Jill Jacobsen-Parish: June 8, 1951 – March 3, 2023
Elizabeth Jill Jacobsen-Parish of Bellingham, Wash., passed away at the age of 71 on March 3, 2023, after a short battle with pneumonia. Her husband of 26 years, John Parish, was by her side.
Jill was born on June 8, 1951, in St. Boniface, Manitoba, Canada. Moving to Vancouver, B.C., Jill received her BA in International Relations from University of British Columbia and went on to several roles with Tourism British Columbia, Vancouver, where she made lifelong friends.
Jill and John met at a resort in Canada and married in 1997 at the Santa Barbara Courthouse. After moving to Santa Barbara, Jill joined Allergan to organize large workshops and educational events nationwide. Jill made many more lifelong friends while living in Santa Barbara County.
Jill and John moved to Bellingham in 2013 to be closer to Jill’s Canadian home and her friends from the tourism days.
Jill was best known for her generosity, her quick-witted humor, her sense of style, and her thoughtful soul. Her personality made it easy to adore her, and impossible to forget her. She has left an indelible imprint on those she loved and will be greatly missed by many. John was the love of Jill’s life, and she was his. To honor Jill’s memory, hug your loved ones.