Jessica Laura Hollis

April 21, 1979September 19, 2014
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Jessica Wright Hollis grew up in San Antonio, Texas, graduated from Churchill High School in 1997 where she was a varsity cheerleader. She attended Texas A&M in Corpus Christi and Southwest Texas State studying Marine Biology.

Jessica met her future husband, Ricky Hollis while they were serving as EMTs in San Antonio. They then served together as Paramedics for Calhoun County for 5 years. The couple moved to Austin after being accepted into the Austin Police Academy, and had the distinction of being the 2nd married couple to ever graduate from the Austin Police Academy. Jessica served with the Austin Police Department and the Travis County Parks Department, before being recruited by the Travis County Sheriff’s Department. Ricky has served with the Austin Police Department for 9 years.

Jessica has served with Honor and Distinction for the Travis County Sheriff Office for the last seven years, becoming a Senior Deputy Sheriff. Jessica served as a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer and Vice Officer. Jessica loved diving and worked hard to become a member of the prestigious Travis County Dive Team. She had just become a Certified Master Scuba Diver and received the Unit Citation Award for her work with the Dive Team. Jessica and son Mason shared their love of diving and they were very proud of his recent diving certification. The American Legion nominated Jessica for 2010 “Officer of the Year”. Her Lieutenant eloquently stated, “Jessica was a shining star and would advance far with Travis County”. Although slight in size, she had a vivacious personality. She was loved, respected and admired by family, friends and peers. Anyone who knew Jessica would say she never met a stranger.

Jessica above all, loved spending time with Mason; most recently, their special mother-son vacation to New Orleans and the Hall family lake vacation. She was very sentimental about her family heritage, saving and collecting family treasures: from the 1951 Pontiac Chieftain, the family restored to her late Granny Wright’s piano that she loved and hoped Mason would play but “Football and Diving were winning out”. Vicki and Jessica loved Mother/Daughter time that was lovingly referred to as “Mommy Me Time”, sharing their passion for helping animal rescue shelters and searching for all things Vintage.

Her strong desire to serve and help “Everyone” was evident in all she did and she died living her passion of serving others. In Lieu of Flowers, the family feels Jessica would request that donations be made to the AY Chihuahua Rescue of Austin, Texas in honor of Ms. Olivia and Ms. Frida.

She is survived by her husband of 12 years, Ricky; their 12 year old son, Mason; her mother, Vicki Wright; stepfather, Bill Wright and partner, Eva Lee; father, Rick Hall and wife Dale Freeman; siblings, Wade Wright, Crystal Fulfer and husband Weston, Katherine Lively and husband Billy, Taylor Hall and wife Bianca; grandmother, Jessie Hall; and mother-in-law, Melody Hollis.

Serving as pallbearers will be Jessica’s patrol shift and her brothers: Wade Wright & Taylor Hall.

The family sincerely appreciates and gives our Heartfelt thanks to all the brave people that diligently searched long hours for Jessica. We also greatly appreciate the tremendous support we have received from the Travis County Sheriff Department and the Austin Police Department.


  • Visitation Tuesday, September 23, 2014
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Jessica Laura Hollis

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John Loughran

December 26, 2015

I hope you're having a good laugh with everything that is going on down here right now. You will not be forgotten by those that knew and loved you.
We miss you terribly, but we carry on in your name and honor.
RIP 5D20, DT15, 4413

Tom Sapio

April 29, 2015

Dear Jessica's I left flowers and a happy birthday balloon at the creek where you gave the ultimate sacrifice. Your End Of Watch. please know that we are thinking of you.

Stan Roper

April 28, 2015

Happy Birthday Jessica, still thinking about you and miss you dearly.

Stan Roper, TCSO


October 7, 2014

Bless Jessica and her family. May God continue to give his love and peace to TCSO and APD.

Allison Cook

October 2, 2014

My prayers are with the whole family. Rick - I know you were very proud of Jessica and you must miss her dearly. My heart goes out to you.

Becky Foreman

September 26, 2014

Rick - The pain of a loss reflects how deeply you have loved. I pray you find the peace and strength to get through this time of grieving. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Susie Zwahr-Luttrell

September 25, 2014

Ricky, Mason & TCSO,
My sympathy and prayers are with you and your families & her family during this time. From what I read and heard about Jessica, she was quite a beautiful & loving wife, mother & co-worker and just enjoyed life to the fullest!! She will be greatly missed by all of us!! God Speed Senior Deputy Hollis!!!

Susie Zwahr-Luttrell

September 25, 2014

To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998

Mary Saenz

September 25, 2014

From one lady deputy to another, rest easy my dear sister, your family will be cared for and your brothers and sisters in blue will always carry you in our hearts. Well done good and faithful deputy your tour on earth is done.

Tracy Meek

September 25, 2014

Rest in Peace Jessica.
The LORD is wonderfully good to those who wait for him and seek him. So it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the LORD.

For the Lord does not abandon anyone forever. Though he brings grief, he also shows compassion according to the greatness of his unfailing love."
Lamentations 3:22-26; 31-32 (NLT)