Jessica Youle ’68 P97

19 July 2018

Class: 1968

Major: Government

Residence: Paradise Valley, AZ

Deceased: July 13, 2018

Alumni survivors: Ms. Alexandra T. Thevenin ’97 (Child)

I am sorry to have to contact all of you with such sad and difficult news, but our friend Jessica died last Friday.  The world has lost a great spirit and a force of nature.  All of us lost a very good friend.

This is a shock, and at the same time not completely unexpected.  Jessica had been fighting a fungal infection the last two months, and was in the hospital last week for treatment.  She was in good spirits—lively, engaged, and feeling loved and supported.  She died unexpectedly during a procedure.  Her lungs just could not win the fight.

Jessica’s kids, Alex, Graham and Andrew, were her stalwart support.  Their addresses are below, if you wish to send a note of condolence.  They request that any contributions in Jessica’s memory be made to Grand Canyon River Guides, a non-profit that is deeply involved in protecting the Grand Canyon and supporting the guides who work there.  Jessica became a river guide in 1973, and was a pioneer who paved the way for female guides, outfitters and working mothers.  The address is GCRC, PO Box 1934, Flagstaff, AZ 86002, memo line: Jessica Youle memorial. 

There will be a memorial gathering for family and friends remember for Jessica in October—in the cooler weather that Jessica would have enjoyed.  We will raise a glass to our friend—and there may be a few stories to tell.  We will be in touch with details.  

Beth Schermer


Alexandra Thevenin
1375 Penstemon
Flagstaff AZ 86001

Graham Cawley
2530 H Street
Sacramento CA 95816

Andrew Cawley
88 29th Street #2
San Francisco CA 94110

Beth Schermer
Christofolo Schermer Consulting
300 W. Camelback, Suite 4
Phoenix AZ 85013
T: 602-549-9847

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