Jessica "Jess" Marie Harper

Jessica "Jess" Marie Harper, a resident of San Marcos, passed away on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at Brackenridge Hospital in Austin at the age of 20. Jessica was born on December 15, 1993 in Spring, TX to Cole and Linda Harper. Jessica enjoyed her job as a waitress, working at the Cracker Barrel restaurant in San Marcos, where she made many friends. Jess was full of life; she enjoyed shopping, spending time with family and friends, watching T.V., going driving and enjoying the scenery and listening to music. She will be missed dearly. She is survived by her loving parents, Cole and Linda Harper; beloved sister, Samantha Harper and grandmothers, Fatima Harper and Helen Piepoli. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Hill Country Memorial Gardens.

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  1. I am so sorry to hear the sad news. Jessica was a wonderful and beautiful girl. You are in my prayers.

  2. Our prayers are with the family of this beautiful angel. We love and miss y’all. God bless all and keep you in his loving @ light.

  3. I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our prayers and thoughts daily. Know that we are thinking of you not only for this next week but always. Jess was a beautiful girl.

  4. May our Heavenly Father give you comfort at this sad time. Only He has the power to get you through. You all are in our thoughts and prayers!!

  5. We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with the Harper family in this time of great need. May you find peace in your faith.

  6. Our thoughts and Prayers are with each and everyone of you on the loss of your beautiful Jess. God Bless you all.

  7. Linda and Cole, Offering prayers for strength and comfort as you walk through this wilderness of sadness. Our hearts are broken to hear of Jessica’s passing and of your tremendous loss. We send our love. Leslie and Tim Moore

  8. Linda and Cole and Famiy at a time when words seem empty and meaningless I PRAY The love of God and peace that only the Holy Spirit can bring will some how comfort u in this great hour of need. We love u all.

  9. Linda, I am so sorry to hear of Jessica’s passing. My heart aches for you and Cole, may your family be comforted by your faith. Lifting your family up in prayer.

  10. We will miss you so much Jess. We feel so blessed we got to be a part of your life. We love you guys so much and pray that God gives you the strength to remember all the beautiful things that Jess was to so many. Much love -Greg, Jennifer, Megan, Abby, Alexander and Zoe

  11. Linda and Cole. How can we truly offer the heartbreak we feel. If you can feel our souls you will know how very deep out sorrow is for the loss of this beautiful child of God, your beloved child There is a divine plan it is not for us to know. She is there with God in the most beautiful place and we will be together again. We just know it. Love Denise Pete Dan Dina Patrick and baby Minka

  12. Jessica (aka Little Joey) will truly be missed. She was much loved and adored by all of us. Love Uncle Vito and Aunt Deb

  13. There are no words to express our shared grief with you. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time and for the days to come. We know that God will lift you up and give you peace in your hearts.

  14. Please know that a lot of prayers are being said for all of you from your friends here in Albuquerque. Love, Bill and Doris

  15. Cole , Linda & Samantha We are so sorry for your lose . May the Lord wrap all of you in his arms & comfort you. All of you are in our PRAYERS. Jimmy aka Terry

  16. Jessica, You always made my days as a cheerleader better. I remember all the memories we had growing up and how you taught me to be myself. You will be missed dearly, Courtney

  17. So sorry for your loss. She was absolutely beautiful. The Lord must of been in need of a special angel. I think it must be true the good die young. My thoughts and prayers are with the Harpers other family members as well as all the friends she left behind. May God comfort you in this difficult time. RIP Jess Heaven is now a little more brighter with you.

  18. Linda and Cole I am so very very sorry for your loss. Words seems so hollow right now. Jess was such a beauty. I know that you and your family will keep her memory alive. God bless you all during this very painful time.

  19. Psalm 34:18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. We are so very sorry for your loss. Jessica was a beautiful, vibrant young lady. Our family is praying for your family.

  20. Dearest Linda,Cole and Samantha, Our hearts are filled with sorrow for all of you. We love our dear Jess and will forever keep her in our hearts and prayers. Our deepest sympathy. Mike & Pat

  21. Dearest Linda, Cole and Samantha, We are so deeply saddened by the loss of Jess. She will always live on in the beautiful and lively memories we have of her. Our heartfelt prayers are with you and the whole Harper family. We love you dearly. Cat, DJ, Jo and Brad God told them, “I’ve never quit loving you and never will. Expect love, love, and more love! And so now I’ll start over with you and build you up again.”

  22. Linda, Cole and Samantha, Words cannot express my deep sadness and regret at your loss. Jessica will be missed by many, but by you all the most. I am honored to have known sweet Jessica. You and your entire family are in my thoughts and in my heart. Love and condolences, Martha Moring

  23. Linda and Cole, I’m so very sorry to hear about Jess and I want to give you my prayers and condolences. This is a pain that I can’t comprehend. She is and will always be a beautiful girl.

  24. Jessica was a wonderful light in this world and, though her sudden departure makes it seem darker, heaven shines brighter with her presence.

  25. Linda, Cole & Samantha, We are deeply saddened to hear the news of Jessica’s passing. Our heartfelt condolences to you and all of your family. May our LORD Bless you and Comfort you all during this difficult journey. Your neighbors,

  26. Fatima, Cole, Linda and Samantha, my heart is breaking for you, I am so sorry for your pain. Sweet Jessica was a beautiful young lady, inside and out. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers, may God’s grace comfort you now and in the days to come. I Love You, Renee Hohlbein

  27. Harper Family, I was absolutely heartbroken to hear of the passing of your sweet Jessica. I have always admired the close relationship of your family, and I know that support is now more important than ever in this time of sorrow. Although I did not have the privilege of knowing Jessica beyond our adolescence, it is obvious by the countless wonderful posts, pictures, and memories shared that Jessica left her mark on this world in the hearts of so many. She is the epitome of the fulfillment of God’s ultimate commandment, “Love others, as I have loved you.” I know you will miss her terribly, but proudly remember the lives she touched, and the joy she will continue to spread as a beautiful angel. “When you remember me, it means that you have carried something of who I am with you. That I have left some mark of who I am on who you are. It means that you can summon me back to your mind even though countless years and miles may stand in the middle of us.” –Frederick Buechner

  28. Dear Linda and Cole, A friend of mine who lost both her dad and son last year told me this – When a parent passes, you grieve for what was, when you lose a child, you grieve for what could have been. We all had big dreams for Jess, I saw her becoming a news anchor in her hometown of Houston 🙂 I cannot bring myself to say goodbye to the bright and funny girl I knew, because a part of her is still with us. With us in the stories that we tell about her, and with us in the personal memories each of us have of your amazing daughter. My first reaction was to be mad that Jess was taken from us, but I know from experience that there is no peace in anger. The peace comes in knowing that this realm that we inhabit is temporary – the grief is temporary, the pain is temporary…and the separation is temporary. We will see our Jessica again, but until then we have each other to remind us of the very, very special person whose life we were blessed to be a part of. All our Love,

  29. I really am sad that you’re not here now, I thought you were so pretty and so nice. I can’t believe doctors can’t fix all of our problems yet. I know the Harper family is sad and if anyone needs anything please contact me. I haven’t lost anyone in my family, so I have no idea what’s going on, but I’ll try to assist where I can. Sorry I couldn’t make it to the funeral – which was prolly for the best- I’m a baby when it comes to mommas and their children, I would have lost it the whole time. Take care. Sam Hudson.

  30. Jessica and her family really touched my heart in the couple of days that I was her nurse. I hope that you can all find comfort in your time of grief.

  31. You were absolutely beautiful inside and out and I am heartbroken that God had to take you so soon. You will be deeply missed. I am happy for the year that I got to know you sweet girl. Love you and will remember you always, Mrs. Tammy

  32. Dear Linda and Cole: Words cannot describe how sad Cindy and I are after learning of the passing of Jessie. I am glad I got to meet her during when she last visited our office: it was amazing to see her transformation from the little baby who used to sleep under a desk in our offices to the young adult she had become. Our prayers and thoughts are with you during these difficult times. Sincerely: Scott & Cindy McMinn

  33. I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. I know what you are going through, I lost my son in 2010. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family and if you need someone to talk to please don’t hesitate to contact me.

  34. Linda and Cole, I cannot believe the news about your precious daughter. I know the years have gone by for us but I always remember the days of our young ones and Benchmark pregnancies. As a parent and friend, my heart is broken for you. We aren’t to question God’s reasoning, but I pray the pain will subside over time and that all the wonderful memories of Jessica will remain in your hearts forever! Sending much love and hugs your way.

  35. Linda and Cole, I cannot believe the news about your precious daughter. I know the years have gone by for us but I always remember the days of our young ones and Benchmark pregnancies. As a parent and friend, my heart is broken for you. We aren’t to question God’s reasoning, but I pray the pain will subside over time and that all the wonderful memories of Jessica will remain in your hearts forever! Sending much love and hugs your way.

  36. Living with Jess last year was one of the best things I have ever done we shared so many amazing memories. I knew I could trust you with all of my secrets and crazy things we did in the 702. I love you so much j-heezy always and forever.

  37. Dear sweet angel you will be missed so much. Anyone who you ever met was lucky to have met a true angel on earth. My heart is so heavy with sadness.

  38. I was blessed to be one of Jessica’s high school teachers while at Graves County High School. I will always remember her beautiful smile. Love and prayers for all her family and friends. Rest in peace, sweet Jessica.

  39. I can’t tell you how shocked and saddened I was to hear of Jessica’s passing. She was always a beautiful, positive, and vibrant young woman. I know that heaven is much brighter now with her presence. Your family is in our prayers and will be for the days and years ahead.

  40. To Linda,Cole, and Samantha. This is Ms Janet. I have worked on all of y’all for years at Dr Hawks’s office,all of our hearts ache for y’all. I loved Jessica, she was indeed one of my special and favorite patients. That smile was gorgeous. She always wore those big pearls and to me she was one of the most beautiful girls in the world This is definitely not fair and I pray that somehow y’all can find peace. RIP Jessica. I love you Ms Janet

  41. I am praying for the Harper Family as they lay to rest my beautiful, sweet friend Jessica Marie Harper. She was a very good person. I just wished that I could have seen her one last time before she went to be with our Father. I will have that chance again one day but until then, my friend, rest in peace and continue to smile down on all of us. You are truly missed.

  42. Prayers for your family. I had the privilege of being Jess’s marketing teacher at GCHS and she always brought a smile to class. Thinking of your family during this difficult time.

  43. My heart is broken hearing of Jessica’s passing. She was so sweet and I enjoyed being her teacher at Hickman County Elementary. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  44. Jessica will be dearly missed. I’m so sorry to hear of her passing. I know she will make a beautiful angel, but just remember that all of her pain is now gone. I remember her being at the house with my little sister all the time and I thought of her as a sister of my own. My prayers are with you and I hope you can find peace in her passing as she has found peace being home with the Lord.

  45. My heart is so sad to hear of Jessica’s passing. She was such a joy to have in class, always smiling! Heaven gained a beautiful angel. I am praying for you and your family.

  46. We were so saddened when we heard about Jessica. I don’t know if you remember us, but our son, Andy, escorted your beautiful Jessica at homecoming one year. I cannot imagine your grief; but please know we will be lifting your family up in prayer.

  47. I’m so sorry for your loss I was a former classmate with hears at Cosmetology school.we started at the same time, she was so sweet and always smiling and kind to everyone. she is greatly missed, may you find peace, and know,God is with you and so is she

  48. RIP Jessica, we may have only worked together but you are such a beautiful girl with a big heart – we will miss you! Thinking of your family.

  49. Jess, you were so sweet and beautiful. You made cosmetology school a thousand times better. I loved seeing you everyday. Im going to miss our laughs and talks. I love you Jess. I’m praying for your family.

  50. Nothing less than heartbroken to think one of my good friends growing up was laid to rest today. Jess just glowed…literally. I’m thankful for all the memories I had with this sweet girl. I’ll forever treasure our time together.

  51. I just wanted to say I didn’t know her very well but the times we did talk she was so sweet and kind to me I’m very deeply and truly sorry for your loss. Rest in piece Jessica

  52. Jess, you always had a way to make the best out of any situation. I feel so blessed to have had met you in the short time you had here, and know that have made such a powerful, and positive impact on my life. My thoughts and prayers for your family sweetheart.

  53. J-Harp, life here in Kentucky will not be the same knowing you not here. Im so glad I got to get to know you and graduate with you. I and along with everyone else will miss you. RIP love you..

  54. Jessica, I never saw you without a smile on your face and you spread joy to everyone around you. You were so beautiful inside and out. I know everyone at Cracker Barrel will miss you. At Cracker Barrel we try to act as a family, and so your loss is like losing a sister to many. And while we don’t understand why you were taken so soon, I know it’s God’s plan. I know you’re in a place where you will not have to suffer. You’re in a place where you will be pain free. You’ve impacted many and such a positive way and you will never be forgotten. I know it’s the end of our time with you, but I know it’s just the beginning of your eternal life. I’m trying to think of it as a beginning for you, and not an end. My prayers and thoughts are with your family and friends. Rest in peace beautiful.

  55. my sweet sweet JHarp. I will never ever forget the amazing and fun times we had together! I will always hold our memories and share our stories for the rest of my life. you were one of a kind my dear. you will always always have that special place in my heart. I love you Jessica Marie. you may be gone, but you will never ever be forgotten my love. I love you Jess. “hotnhandy” – Shmavv.

  56. Ill never forget you. for the better parts of two months I honestly didn’t know your real name because I only referred to you as Kentucky. That thick country accent, ill miss it a lot. thanks for being apart of my life jess

  57. You were in our lives a very short time, but I will never ever forget you. A smile more precious than gold and a heart big enough for the world. Your life will not go in vein for you have taught me the most important lesson one can learn. Thanks for being an Angel.


  59. I am just so broken hearted for all of you….i cannot imagine your pain…know that we love you and are praying for all of you..Jessica was a beautiful young lady…with such a beautiful smile

  60. My beloved Jess. My heart aches with pain to know you will not walk through our door again here on earth but I find peace knowing you walk in the Light of Christ. God gave you to us for a short 20 years and I will cherish that time forever. Rest my love until we meet again. With all my love I miss you. Mom

  61. Linda and Cole I was so saddened to hear of your loss. I can only the imagine the pain you are feeling. You are such a wonderful and caring family. I pray that God gives you strength to get through this time. Jessica was such a beautiful young lady. You are in our prayers. David, Luann, Casey and Bubba Kirby

  62. Jess… I think about you everyday & I would do anything to have you back. I miss coming home to you everyday sitting around getting so excited for what we were going to do that night, or just talking about our day. You are & always will be my bestfriend & sister. I can’t even explain how much me & Megan think about you, & miss you so much. I keep your picture on my dashboard, but I just wish you were beside me instead. Me & Megan got a tattoo for you, it says “you’re still with us every step of the way”… & you are. I’ll never forget the last day I saw you. Not in the hospital, but the last day I saw you with that smile. That’s how I’ll always remember you… Smiling. The river, late nights, summer… None of them will be the same without you, but I promise to go because I know you would be right there with me if you could. I’ll never forget the time when I got home late from work & was just going to go to bed, & you ran upstairs screaming at me… “Good lord Taylor, you’re coming out with us. Stop lying. You’re coming.” And I’m so glad you talked me into it, because it was one more time I was blessed with your presence. Me & Megan don’t get along with very many girls… But you’re exactly like us. We were so excited about moving in together… Spending everyday together having the time of our lives. I wish I could just come visit you in heaven & tell you everything that’s going on… Or see those beautiful new wings of yours. I love you so much, Jess. You will not & never could be forgotten… I miss you, & I know you’re taken care of… See you soon angel.

  63. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY BEAUTIFUL ANGEL! Words cannot explain what I would give to celebrate with you today. I miss you so much & think about you everyday. I hope you’re enjoying it up there because me & Megan are missing our sister like crazy down here. I can’t wait to see that beautiful smile again one day & be able to spend everyday with my bestfriend again. I love you so much Jess! 😘😘

  64. Jessica, It’s been one year since you left this place But we still hear your voice and see your face The days come and go, but they are not the same Since you returned to the stardust from which you came. Love You Forever, Ali

  65. Linda and Cole: Couldn’t tell you how sorry we are about Jessica. Such a sweet and beautiful girl. We are in Cape Coral, FL. Retired last year but will always be fond of the family.

  66. She is an amazing girl and a big part of my child hood. I still don’t believe it when I see pictures. Her smile still as beautiful as can be and so full of life. Jessica will be missed dearly by any one who ever got the chance to get to know such an amazing person. To Linda cole and Samantha I hope yall are doing better these days and I hope to see you all again. Sooner then later! Rest in peace Jessica we will all get to see you and hear your voice again soon.

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