Remembering Jace Stone

By: Daniel Gotera Email
By: Daniel Gotera Email

"Its still hard for both of us, we take it day by day." There is not a day Jodi Stone doesn't think of her son Jace or the accident that claimed his life. “Brian and my boys were heading south on Highway 5. When he turned, he pulled out head on in front of them. In order to keep from having a head on collision, Brian swerved his truck and of course it flipped." Jace and his father were killed, her son Slater was injured.

It is said, that there is no greater pain than when a mother loses her child. Feelings Stone knows all too well. Feelings that consumed her for a long time after the accident. “After the wreck I couldn't sleep. So I got up one night after I cried all I could cry and had no more tears to cry. I picked up a pencil and paper and started writing."

The result was the “Love Bug” a book she says tells of a moment in Jace's short life. Now, a couple of years later, Stone is on her second book I Want to Catch a Dragonfly. “He tried all afternoon to catch a dragon fly. He had asked me mommy, why cant I catch that dragon fly? I said Jace you can’t because they are too fast. He got so mad and he said yes I can and I am going to catch that dragon fly but he never did."

But unlike the last book, the illustrations in the new book were drawn by Stone herself. In addition to honoring the son that is no longer with her, the books give her other son, 13-year old Slater, something to remember his little brother by. "My goal is to keep Jace's memory alive and to also in the future to leave something significant behind for my surviving son as he has lost half of his family."

A family that stays strong with the help of one another. “He is my strength, he has been my strength. I don’t know what I would have done without him."

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