Jessica Tyson-Ragan

November 30, 1990 - October 21, 2016

    Jessica Nicole (Schaal) Tyson-Ragan, 25, of Taylorville, passed away on Friday, Oct. 21, at Taylorville Memorial Hospital.
    A memorial service was held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28, at Dawson & Wikoff Funeral Home, Blue Mound. The family received friends for a time of visitation from 4-7 p.m. on Friday. Memorial contributions may be directed to Earthmover Credit Union c/o Jessica Schaal and Holliday Marie Memorial Fund.
    Jessica was born on Nov. 30, 1990 in Decatur, the daughter of Paul V. Schaal and Kellie L. Shride. She attended Meridian High School and worked at Los Rancheros Mexican Restaurant.
    Jessica is survived by her parents: Paul V. Schaal and Kellie L. (Patrick) Shride; daughter: Holliday Marie; sister: Kayla M. Schaal; brothers: Justin and Jacob May; fiancé: Nestor Lopez; grandparents: Rickie (Kay) White, Carol Tyson, and Cindy Schaal; great-grandfather: Earl Riddle; special people in Jessica’s life: Chance (Vanessa) May; and Jessica’s best friend: Brittany Rivera. She also leaves many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
    She was preceded in death by her great-grandparents: Audrey Riddle, Billie Powell, Margie Neeley and Willis “Spec” (Mary Jane) White.
    Jessica has touched the lives of everyone she has ever met. She was a blessing to all of us.
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