Jennifer Lee Stowers

May 16, 1980 - May 23, 2003

Jennifer Lee Stowers was the only child of Joseph and Ellen Stowers of Derry, NH and the fiancée of Douglas Quintal, a scholar-in-residence at Emerson College in Boston, MA. Jennifer loved to travel to broaden her world. In 1997 she accompanied her mother to England, France, and Italy. In 1998 she and four of her friends traveled across the United States and back in a VW bus. Jennifer was an excellent student. She was a graduate of Pinkerton Academy in Derry, class of 1998, and Wheelock College, class of 2002, in Boston.

After college, Jennifer was employed by the Boston Public School System and was teaching third grade at the Blackstone Elementary School in the South End of Boston. Jennifer was also working with the literacy program for grades K through 3. She had been appointed to a permanent position during her first year, a remarkable accomplishment as such an appointment usually takes three years.

Jennifer was an accomplished musician, writer, dancer, artist and a gifted teacher. She was also a social activist and was often teased by her father for her vision, as she defined it - “I’m saving the world, one child at a time.” Jennifer was a survivor of the Station Nightclub fire in Warwick Rhode Island in February of 2003, only to die three months later, five days after her twenty-third birthday and just six weeks short of her wedding that was planned for the Fourth of July, 2003.

The stars that burn the brightest have the shortest lives.