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October 12, 2013

Jessica Lynn Hornberger

Jessica Lynn Hornberger, 29, was led to the arms of the Savior, Oct. 9, 2013 in Tulsa, surrounded by her family. Services will be held 10 a.m. Monday at Countryside Baptist Church in Stillwater with David Blose, officiating. Interment will follow at the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Ripley. Funeral service has been entrusted under the direction of Palmer-Marler Funeral Home in Stillwater.  Public visitation will be held at from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday and the family will greet friends at the funeral home from 6-8 p.m. Sunday.

Jessica was born April 3, 1984, to Robert Vasquez and Susan (Harrell) Henderson in Edmond. She was a 2002 valedictorian of Ripley High School, earned All-State honors in both fast-pitch and slow-pitch softball under a coach she loved and admired, Tony Cazzelle, completed her bachelor’s degree in education from Oklahoma State University in 2012, and was working toward her master’s degree in administration through Southern Nazarene University. She married Kenneth Hornberger of Perkins on Dec. 5, 2009, and was super mom to her two precious baby girls, Tallie, two, and Aniston, one.  

Jessica was involved in a six-week summer RET (research experiences for teachers) program through the engineering department at Oklahoma State University under the direction of Dr. Sundar Madihally. She researched the strength of scaffolding for new technology to aid in repairing human tissue that has been damaged due to illness, disease or injury. Jessica researched different compositions of materials and chemicals involved with the scaffold. As a participant she researched, performed testing, and wrote a scientific paper discussing her results. This experience gave Jessica increased insight to the world of science and engineering which fueled a deeper passion for her career in education and the students who touched her life as she touched theirs. She taught middle school science in Agra Public Schools in 2012 where she introduced the students to robotic technology, taking a team to their first global conference and competition during the summer. She was teaching pre-engineering at Central Technology Center in Drumright.

Jessica was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Bernon Vasquez; and her maternal grandparents, Bob and Judy Harrell. She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Hornberger; two children, Tallie and Aniston Hornberger, of the home; her parents, Robert and Stacy Vasquez of Chandler, and Steve and Susan Henderson of Ripley;  paternal grandmothers, Sarah Vasquez of Oklahoma City,, and Cathy Truax of Chandler; two brothers, Christopher Vasquez and wife, Christina of Ripley, Shea Henderson and wife, Aubrey, of Anchorage, Alaska; two sisters, Jennifer Vasquez of Ripley, and Bonni Kennedy and husband, Gerome of Bristow; aunts and uncles, Bernon Vasquez, Jr.  and wife, Donna of Atoka,  Vincente Vasquez of Oklahoma City,  Carmelita Pidgue of Oklahoma City, Scott Harrell and wife, Tina of Texas; nieces and nephews, MaKyla Bunch, Christian Vasquez, Trey Cox, Braiden Cox, Lukas Cox, Caleb Kennedy, Kaden Henderson, Adeline Henderson, forever friend, Jennifer Ortega of  Bixby;   a host of cousins and many, many friends.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the  Jessica Hornberger Childrens Education Fund at Payne County Bank.

Condolences may be sent to the family via an online guestbook available at


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