Jessika Peppers

Jessika was born on December 27, 1984 and was taken from this world by a tragic act of violence on August 25, 2017.  Jessika was a beautiful person who had a wild, gypsy soul and made an impact on everyone she met. Being outdoors, enjoying nature was her favorite place to be, she especially loved going fishing. Jessika also loved a wide range of music – which soothed her troubled soul. She was very adventurous, fun-loving and definitely lived life to the fullest in her short 32 years.  She will be missed by many people, her spirit and soul will live on in our hearts forever. Jessika was a mother, daughter, sister, aunt and a dear friend to many people.

Jessika was a 2003 graduate of Fort Osage High School where she excelled in sports – especially softball and basketball. Jessika was selected to be a part of the North American Softball Team to play softball in Amsterdam in 2002. She attended Independence College of Cosmetology and graduated from House of Heavilin Beauty College. She leaves behind two children; her mother, Carol Peppers; father, Rick Peppers; brother, Todd (Cara) Peppers; sister, Ricki Peppers; one nephew; and a large extended family including aunts, uncles and many cousins.

She was preceded in death by her beloved dog, Galaxy.

Due to the nature of Jessika’s death, there will not be a public funeral service. The family will hold a Celebration of Life for her at a later date. A fund has been set up to help the family with the expenses of this unexpected tragedy at

Our Sincere Condolences

We’ve never lost a sister from Serenity at Sunrise before. And my heart is broken, especially since you had just contacted me to come back. I saw first hand the struggle, then I saw you grow, and then shine. Your eyes would light up the room. You never allowed anyone to be sad around you. And you were stupid goofy to make sure they smiled. Now, God is up there shaking His head, wondering where you found that color of hair dye! I’m selfish, I know I am, and I’m ok with that. I wanted you in my house, not God’s house. But I don’t have that kind of power. You see the love people have for you? B – you made me cry! Your smile, your beautiful eyes, and your goofball ways, will always be in my heart. Carol…I have no words that can help you through this tragedy, but if you ever need an ear, a quiet place, a place to scream, or a place to sit where Jess sat when things were right in her world, Serenity at Sunrise welcomes you with open arms and hugs come with that too. God bless you Carol, as well as Rick, Tony, and the kids. Our prayers are with you always.
Jackie Molder

My dearest Carol and Rick and family, my heart holds you tight in your time of grief. I know you were wonderful parents who loved their daughter unconditionally and you were proud of her growth in life. I am here if there is anything you need. I am praying for you. Love and hugs.
Your friend, Regina

Jess I will always remember your contagious smile and huge heart. You were the most beautiful girl I’ve ever met inside and out. I love you and hope you are at peace away from this cruel world where there is no more sadness or anger. Fly with the angels.
Angela N. Swartwood