Jennifer Searing grew up in Harford County, Maryland. She attended North Harford High School where she was president of her senior class. While in high school, she was awarded the Girl Scout Gold Award for her work with migrant children and a Senatorial Scholarship for her community service. Before graduating from Towson State University in 1990, Jenny completed a year abroad at Melbourne University in Australia. After graduation, she worked for the City Paper in Baltimore. Jenny was a caring and sincere young woman. Those who knew her, even for a short while, felt blessed by her presence in their lives. Always ready with a smile, a word of encouragement, or her contagious laugh, she made a positive impact on those around her. Jenny died of ovarian sarcoma on July 16, 1995 at the age of 26.

Jenny’s Butterfly Poem

Oh! I wish I were a butterfly
To be free to go
And fly high.

I would spread my wings,
My beautiful wings,
And do all sorts of silly things.

And when it was time to go,
I would soar high
And the wind would blow.

And if I were to die,
Deep down I would know
That everyone loves a butterfly!

Jennifer Searing (8/13/1968 – 7/16/1995)
Poem written at Age 13