Jill Susan Breece died in her home in Gunbarrel, Colorado, on Jan. 1.
Jill was a beloved day care professional in the Boulder, Colorado, area for 24 years. She leaves behind dozens of children who were deeply impacted by her caring spirit. Also carrying on her legacy are her own children, Calvin Christopher Nagy, Michael James Nagy, Brianne Nicole Demos and Alexi Elizabeth Demos.
Jill was born in Flint in 1958 to Gary Jay Breece and Doris Jeanette Breece, who both preceded her in death. Still living are her three sisters and one brother and their families, Steve Breece, Kathy Chandler, Lori Pflugrad and Shelly Popp. Also surviving Jill are her mother's siblings and their families, Skip Lanning, Barbara Krapohl, Bill Lanning and Bruce Lanning.
Jill moved with her family to Williamsburg in 1971 at the age of 12. There she met her first husband, Calvin Edward Nagy. They married in 1975 and their two boys, Calvin and Mikie, were raised in Northern Michigan until 1989. Jill then remarried Coloradan Nicolas Spyros Demos and moved to Colorado that same year with her sons and new husband. Jill later gave birth to her beautiful daughters, Brianne and Lexi.
She worked in real estate for a short time before beginning her child care business in 1994.
Her eldest son, Calvin, still resides in Colorado as does her ex-husband, Nick. Mikie has moved back to Michigan, where many of Jill's family members still live enjoying the lakes that Jill held close to her heart, being raised on Elk Lake. Mikie, his wife, Sally, and their 7-month-old, Henry, Jill's first grandchild, will miss her dearly. Both Brianne and Lexi have inherited their mother's caring spirit for others. Brianne is a registered nurse in Seattle, Washington, and also has done some traveling working as a nurse. Lexi has also traveled around the world reaching out and helping people with her sociology, human services degree. All of Jill's kids, related or bonded to her through the day care, have all become smart, compassionate kindred souls and will be leaving this world a better place. This was Jill's life's work and her greatest accomplishment.
A memorial service will be held on Jan. 27, at 1 p.m., at the Amvets Post 114, 410 Bridge Street, Elk Rapids.
Published on January 24, 2018