Jody Lynn Kaufman

Date of Birth

July 24, 1952

Date of Death

April 17, 2017

Jody Lynn Kaufman, age 64, died on Monday, April 17th, 2017 at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara CA, surrounded by her friends and family.

She was born in Minneapolis MN to Michael and Shirley (Danielson) Comstock, and was the second of four children. She graduated from University of MN, where she met and married her husband Scott Kaufman before moving out to Santa Barbara, CA in 1976.

She had a long and successful career at UCSB, was active in her Jewish community, and raised a strong and loving family. After retirement, she remained active by volunteering to work with disadvantaged students who needed help with reading and math. She had recently undertaken perhaps her favorite life role, that of a loving, energetic, and hands-on grandma to two adoring little girls.

She was smart, fun and humble. She showed her love by caring for and supporting those around her. She gave without asking in return and loved unconditionally.

Her family has no words to describe their sudden loss. She will forever be loved and missed – A guiding light extinguished too soon. Her husband Scott, daughter Rachel, son Conner, son-in-law Jordan and granddaughters Ella and Lyla survive her.

How could I have come so far?
(And always on such dark trails?)
I must have traveled by the light
Shining from the faces of all those I have loved.
– Thomas McGrath


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