Jennifer Annette Rios Ludden

March 12, 1983February 6, 2019

As I sat down to begin writing... suddenly the ability to find words escaped me.

How does one even begin to describe a tragedy like this?

With the shock and disbelief we are all still carrying, it’s almost as if wrapping letters, words, and sentences around our heartache will make it all the more real.

When we bring our babies into the world, we do so under the impression that we will leave this earth before them.

We spend years preparing them for our departure, hoping that we’ve given them all the tools they’ll need to carry on after we’re gone.

Can they cook the Thanksgiving turkey? Have they prepared for their retirement? Who will they call on their way home from work every day?

Can they love deeply? Will they be able to protect their hearts? Do they know what my final wishes are? But, how on Earth were we to prepare ourselves for life after the loss of one of our babies?

On Wednesday, February 6, our family was blindsided by the loss of our sweet Jenny.

She was 35 beautiful years young, and taken from us far too soon.

As our hearts break into tiny pieces and fall to the floor before us, we stand over the remnants just waiting to wake up from this agonizing nightmare.

Every time her name is said in reference to her passing, it’s as if we’re living in an alternate reality. It can’t be true, but yet... she’s not here.

She won’t be making the salads anymore for family dinners. She won’t be writing birthday cards with meticulously impeccable handwriting.

She isn’t here to pour the champagne for our traditional Christmas Eve sharing, or to create beautiful artwork for our homes.

She’ll miss sleepovers with her nieces and nephews with blowup mattresses, endless movies and popcorn. We won’t get to hear her witty sarcastic humor, or endless “Friends” references.

Her contagious laugh and genuine smile can only be experienced in the sweetest depths of our dreams.


  • Funeral Service Wednesday, February 13, 2019
  • Graveside Service Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Jennifer Annette Rios Ludden

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Jennifer Mendibles

February 18, 2019

Awe my sweet Jenny!!!
How could I forget your beautiful smile and the way you would run to me when you saw me as a child. Ill never forget being in the family restaurant with you standing on my shoes as we danced to our favorite songs. We share the same name and thats just one of the reasons you loved me so much. Ill never forget you long flowing hair, your beautiful smile and your quirky little self. May you rest in paradise forever Jenny...
Love Jenny ❤💔

Caitlyn Rios

February 15, 2019

This week. Oh man, this week. What do I even say about this week?

One week ago, this world lost a special woman, a loving daughter, a devoted wife, a fun-loving aunt, and a hell of a sister. Today, we said goodbye, and celebrated her life the way we would have, had she been right there by our side. As the shock and disbelief fades, and life without Jenn Ludden becomes our new reality... I am so beyond thankful to have this beautiful family, holding each other together every step of the way.

Jenn was truly one-of-a-kind. She was witty, with a smart, thoughtful humor behind almost everything she had to say. Except of course, in those genuine and loving moments when she shared her heart openly.

She never settled for less than perfect, making exceptions only for the people she loved most in this world... who were privy to her heartfelt ability to love wholly, and allow for mistakes. She saw things others couldn’t, and her attention to every beautiful detail in this life became her trademark.

She was gorgeous. Man, she was so beautiful. It sounds weird, but I remember how she was always so clean... her jewelry was always sparkling, and she smelled like laundry and freshly-washed hair. She loved classic board games, and ate sliced vegetables like I do anything peanut butter-related.

This life truly will not be the same without her here... but it is so much better having been graced with her presence, even if only for a short time. I will hug my family a little tighter tonight, and every night. I will tell them every day how deeply I cherish them, and I will continue to strive for the best possible version of myself... every single day.

We love you, Jenn.

Mario Encinas

February 14, 2019

Wes, Al, Casey and family,
How to find words to express my sympathy in your loss of a beautiful, smart and vibrant person so early in life. I had the pleasure of working with Jenn for almost six years. She always would light up the office with her charm and wit. I lost my wife during the time that I worked with her and she was always there for me. She would let me grief, but always had a way to make me feel better. I'm still in disbelief of her passing and she will be deeply missed, but I know we will see her again In the heavenly place that God has saved for us. Take Care & God Bless. Mario Encinas

Tecia Alexander

February 13, 2019

Jennifer Annette is finally here. She has pink rosy cheeks and soft brown hair.
She's a little angel, God sent from above. He gave her to your family to care for and love.
She'll be a beautiful child from her little head to her feet.
She'll thank you for your love, because love is what makes our life complete.💖

Witten by her God Mother Tecia Alexander.

Tianna Leigh

February 12, 2019

Jenn... my heart is broken. You were like my sister for so many years. The memories and impact you made on my life will live on. You were always an angel on earth and now our guardian angel. You will be so missed and I'm sending so much love and strength to the family. You will always "be my lady". Love you and miss you already so much. Love, Nani

Penny Kelly

February 12, 2019

"Dancing with my baby girl"

Penny Kelly

February 12, 2019

Penny Kelly

February 12, 2019

I send my heart with My Jenn
Your Mom

Bobby Jo Wertz

February 11, 2019

Casey I am so deeply saddened by the news of your loss. I pray that God will grant you the strength to get through the shock and heartbreak. I am so blessed to have known Her, she was such a sweet, beautiful person inside and out. She will be greatly missed. All my love and prayers to all friends and family

Paula Grau

February 10, 2019

My sincere condolences to the family on your loss.