyful soul, giving spirit, and loving grace. Although her enthusiasm for life was cut short, it was a life lived to the fullest, with an unparalleled compassion for others. Beautiful dimples that perfectly accompanied the most genuine and radiant smile is just one of many reasons those who loved Jillian will never forget her face and always remember her heart.
As a young girl, her competitive spirit led to a love of sports, where she excelled in swimming and volleyball. At her high school, she was a member of the Mt. Carmel Academy varsity volleyball team, where she won two state championships in 2012 & 2014. She was recognized by her team as a Captain and was selected to the All State and All Metro teams. Jillian began her volleyball days playing in travel leagues for Crescent City Juniors and Krewe club teams.
Jillian accomplished so much academically. In high school, she was a member of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2015. Jillian went on to study at LSU, where she graduated from the College of Science in Biology Cum Laude. Her Junior year, she completed a summer semester abroad learning program in Innsbruck, Austria, where she traveled with new and old friends all across Europe, creating treasured experiences for so many to remember. She was also a member of Phi Mu Sorority, Vice President Best Buddies LSU and played for the LSU club volleyball team. She just completed her MCAT exam to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a doctor.
Jillian enjoyed exploring and visiting new places with family and friends. When she wasn’t traveling, she was perfectly content coming home to relax and going out to eat at restaurants to “throw down” with her family. She also loved shopping, just like her mom and hanging out with her cousins, fishing at the houseboat and being with family.
She is survived by her parents, Jeffrey and Eileen Clark; her brothers, Keith Chatelain (Valerie) and Matthew Chatelain (Holly); grandparents, William “Bill” Clark (Mary); nephews, Dhax Tribou and Niall Chatelain; and six aunts, five uncles, thirteen cousins, many more relatives and countless friends.
She was preceded in death by her grandmothers, Karen Clark and Mary Ellen Battaglia Rapier; and her grandfather, Joseph B. Battaglia, Jr.
Jilly Boo, you will be missed each and every day! Until we see each other again in our eternal life.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass at St. Ann Church & Shrine, 3601 Transcontinental Dr. in Metairie, on Tuesday, July 16, 2019. Eulogies will begin at 1:00 p.m., with Mass to follow immediately after. Visitation at the church will begin at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Lake Lawn Park Mausoleum and Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials in honor of Jillian Clark may be made to St. Michael Special School, 1522 Chippewa Street in New Orleans, Louisiana 70130, ATTN: In Memory of Jillian Clark or go to www.stmichaelspecialschool.com and click on “In Memory of Jillian”.
The family invites you to share your thoughts, fond memories, and condolences online at www.lakelawnmetairie.com.
St. Michael Special School1522 Chippewa Street , New Orleans, Louisiana 70130