Jennifer Ashley Neill of Denton, Texas passed from this life and into the arms of her loving Savior on Monday, December 21, 2020. Jenni is dancing, making beautiful works of art, and reveling in eternal life, free of pain and worldly cares.
Jenni was born to Lisa (Neill) Renick on November 17, 1988 and was the star in her mother’s sky from the moment she arrived. She spent her early childhood surrounded by wondrous, unconditional love from her mother and her grandparents, Helen and Joe Singleterry in Borger, Texas. As a beloved daughter and granddaughter, Jenni learned to cherish all things beautiful; from her grandmother’s quilts to her mother’s weavings, she was wrapped in warmth throughout her childhood. She attended Gateway Elementary, Borger Middle School and Borger High School, from which she earned her high school diploma in 2007. From the time Jenni started to school, it became obvious that learning came readily to her. She participated in classes for gifted and talented students from 1st through 12th grade, winning the Odyssey of the Mind regional competition at regionals twice and at state once. She was insatiably curious, looking at the world and trying to understand its beauty and wonder. As a high school student, she was a member of Student Council, the National Honor Society and served as the manager for the BHS tennis team. She competed in VASE Art competitions during that period and won regionals all four years. She was a state finalist four times and won state medals twice with her artistic creations. Her classmates recognized that Jenni’s abilities were special, voting her “Most Talented” during her senior year. Jenni’s faith was of vital importance to her purpose. She was always involved in the Church of Christ youth group activities, participating in youth rallies, Vacation Bible School, Leadership Training for Christ (LTC), Teenage Crusade for Christ (TCC), and attending church summer camps and singing school. She designed banners for TCC, using her abilities as an artist to share her joy and faith with others. She was the recipient of the Eric Bliss Scholarship. During her senior year of high school, Jenni and Lisa once again put their faith into works and traveled to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, assisting in “demucking” houses and readying them to be rebuilt. Caring for others, even those she had never met, was part of who Jenni was.
She graduated from the University of North Texas in Denton with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education in 2015 after her Senior Art Show at the University. After graduation, she shared her love of all things artistic with elementary students as a teacher in the Denton area. She then decided to transition into a career with Aflac Insurance, and at the time of her death, she was loving this new career path. As with everything she did, Jenni took on the challenges placed before her with joy and grace.
Jenni was preceded in death by her grandfather, Joe Singleterry. She is survived by her mother and stepfather, Lisa and Clay Renick; her grandmothers, Helen Singleterry, Hester Renick; and her boyfriend, Jarret Hollis. She is also survived by her stepfather’s children: Warren Renick and wife Elizabeth and their children, Jackson and Reagan; Lesley Hayward and husband Brian and their son, Hudson. Because she was an organ donor, Jenni gave the gift of renewed life to others. In lieu of flowers, friends who wish to remember Jenni’s life can contribute to a scholarship set up in her name at Frank Phillips College or to the National Kidney Foundation. Because of COVID concerns, graveside services are pending. A memorial service will
be held at a later date.
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