Jody Lynn Kuikka, 46 of Crestview, passed away Saturday, September 4, 2021, after a brief but courageous journey with Stage 4, breast and bone cancer.
Jody was born on January 4, 1975, to Alicia Johnson and Earl Walter Johnson Jr. in Sault Ste. Marie Michigan. Jody lived most of her childhood in Duluth MN and a small time in Safford Az. Jody was represented by Elite Model Management in her late high school years and early 20’s. She graduated Esko High School in 1993. She attended Cosmetology school at WITC in Superior Wisc. Jody worked at Spirit Mountain, Island Beach Resort, and Lutsen Resorts.
Jody married Todd Mark Kuikka and had two beautiful children. Brenden Earl Kuikka, and Sydni Taylor Kuikka. Jody raised her children in her favorite place in the world Aviano, Italy where she made friends that became lifelong family. The family moved to Guam where Jody worked closely with animals. In Guam made more lifelong friends and continued to raise her family. In July 2008 she moved to Crestview, Florida. Jody worked at the Wild Olive, Hub City Ford and was extremely proud to work at Okaloosa Regional Detention Center. Jody’s beauty could stop traffic. Her passion was working with Sephora, Tarte, Peter Thomas Roth to make people feel beautiful. Jody also ran a full-time cleaning business Kuikka Cleaning Services with her daughter Sydni Kuikka.
Jody’s laughter could fill a room. She was passionate about life and valued friendships deeply. Jody’s unconditional love and unwavering support of her children gave her the strength to keep going every day. Jody spent the last decade with the love of her life Avery Hill. She always said he was the gift god gave her. Jody had unbelievable spirit during her last nine months she endured the pain of the breast and bone cancers, while having extremely invasive procedures and never once complained. At times when we were speechless, she carried us though this journey with her.
We are broken.
Jody is preceded in death by her late father Earl Walter Johnson Jr. Her dad waited at the gates of heaven for her. Her grandpa Earl Walter Johnson Sr. formally of Duluth MN.
Jody is survived by Her fiancé Charlie Avery Hill of Crestview Florida.
Her children Sydni Taylor Kuikka, Brenden Earl Kuikka of Crestview Florida.
Mother Alicia Marie Johnson of Crestview Florida.
Sister Amy Lind her husband Jason. Their children Nolan Haglund, Elijah Lind, Isabella Lind, Haley Lind and Kyler Lind all from Duluth MN. Grandma Dolores Johnson of Duluth.
Aunt and Uncle: Les and Nancy Nelson Colorado Springs Co, Cousin Ryan Nelson and son Aidan Mathew Nelson and many other cousins, aunts and uncles in Illinois that love and will miss her.
Jody held a special place in her heart for Taylor Patterson. Jody spent her days even through treatment with the children so special to her she called them JoJo’s babies, Baylee Patterson, Noah Patterson and Hayden Patterson.