Family pays tribute to Evansville mom's zest for life with inspiring obituary

(CNN) -- When 75-year-old Jan Lynch of Evansville, Indiana passed away two weeks ago, her children wanted the world to know how one of a kind she was. 

So they penned an inspiring obituary that's gone viral. 


Lynch's life motto was live life to the fullest and she did just that. So when it came time to write her obituary, her family knew that they couldn't do anything just like the average. They wanted to go above and beyond and do something that would make their mom proud.

"She was just a free spirit," said one of her sons, Greg Patterson. "I guess is the best way to describe her."

Graduating from the University of Evansville with honors while working two to three jobs, Lynch raised four sons, who wanted to honor her after her death in the best way possible with a unique obituary.

"It's still unclear who her favorite son was, thus the final ruling must be litigated in family court or at a bar," the obit reads. 

The obit says she was diagnosed with advanced "COPD ... extreme stubbornness" and was an "armchair quarterback."

"Every comment has been positive saying I want my obituary to be that spectacular. Live life like this woman lived her life," Patterson said.

Another son, Jake Lomax, says the stories her family can tell are endless. 

"If they were in Chicago, she would pull us out of school to go see the Red Sox play -- despite my desire to have perfect attendance," Lomax said. 

Greg Patterson remembers "every day they'd be driving home from school and Gramp would say 'I wonder what mess Grammy got into today?'

"Oh we got lost on the way to Boston," recalled Jeff Patterson. "And I was 12 and had to drive."

Lynch might be physically gone, but her spirit -- and infectious laugh -- shine through her family.

"The joy they got from reading that obituary is the best honor we could have for a mom that brought us so much joy and laughter in our lives," Greg Patterson said. 

Her family says Lynch always wanted to be famous, and now she is, inspiring others to live life to the fullest -- and that the really good things in life are behind the "do not enter" signs. 

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