Jillian Courtney Pendergrass

Friday 9th of July 2004 - Monday 15th of May 2023

Jillian Courtney Pendergrass


Memorial Gathering to Celebrate Jillian Pendergrass

May 24, 2023 (7:00 pm - 9:30 pm)

The Lyric Theater & Cultural Arts Center

300 E Third Street, Lexington, KY

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Jillian Courtney Pendergrass, age 18, left this world much too soon in the early morning of Monday, May 15, 2023.  Jillian was born in Owensboro, Kentucky, a precious gift to Curt and Kara Pendergrass on July 9, 2004.


Jillian spent her whole life living in Lexington. She was a graduate of Lafayette High School where she was a clarinetist on the Pride of the Bluegrass Marching Band.  She started marching as an eighth grader, winning four state championships.  She began dance at age 3 as a member of Kiddie Kapers Dance Company and later competitively with Dance Attack Dance Company through her senior year of high school.  Jillian was a free spirit who lived each day to its fullest, loved to travel, explore the backroads, and meet new people along the way.  She was a true creative type who loved art and music as well as everything retro and vintage, from fashion to furniture.  She loved anime, her favorite was Naruto, and anything to do with dragons.  Jillian was employed at Bella Notte and Raising Cane’s where she worked her way up to the New Restaurant Opener position traveling the country to help train new staff.  Like most teens her age, Jillian loved hanging out with her close friends from school and dance and those in her ever-expanding social circle.  Jillian always saw the beauty in the world and brought a smile to all those whom she encountered.


Left to cherish Jillian are her loving parents, Curt and Kara Pendergrass; sister, Jena; her paternal grandmother, Peggy, aunts Judy, Lisa, and Pamela, uncles Scott, Keith, Clark, and Mike along with first cousins Kristopher, Jonathan, Alanna, Matthew and Charlie and numerous extended family members across the US.


A memorial gathering to celebrate Jillian’s life will be from 7:00 pm until 9:30 pm, Wednesday, May 24th at the Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center located at 300 E Third Street in Lexington.


In honor of her legacy, please direct memorial donations to the Lexington Humane Society in honor of Jillian Pendergrass (Venmo account “LexingtonHumane”, by phone at 859-233-0044 ext. 264 with credit card or by mail or in person “Lexington Humane Society, 1600 Old Frankfort Pike, Lexington, KY 40504”.)  Jillian loved animals almost as much as she loved people, and she spent her whole life in a home full of adopted and rescued animals.


Milward Funeral Directors are entrusted with Jillian’s arrangements. To share a remembrance of Jillian or to offer condolences to her family, please sign the online guestbook at www.milwardfuneral.com .



Guest Book

Brandon Simon


I wasn't as close to jillian as I wish I were today and the last week. However, I hope I can add one more story about how she made a stranger feel not so strange. It was my very first day at Morton Middle School. Two people standing there with the widest and most welcoming smiles Jillian and Anne-Elise. As long as this story could be made to be. The fact is they both made me feel so welcomed I was a outcast at my old schools and they made me feel like I mattered. Together they made a comedy duo. Always bouncing off the walls with joy and laughter. To jillians family I wish you the best and know she will do the best in heven. She will always be a guiding light as she was for me that first day of school. I pray the best comes to this amazing family.

6 days ago

Christopher U Wells


So sorry to hear about the tragic loss to your family. Praying for you during this time of mourning and hopeful fond memories of Jillian can bring you some sense of peace.

1 week ago

Uncle Keith Pendergrass


There are things in life that we cannot undo, experiences we cannot unlearn and those many we never wish to forget. Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain. .... author unknown I truly believe my Niece lived every moment knowing and understanding these thoughts

1 week ago

Bill Risner


My sincere condolences on your loss. I did not know Jillian but I am friends with someone who new her well and it is eveident that the loss of her in their life is profound. Your family and Jillian's friends are in my thoughts.

1 week ago

Arlene Herring


So sorry for your loss. May beautiful memories give you comfort and peace during this difficult time.

1 week ago

Stan and Susan Ham


We are so sorry for your loss. Please know your family is in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

2 weeks ago