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Jil Cole Kulander

Born: 10/9/1955, Cleveland, Ohio
Death: 2/22/2017, Moab, Utah
Service: 03/11/2017, 6:00 pm, Canyonlands by Night

Jil Cole Kulander, age 61, passed away at home on Feb. 22, 2017 cradled in the arms of her children, Olivia, Dashiel and Kayla, and her husband of 37 years, Charlie. A debilitating seven-year struggle with cancer, which she faced with fierce courage, never diminished Jilís faith in the power of love. In the end, she carried this love as a guiding light into the unknown.

Jil was destined to travel. In fact, she was born in a car in Shaker Heights, Ohio, in 1955, and spent her childhood in Manhattan Beach, California, in Brisbane and Sydney, Australia, and in Stockholm, Sweden, (which explained her taste for crispbread and lingonberry jam). She took classes at El Camino College while working with her dear friends at the Sweetwater Cafť, a musical venue in Hermosa Beach. But adventure called. She met her husband when their sailboats crossed off the coast of Baja, California, and married him a year and a half later on a desert island in the Sea of Cortez. They spent several years under sail on an extended honeymoon, living off of lobsters and love. Soon after their first child, Olivia, was born, they moved ashore and set up house in La Paz, Mexico, and later Mexico City, before moving to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where their son, Dashiel, was born. They returned to live along the Sea of Cortez for several years before a road trip landed them in Castle Valley (and later, Moab) where they built a house. Their niece, Kayla Weston, joined the family in 2006, and Jilís last journey was taking her as an incoming honors freshman to the University of San Diego.

Throughout her life, Jil wore many hats, as a travel writer for STAR Service, as one of Synergy Companyís first employees, and as co-owner of Concierge360, a travel media company. But her true calling was always to be there for her friends and family, through bad times and good. She connected with countless lives, touching everyone she met with her generosity, her compassion, her sassy spark, her sense of adventure, her silly humor, and her ability to hold the world in a paper cup. And those lucky enough to drink from it will never forget her.

She is survived by her husband, Charlie; her children, Olivia, Dashiel and Kayla; and by her siblings, Heidi Stanfield, Lance Cole, Eric Cole, Peter Cole, and Kajsa Weston; by 11 nephews and nieces and their spouses; and by eight grandnieces/grandnephews (with three more on the way).

She is preceded in death by her mother, Joyce Dexter; her father, Roy Cole; and by her nephew, Shane Stanfield.

A ceremony in Jilís honor will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 11 at Canyonlands by Night, 1861 N. U.S. 191 in Moab, Utah. The family requests any donations be made either to the new infusion center at Moab Regional Hospital, or to the group Jil founded, the Canyonlands Cancer Support Group, through their nonprofit organization, Cancer Survivors of Moab Calendar (540 East 100 North, Apt. 306, Moab UT 84532).


Charlie, We are so sorry to hear about your loss. I am sorry we never had the opportunity to meet Jil but it sounds like you both shared a truly magical life together. Please let us know if there is anything we can do.
- Michael & Mona

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