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OBITUARY

Jessica Pay LIANG

July 14, 1989May 17, 2019

Jessica Pay LIANG was born on July 14, 1989 and passed away on May 17, 2019 in WASHINGTON, District of Columbia.

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Erika O’Conor

May 30, 2019

Dear Jessica,
You were my best friend when I moved to Houston in 8th grade, I didn’t know anyone and it was so wonderful to meet you in Mrs. Dickey’s after school pottery class, where we’d laugh and learn about one another and get rides home with our moms. In high school we formed a group of friends and had a blast together with so many laughs and good times. I’ll never forget the contagious twinkle in your eye or the way you supported me. When I had to pick a second foreign language to study, you told me that if I picked Chinese, you would help me. I was hesitant, but with your encouragement and assurance, I went for it! You helped me learn the strokes and made recordings for me to practice my tones and taught me Chinese language songs and would meet me before class on quiz days to give me feedback on my pronunciation. This was a beautiful gift Jessica, one that would ultimately change my life course and open up so many amazing experiences for me. None of that would have happened without your help and encouragement. I miss you Jessica. You have touched my life in many beautiful ways. I will always love you and cherish memories of our time together. So much love to your family and everyone whose life you touched.

Jordi Ng

May 29, 2019

Jess,

I will never forget your beautiful smile. You always brought fun, joy, and laughter whenever I saw you. Thank you for lighting up the world in those moments.

I will miss you.

Love,
Jordi

Jennifer Nguyen

May 29, 2019

Jessica,

My first memory of you was actually over the phone. I didn't actually speak to you, you were speaking to someone else but you were on speaker. You talked about how you met some of your best friends while pledging. You were motivating someone (and myself, indirectly) to stick it through. Even though you didn't stay in the sorority, in hindsight I realized you probably only had that conversation for your best friend who was. Turns out I met some of my best friends through that process too. That conversation always stuck with me.

My most recent memory of you was in Hawaii. You did the Crouching Lion hike literally 30 minutes after I did and after I saw your Instagram story I messaged you about it and we bonded over how much it sucked. I saw you later at the luau and I laughed when you told the story about you (or was it your sister?) throwing the water bottle up the path because you couldn't carry it.

You are loved, and you are missed.

Julyann Tu

May 28, 2019

Hey Jess,

It seems like just yesterday we were in Hawaii, commiserating over that Crouching Lion Hike. Like, who are we even?! Ever since we met a decade ago, you've been one of the funniest and wittiest people I know, from summer weekends in College Station to working in O&G and randomly running into each other all over Houston. No matter how much time had gone by, it was like no time had passed at all. Your friendships are unparalleled and you are, and always will be, so loved by so many. Thinking of you today and every day.

Love,
Julyann

Linda Zang

May 28, 2019

Dearest Jessica,

I have so many things I want to say to you because I never thought we would run out of time together. Mostly I want to say that I will miss you, your beautiful smile, laugh, and overall fun loving attitude. Today is my wedding anniversary and two years ago you graced us with your presence on the most special day of my life so thank you. Today I am flying to Houston, TX for you.

I will miss you, I took for granted seeing you at all the major events of mine and our friends. I am so grateful I got to spend time with you in Hawaii and I will never forget all my cherished memories with you. I hope you are at peace now. Love you.

Linda Zang

Danny Nguyen

May 28, 2019

Dear Jessica,

Some of my best memories in College Station was spending time with you and the Tau girls whenever y'all would come to our place just to hang out and have fun. I remember you and I talked about how much we both loved Kaskade and when he finally announced a concert for Houston back in 2011, we were both so excited to go, we bought tickets immediately and were counting down the days until the event.

You're one of the sweetest and most caring souls I've ever had the pleasure of meeting and it clearly shows through other people's memories of you.

You'll be forever loved and missed.

Nadia Benyamin

May 28, 2019

Hey Jess,

The greatest lesson I have learned from losing you is this: if you miss someone, tell them. If you love someone, scream your love to the world. If you regret things, apologize. If you want to text them, do. So many things I should have, could have done to be a better friend to you.

I wish you all the happiness that you have ever sought. I wish you everything else you have ever felt short. I wish you knew what everyone else knew that you were always ENOUGH, MORE than enough.

I never had a chance to tell you one last time, but I always loved you. I always cared for you. I always missed you. Thank for your beautiful friendship, Jess. I'll treasure your memories forever.

Cristal Liang

May 28, 2019

It still feels so surreal that you're no longer physically with us, Jess. It's hard to formulate into words how much you meant to me because that's not what our friendship was about. It was about staying loyal and accepting one another during our ugliest times because what's life if people just stay for the good times? The memories that I have with you are so colorful and vibrant because that's the type of person you were Jess, you never ceased to be the life of the party and to make sure people were having a good time. I still remember you coming down for my wedding and the heartfelt words that you told us right after our ceremony. It's moments like these where I can't accept that you're gone. To never see you at another event, to never receive another random text about coordinating outfits .. I can't believe it. It gives me comfort to know that at least you're in a better place and that you accomplished so much during your lifetime. Love and miss you Jess.

Abby Gonzalez

May 28, 2019

Smart, charismatic, and beautiful is all the memory I have and need of you.

Jennifer Den

May 27, 2019

Jessica,

Over the past few years, I didn’t get to see you too often but I still remember all the times I spent with you. I remember traveling in Taiwan with you when I was in 3rd or 4th grade, when we went white water rafting in the rain, the time we secretly went to McDonalds one night to get a hamburger. I remember the time Melody and I walked to Rice Village when we were supposed to stay at home, and it started raining so of course you came to pick us up. I remember you coming to Austin when I was in college and taking me out to eat lunch, which was such a treat since I hadn’t gotten to explore the city. And every time I’d visit Houston and you were in town, you would always take Melody and me out to eat at somewhere fun.

Even though I didn’t see you often, I’m so glad we kept up every now and then over the past 5 or 6 years. You are one of the most thoughtful people I know. You had such a good heart and personality. You knew how to make everyone in the room comfortable and bring everybody together. I wish I had spent more time with you, and I really wish there was more left. I lost part of my family, but I also lost a friend I thought I’d have forever.
I hope you know how loved and missed you are wherever you may be. I’ll always cherish my memories of you.

Love,
Jen

FROM THE FAMILY