Jessica Ann Trabakoolas “Jess”, loving wife, daughter, mother of four, and γιαγιά to two sweet boys, passed away on the 30th of October after a long and courageous battle with depression and PTSD. Jessica was born in Auburn, CA on November 4, 1982 and was raised by her mother, Christine Sparling, in Fort Bragg, CA.
When Jess was 21 years old, she enlisted in the US Army and served in the infantry division known as the 10th Mountain Division based out of Fort Drum, New York. Soon after, she was deployed to Iraq and served in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). Jess received an honorable discharge and returned home to begin her college career at Sierra College in Rocklin, CA. Her education culminated in a double associate's degree in science.
Jessica and her husband, Jason Trabakoolas, met 12 years ago and knew immediately they were soulmates, and “twin flames” within no time. They spent their time together traveling to excotic places, scuba diving in the most beautiful parts of the world, moshing and crowd surfing in the pit at every rock concert they went to, going to hockey games, and having movie nights cuddling on the couch. Most importantly, they laughed, loved, and learned about life together with each passing day.
She was known for her endless craftiness, contagious cackle, generosity, and kindness that reached the sky, and the overflowing amount of love she had for her family. Whether she was hand making purses, curtains, or clothes in her craft room, fixing the ride-on lawn mower, building a chicken coop from scratch, sewing patches on and being the den mom of the Sons of Seventies Scooter Gang, gardening, painting, cooking, crocheting, making you a drink to sit down and talk, or taking her jewelry off to go into the ring and “choke a b**** out” at a motorcycle rally, (Jess’s Sturgis Fight on Youtube, definitely worth the watch) she truly did it all with grace and gumption.
Jessica is preceded in death by her dear Aunt Shelley. She is survived by her husband, Jason Trabakoolas; mother, Christine Sparling; father, Gene Ray; daughters, Tayley Trabakoolas, Hannah Trabakoolas, Demara Graves, and Chelsey Trabakoolas; grandchildren, Luca Trabakolas and Gunnar Trabakoolas; and so many others who loved her with their whole being.
She will be forever missed by her entire family. This loss is not only a loss to us, but to everyone who her life touched. She made an impact on every single person she met. You have never known someone with such a vibrant, loving, and impactful soul until you met Jessica. A celebration of her beautiful life will be held at a later date for her closest friends and family to get together and share memories and their love for her.
Charitable donations can be offered to https://stopveteransuicide.org in Jessica’s name and honor.
“We know that we can’t have you but we’re happy knowing that the angels have finally got you back. Goodbye to a wonderful woman, and a beautiful mother.”
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