Jessica “Jess” Lee Mandeville


Jessica Lee Mandeville, age 35, was born on March 18, 1987, in Chillicothe, Ohio to Lee
Mandeville (Byrd) and Michael Mandeville. Jessica (Jess) was an only child and her
parent’s biggest blessing. She was known to be generous, loyal, family oriented, feisty,
and brutally honest. Although small in stature, she had a gigantic personality and was
loved by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.

Jess was a graduate of Independence High School (2005) and was among the first
graduating class at Columbus Culinary Institute. Upon graduation, she completed a
one-year externship at Paris Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada. Jess was a chef at Willow Brook
Christian Community. As a teen, Jess was baptized at New Salem Missionary Baptist
Church, and in the Columbus Children’s choir. Every summer Jess looked forward to
attending Hamwi Diabetes camp.

Jess enjoyed horror films, boy bands, playing games and eating at new restaurants. Not
only was she a chef at her job, but she also enjoyed cooking for family and friends. She
loved to cook and eat Italian and was mastering the art of making homemade pasta.
Jess’s bright smile and contagious laughter was infectious and would shift the whole
atmosphere in a room.

In September 2012, Jess received a kidney and pancreas transplant. She was a
spokesperson for the Kidney Foundation and participated in several kidney walks. Due
to the gift of life she received, Jess was compelled to become an organ donor.
On Friday, September 23, 2022, Jess transitioned to be with the Lord. On Sunday,
September 25, 2022, at ST. Ann’s Mount Carmel Hospital, her liver was given to save
another life. Her lungs were donated to OSU for research and teaching purposes. Even
in rest, Jess was still giving.

Jess was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Jean Ann Byrd and her
cousin, Major Eric Stovall. She leaves to cherish her parents; paternal grandfather,
Lincoln T. Mandeville; grandmother, Linda J. Mandeville; Aunts, Maria Garner (Ray);
Erica Mandeville; Uncles, J.R. Byrd (Susan); Brian Byrd (Beth); Jason Mandeville (Nicole);
and Charles Napper; Godmother, Kirsten Hinton (Wendell); Godfather, Larry Balfour;
several Godchildren; a host of relatives and friends. Although Jessie did not have any
siblings, she had four “besties” Mekeia Adams, NaTera Toles, Brittany Sutton, and
Christina Williams.

Visitation 1:00 PM and Funeral Service 2:00 PM Saturday, October 1, 2022 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave. (one block east of Noe Bixby, turn North on Lonsdale Rd).

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Condolence Messages

  1. I am so very sorry for your loss, I am keeping your family in my prayers at this difficult time. God makes no mistakes, Jess is flying with the angles, she has earned her wings. She will forever be in your heart

    Love you all

  2. Larry & Linda Griffin

    Michael & LeeAnn, We have no words my dears. Parents are not supposed to bury their children. You are in our thoughts & prayers. Love you both. Mom Griffin

  3. Fabienne Goins-Butler

    My deepest condolences to the entire family.

  4. My sincere condolences to you and your family. Jess is gone from your sight, but NEVER from your hearts.

    With love and remembrance

  5. I dod not know Jess personally only through Facebook but I know she was a sweet amd kind soul. I pray for continued peace and comfort for all those close to her.

  6. I was a nurse that helped take care of Jess for a period of time with Davita. She was a kind and funny spirit. She will be missed by all.

  7. My deepest condolences to the whole family.

  8. I was so sorry to hear of Jessica passing. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends during this difficult time.

  9. Adrienne L. D’Souza

    Lee, Michael & Family,
    Please accept our sincere condolences in the passing of your beautiful Jessica daughter. We are so very sorry for your loss and are praying for you & your family. May God be with you & your family today and always.

    Adrienne & Viren D’Souza
    Chillicothe Ohio

  10. I’m so sorry for you loss, I know there are no words of comfort to say to you, but I am truly sorry.

  11. Joseph Holloway

    Condolences from Joseph Holloway and family. God’s love will provide every need.

  12. Chef Maureen (Mo) Lisi-MacReady

    This eulogy is so very much Jess! It represents everything that we will miss and the amazing gift Jess was in this world.
    I was blessed to be one of Jess’s Chef Instructors at CCI. The program was not easy and I certainly held The Originals (my nickname for the inaugural class members ) to a very high standard. Jess met the challenges and frustrations with faith, humor, determination and the love of her fellow is
    Nearly impossible not to love Jess once you knew her. Jess’ light shone so brightly here and she always made a difference for the better here. I can only take solace in that with her Angel wings she soars free of pain and limits. Love you, Jess!

  13. My condolences to you and your family at this time I like to pray for you all and keep you all warm and safe.

  14. My sincere condolences to my family. Love and prayers. Aunt Cindy #foreverinourheartsjess #flyhighangel #neverforgotten

  15. Karen Mandeville

    My Deepest Heartfelt Condolences to My Family, I Love You so Very Much. You are always in my Prayers. May God Comfort, Strengthen and Keep you at this difficult time. God only picks the Best and she is one of His Best. God has the Master plan and will Heal Our Broken Hearts in Time. ✝️

  16. We are so truly sorry! She will be forever missed! Love y’all so much! We are here for you!

  17. Ronda Carter/New Salem Baptist Church

    To the Family,

    My heart goes out to Jess’s parents. There are no words of comfort for this kind of pain.
    Please know that I am praying for only the strength of the Lord to carry you both.

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