Jessica M. Jacobsen, an accountant with T. Rowe Price who enjoyed watching her two sons play sports and preparing gourmet meals she shared with family and friends, was killed Friday by her estranged husband at their Timonium home. She was 37.
After killing his wife of 11 years, Jeffrey Jacobsen, 38, took his own life.
"She was a devoted mother, and her life centered around those boys. She was always making sure that they would have a great life," said Trish Ververs, who was Mrs. Jacobsen's college roommate when the two were students at Villanova University.
"Our children are the same age and were always playing together," said Mrs. Ververs, who lives nearby. "She was a beautiful, funny, smart woman who was easy to be friends with. She was an all-American girl whose smile could light up any room."
Born Jessica Meredith in Morgantown, W.Va., Mrs. Jacobsen was raised in Baltimore County, in Towson, Cockeysville and Phoenix.
After graduating from Dulaney High School in 1987, she earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Villanova in 1991. She became a certified public accountant and worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Philadelphia before moving to Baltimore and taking an accounting job at T. Rowe Price in 2001.
She was recently promoted to group manager in the company's marketing and investment services department, where she managed a staff of 100 employees.
Today, two busloads of her colleagues will travel to Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Towson to attend her funeral.
"She was highly regarded by everyone here, including the senior staff," said Meredith C. Callanan, a T. Rowe Price vice president.
"She was a wonderful member of our team, and even though she was a hard worker, she knew how to have fun," Ms. Callanan said. "She also was able to bring us back to earth when our ideas got a little out of hand at times."
Mrs. Jacobsen volunteered with her neighborhood association and at Immaculate Conception parochial school.
She was an avid runner and a member of a neighborhood gourmet club.
"She really loved to cook and bake. I remember how good her zucchini bread was," Mrs. Ververs said. "She was also a musician and played a flute sonata composed by Telemann at my wedding in 1995."
Mrs. Jacobsen enjoyed trips to the beach at Ocean City and skiing at Wisp in Garrett County.
"She's a girl that once you met her, you never forgot her," Mrs. Ververs said.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at her church, Baltimore and Ware avenues.
Surviving are her sons, Christopher, 7, and Matthew, 4,; her parents, Dr. John E. and Gathann "Gat" Meredith of Cockeysville; a brother, Joseph Meredith of Petaluma, Calif.; two sisters, Hillary Hennighausen of Lutherville and Emily Casey of Whitefish, Mont.; and three nephews.