Jessica Christa Rudeen left earth unexpectedly, April 17, 2016. She entered this earth on January 26, 1987, at the Nuremberg, Germany, Army Military Hospital, joining her father, Capt. Randall Rudeen, MD, mother, Kathleen Pond Rudeen, and sister, Camille Rudeen Workman. From the beginning, Jessica led an active adventurous life with her family starting with being backpacked on her parents back walking the many volksmarches in the Bavaria area. Jessica took her first flight across the ocean at 5 months, being transferred with her family to the next duty station in San Antonio, Texas, Fort Sam Houston. Next was Fort Huachuca, Sierra Vista, Arizona. Jessica began her love of swimming at this duty station and enjoyed hitching a ride on the back of her parents bicycling all the trails in the countryside. Her father was discharged from the Army when Jessica was 2 years old. They moved with her family to Nampa, Idaho, where her father would begin his civilian OB/GYN physician practice.
Jessica attended Iowa Elementary in Nampa. She was active in Brownies and Girl Scouts, experiencing her first marketing skills selling Girl Scout cookies. Jessica was involved with gymnastic teams, dance groups/shows, drama groups/shows, piano recitals, saxophone, skiing and snowboarding. Jessica and her mother won a couple of trophies in some ski races for child/parent competition with Jessica placing first. Jessica and her mother also won first place in the mother/daughter golf tournament at Broadmore Golf Course.
In 6th grade, Jessica entered the Idaho Miss Pageant, receiving a trophy as well as a medal for the “Miss Smile” title. It was a courageous moment for Jessica to perform an art, answer business questions, and walk across a stage in formal attire and not fall, then smile really big through the entire event. Her winning smile touched many people throughout her life.
Beginning 7th grade, Jessica transferred to Eagle Middle School and then to Eagle High School, graduating in 2005 with a 3.4 GPA. During high school, she received the silver key award twice for outstanding performance, a varsity letter in dance team, studies focusing on art, photography, and social friendship.
Jessica was quite the computer whiz, educating friends and relatives how to manage the computer. Jessica helped many of her classmates with their school studies/assignments, getting them through high school. Her cousin, Max, was sure grateful for Jessica helping him through a summer school.
Jessica was an accomplished English rider with her thoroughbred, winning many ribbons and trophies in dressage and jumping events. Puzzle and Jessica blended well together with their spirit and competitive nature. Jessica and her mother would hook up the horse trailer, load Puzzle and off all three would go to their next event. Jessica had some great horse trainers guiding Jessica and Puzzle with the skills to win.
Some of the fondest memories for Jessica was participating in 4-H horsemanship competition, entering Western and English riding events. Puzzle glowed, winning the events with Jessica’s guidance.
Jessica graduated from Headmaster School of Hair Design, December 2007, earning her specialty certificate in Esthetics, Hair Extension, Permanent Cosmetics, Ethnic Hair as well as her art of Hair Style and Color. Jessica’s first cosmetology job was at Fantastic Sams and then Regis, giving her the valuable cosmetology experience to help encourage Jessica’s decision to be on her own, working at Hairspray Salon and Red Stiletto. Her biggest joy was to attend the National Cosmetology Event in New Orleans, learning and meeting some of the most famous hair dressers in the USA. Jessica has so many faithful clients because of her gift for style, color, and embracing her clients with genuine friendship. Jessica’s goal was to create a positive look for everyone who sat in her chair. All of her clients will miss sitting in her “stylist chair” being greeted with that big smile; especially her mother, Aunt Nancy, Grandmother B, Camille, and Amanda, but mostly her father who saw the hair appointment with Jessica as an opportunity to catch up with Jessica’s world.
Jessica’s sister, a physical fitness guru, helped Jessica keep on a fitness and healthy food program. Jessica enjoyed her moments with her sister in Hawaii. The family will treasure all our fun moments in Cascade at our cabin, boating, water and snow skiing, fishing and laughing.
Jessica is survived by her beloved son, Chase Kenneth Ireland, who adored his mother; her parents; sister, Camille, who she truly looked up to and nephew, Cole Hayes; grandmother, Jan Butterworth; uncle, Ken and aunt, Sharon Pond with cousins, Alexis Pond Bowyer (Blake) and Max; aunt, Nancy Pond with cousin, Shane Cochran and his daughter, Amanda Cochran; uncle Kevin and aunt, Kathleen Rudeen with cousin, Robyn Rudeen Saxena (Vinod); aunt, Janice Rudeen; aunt, Teresa and uncle, Lamont Anderson with cousins, Nick and family, Ryan, Sean, Natalie and family; Sarah; including many extended family members. Jessica is also survived by her most loved cat, Wayne, the rabbit, Bambi, thoroughbred, Puzzle, and most important to include her best friend and protector, Jeff Hewitt who loved Jessica as a sister. Jessica was preceded in death by her grandparents, Boyd and Marie Pond, grandfather, Quenton Butterworth, brother-in-law, Sgt. Chris Workman, and beloved border collie, Ike.
Instead of flowers, Jessica who greatly loved animals, would appreciate your memorial contributions be made to the Meridian Animal Shelter, 191 N. Linder Road, Meridian, Idaho 83642. Jessica would be thrilled to read all the many Facebook posts from so many of her friends and clients, as well as relatives. Thank you.
A viewing will be held today, Friday, April 22, from 5-8 p.m. at Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel, 5400 Fairview Ave., Boise. The memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 23, at 1 p.m., at Eagle Christian Church, 100 South Short Rd., Eagle, with a reception following.
1987 - 2016