“Strong as Jamie” – Jamie’s Legacy: A Memoir of Jamie Cambron Moss (1961-2014)

Jamie Cambron Moss was a loving and free spirited woman who never took life for granted, enjoyed each day like it was her last, spending time with her family and doing what she loved; wandering about the outdoors.

Jamie was a single mother of two daughters from a previous marriage and an employee of Chevron Corporation in the public affairs department where she was introduced to the love of her life, Larry He also had a child from a previous marriage and they bonded quickly over that. Shortly the two were happily married and living together with their three kids.

After being woken up one night with horrific cramps Jamie was taken in an ambulance to the hospital due to so much pain. She would soon get the results of blood work and X-rays that would change her and her family’s lives forever. Unfortunately, Jamie was diagnosed with “unknown Primary Peritoneal Carcinoma”, a severe type of ovarian cancer. Doctors didn’t know exactly how long Jamie had left with her time here on earth, but they knew it wasn’t expected to be much longer.

Although she was given a time limit on her life, not once did Jamie show limitation. For the next two and a half years Larry held Jamie’s hand and stood by her side through the physical and emotional trials that came their way. Jamie kept positive through the acknowledgement of her passing and begun planning her own memorial ceremony not only to ease the hardship on her family, but also simply because she had that option.

Through Jamie’s battle with cancer she met and influenced many people. However, there was one man in particular who was so touched by her free spirit and the positive outlook she had on life that he took it upon himself to write a song about Jamie and the way that he was touched by her in this time. This man’s name was, Bob Bradley. As soon as he could, Bob put his lyrics to music and she was finally able to hear it; Jamie was absolutely thrilled and insisted that it be a part of her final arrangements. She even made Bob promise, that he would not let her die in vain, and that her song would continue to be heard for the sake of others who are battling demons with cancer like she was. Bob Agreed.

Not long after Jamie had the chance to meet Bob, her time had come. Family and friends, including her oldest daughter, son in-law and granddaughter flew in from California to say they final goodbyes.

Jamie ultimately decided she would be cremated and even picked out her own cremation urn. She found a beautiful Peaceful Petal® Flower Water Burial Urn online, that was biodegradable and made to be set on the water. A ceremony for her passing would be held at the church where she was long a member. There, a eulogy and prayers were said while close and distant loved ones gathered to give their respects. At the end of the ceremony her song, ” Strong As Jamie” was played, bringing both a sense of joy and loss to everyone in the room.

Flower Water Burial Urn

After the church gathering there would be a small, private gathering for family and close friends at Jamie and Larry’s home down by the river where she had spent so many evenings before. Once again the song, “Strong As Jamie” played subtly while Larry gently placed the urn with his wife’s ashes in the river. Loved ones watched above the water, tossing rose petals from a wooden bridge and after a few moments the slow and calming current swept the urn beneath the water. A silent moment among the group was given one last time as Jamie’s song continued to play, “..all I want to do from this day on, is to be as strong as Jamie.”

“Strong As Jamie”

When I first met you, it was over speaker phone, you were a friend of a friend,
But you’d end up touching me more than anyone I’d known.
I could almost see your smile, I fell in love with your laugh.
Now you’re part of my daily life & prayers, Damn Girl, what’s up with that?
Your voice was full of pride when you said, “Man, you’ve got to come see my urn.”
God, I hope I’m half as strong as you, when it’s my turn.
I never knew you before, well one thing’s for sure.

A lot of folks tried to teach me how to live this life.
Mom and Daddy tried to show me what was wrong and right.
Preacher made a habit, on Sunday’s trying to shame me.
But all I want to do from this day on, is to be as Strong as Jamie.

The day I met you face to face, you jumped out of your car like you’d want to race.
You hugged me like I was a long lost friend, they told you that day you were near the end.
Still there you were making me feel like a rock star, what you said as you climbed back into your car,
You said, “I can’t believe I finally got to meet you.”

A lot of folks tried to teach me how to live this life.
Mom and Daddy tried to show me what was wrong and right.
Preacher made a habit, on Sunday’s trying to shame me.
But all I want to do from this day on, is to be as Strong as Jamie.

Now I’m calling daily, just to check on you.
You told me that the hospice nurse, could use a new pair of shoes.
I smiled, but the tears kept rolling down my cheeks.
You wear bracelets that say, “Faith” and “Blessed” while living week to week.

A lot of folks tried to teach me how to live this life.
Mom and Daddy tried to show me what was wrong and right.
Preacher made a habit, on Sunday’s trying to shame me.
But all I want to do from this day on, is to be as Strong as Jamie.

As for Jamie’s life, there’s no way this could be the end.
Because of her strength and courage she’s passing on to her family and friends.
Her legacy cannot die, cancer’s simply not that strong.
For the pain and tears will slowly fade and forever’s not that long.

A lot of folks tried to teach me how to live this life.
Mom and Daddy tried to show me what was wrong and right.
Preacher made a habit, on Sunday’s trying to shame me.
But all I want to do from this day on, is to be as Strong as Jamie.

Jamie’s Legacy

Jamie was gone, but to those who loved her it was clear that the battle against cancer was not over. Her high spirit and strong will to beat cancer made a lasting impact on Bob Bradley and many others. However, Bob made Jamie a promise and one he would be sure not break.

As a tribute to her, Bob has created, StrongAsJamie.org. This is an organization that celebrates the strength and courage of both cancer patients and their families who have battled this silent monster. They put on events called, “Happenings” where live bands, silent auctions and other activities are held for tons of people to come together to raise both awareness and funds to fight and defeat cancer, once and for all. Funds from these events are put towards care packages that are sent out to cancer patients in treatment, complimentary of StrongAsJamie.org.

Here at In The Light Urns, we were also touched by Jamie. Although none of us had the pleasure to meet this special soul, we were moved by her story and honored to provide the Peaceful Petal® Flower Water Burial Urn that she was so delighted to call hers. As our own tribute to Jamie we are a proud sponsor of the non-profit organization, Strong as Jamie, supporting those facing a battle with cancer.

In Loving Memory of
Jamie Cambron Moss
October 19, 1961 – December 10, 2014

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    I love your post! Mine is similar. My favorite color is red, but now I have lots of pink at my house. All thanks to a little girl my third child, behind two boys in blue. But I like your take on the topic. There is a cure and we definitely need to find it. God bless you in the fight. Smiles –

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