ARLINGTON, TEXAS and BAR HARBOR — Jennifer Mariah Hambrecht, 37, beloved daughter of Peter and Laurel Hambrecht, died Feb. 13, 2015, due to complications of pneumonia. Born Feb. 15, 1977, in Bangor during a blizzard, she grew up on the coast of Maine and in Arlington, Texas, throughout most of her childhood, therefore she ended up making more friends than most people make in a lifetime.
Finding a love for hair at an early age, her passion became a reality when she attended beauty school in Maine in 1995. Her career started at New Image Hair Salon; then several years later Deja Vu was opened in Town Hill. Many years were spent making people feel good and look good — “beauty hurts and I am the professional” — were words clients heard frequently, all the while being her clients’ counselor, confidant and friend, sometimes even partner in crime. Illness eventually made it impossible for her to cut hair on a professional level and she returned to Texas to be with her parents.
Jeni’s passions were friends, going to camp, all dogs (especially hers), the ocean, Utah desert, swimming, cooking and eating, a good cry, shopping, beautiful things and roses. She had a special effect on everyone she met. She loved her sisters very much, and especially her mom and dad. Her nephew, Kaleb, affectionately called her “Neyney,” and the nickname stuck. Jeni was a daughter, sister, an aunt, a granddaughter, a friend, a Mainer and Texan.
She is survived by her parents, Peter and Laurel Hambrecht, of Fort Worth, Texas, her three sisters: Amanda Austin, two sons Dustin and Kaleb of Franklin; Heidi Hambrecht and her husband, Jesse MacDonnell, their two sons, Isaac and Eli, of Bar Harbor; Elizabeth Hambrecht, her two children, Cassidy and Elijah, of Arlington, Texas. Her grandfather William Lenfest, aunts Bonny Lary, Brenda Lenfest, Amy Grant, Brenda Lajoie; and her uncles, Steven Lenfest and Uncle Ernie Lary on her mother’s side; her aunt Elaina Johnson, uncles Phillip Hambrecht, Bill Johnson and Doug Larson on her father’s side; as well as many cousins extended family and friends. Especially beloved was her cousin, Megan Lenfest.
The family will be holding a memorial in her honor on the island of MDI that she loved and cherished this coming summer. Specific plans will be announced at a later date.