WALNUT – Jessica Jane Sergeant, 32, of Davenport, Iowa, formerly of Walnut, passed away Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, at Walnut Manor Nursing Home after a 6-year battle with Li Fraumeni disease, a rare cancer-causing disease.
Jessica was born Sept. 12, 1981, in Walnut, the daughter of Jeff and Sally (Rodgers) Wallace. She was united in marriage to James Sergeant Jr. on Aug. 19, 2006, at Maxson Manor in Oregon. She worked at Allied Locke in Dixon for several years; at John Deere in Moline; and as a Tastefully Simple representative.
Jessica loved to run, and was a member of the Rock River Road Runners. Despite having part of her lung removed, Jessica was determined to run as a member of the 2009-2010 Sauk Valley Community College cross country team that qualified for nationals. She always was an active person. She participated in basketball, softball, track, cross country, and karate.
Jessica wanted to thank and remember all those who shared memories with her. These memories include swimming at the Walnut pool, scrambling for pennies at family reunions, running road races, her annual Fourth of July parties, family get-togethers at the Rock River, and playing at Grandpa Rodgers’ farm. She enjoyed spending time with her three beloved cats, Paws, Jasper, and Muffin.
Jessica was a true inspiration to all, especially through her battle with cancer. She was tougher than cancer. Never did she become disheartened. Cancer was not going to stop her from leading a normal life. Jessica said that if her life was summed up in three words, it would be: “Totally worth it!”
She is survived by her husband, James Sergeant Jr. of Davenport; her parents, Jeff and Sally Wallace of Walnut; two sisters, Danielle Wallace of Walnut and Suzy Wallace of Naperville; one brother, Darrell (Leslea) Wallace of Sterling; her maternal grandparents, Kenny and Alice Rodgers of Sheffield; two uncles, James (Madolyn) Wallace of La Moille and Jerry (Chris) Wallace of Champaign; and one aunt, Judy Patton of San Diego. She will dearly miss her nephews, niece, and numerous cousins.
She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Marvin and Lorena Wallace of Walnut.
A time of sharing will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday and a celebration of life at 2 p.m. Sunday at Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. Please feel free to wear the orange or gray benefit T-shirts to her services in honor of Jessica’s celebration of life.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.
Visit www.garlandfuneralhome.com to send condolences.