Jessica Nadine Rick, age 32, of Mankato, died unexpectedly of natural causes on Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at her home.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, May 11, 2009 at Mankato Mortuary. Interment will be in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the mortuary. Memorials may be given to the Christian Children's Fund or the Harry Meyering Center.
Jessica was born on February 8, 1977 in Ft. Carson, CO. She was the daughter of Charles and Valerie (Weir) Rick. Jessica was a 1995 graduate of Central High School in Norwood-Young America. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Spanish from Mankato State University. Jessica went on to receive her Masters and Specialist Degrees from Moorhead State University. She entered the U.S. Army Reserves in December of 1994, had a tour of duty in Iraq from February 2003 through May 2004, and currently held the rank of Warrant Officer with the 417th Reserve Unit in Faribault. While in school, she was employed with the Harry Meyering Center. She worked with the River Bend Special Ed. District in New Ulm since 2002 as a school psychologist and also part-time at Mully's on Madison. Jessica enjoyed exercising at the YMCA, caring for her pets, and sharing family memories especially during "game nights".
Jessica is survived by her parents, Charles and Valerie Rick of Virginia; three brothers, Bernard Rick and his fianc"e, Angie Reed of Rice, Zachary Rick of Duluth, and Abraham Rick of Duluth; maternal grandmother, Barbara Weir of Peachtree City, GA; aunts and uncles, Pam (Rick) Lander, Rob Weir, Renie Smith, Peggy Rick, Dennis (Julie) Rick, Marsha (Tom) Hall, Mary (Ron) Roy, and James (Shelly) Rick; also many cousins.
She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, John and Johanna Rick; maternal grandfather, Robert Weir; and two uncles, John Rick Jr. and Larry Smith.