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Jasmine India Smith, loving mother of three children, passed away on September 23, 2019 at the age of 37.
Jasmine was born on March 24, 1982 in Nuremberg, Germany to Marvin and Terry Smith.
As a child she was very inquisitive, and loved to discover things on her own. Some may have labeled her as strong willed or stubborn, and they wouldn’t necessarily be wrong, but Jasmine would prove to them that those sorts of characteristics are needed in life.
Jasmine spent much of her time with her big brother Jeremy, and the two remained best of friends throughout most of their lives. As a teen, where you found Jeremy - you would find Jasmine. She hung with the boys (her brother’s close knit group of friends), and they loved having her around. In her early teenage days you would find herself and her close knit group, lovingly referring to her as “Tweety Mac.”
Once married and moved out, Jeremy and his wife Venessa took to bringing Jasmine along with them wherever they would go. She was incredibly close to her nephew Jeremiah, and they made many memories together in San Diego, where her brother was stationed in the US Navy. Jeremiah and Jasmine had a unique bond, as they sort of grew up together - being that she was only 14 when he was born. She wasn’t just his aunt, she was like a sister, his friend, and she loved him like he was her own child.
Jasmine attended Alta Loma High School in Alta Loma, CA and eventually met her then boyfriend Marquoś. The two would go on to have three children of their own together, Jaysean, Jayden, and Jeniece. Jasmine was intent on her kids having a very loving environment to grow up in, and immersed herself into being a very engaged stay at home mom.
One of her favorite things to do was to spend time with her beloved family at the beach. Anytime you asked Jasmine what she wanted to do, without fail she would ask to go to the beach. It was relaxing to her. Whether it was her, Marquoś, her brother, sister-in-law and various other friends, or later Jasmine, Marquoś, her children, and her mother - Jasmine just loved the beach.
She also enjoyed taking nature hikes to Gladstones to see the waterfalls with Marquoś and her kids, and hiking up and down Runyon Canyon with her Mother. When she wasn’t spending time outdoors, you could find Jasmine spending quality time with her children, nieces and nephews - coloring, doing arts & crafts, doing their hair, dancing and singing. She also enjoyed volunteering at her children’s schools at any opportunity she had.
One of Jasmine’s fondest childhood memories was watching boxing with her Grandpa Smith. She would eventually pass on the love of boxing to her own children, Jaysean and Jayden.
For the past two years, Jasmine worked at The Children’s Place Montessori School in Torrance, CA. She loved children and was gifted in her ability to connect with them. She was a strong advocate of helping children express their artistic abilities. Nothing was more satisfying for her than to foster the ability in a child to be able to express themselves openly and without judgment. The bonds she created with the children she cared for were very apparent, and the families of those children adored her.
In addition to her love for children, Jasmine loved animals. She once saved the life of a puppy by bottle feeding him until he was able to thrive on his own. That dog eventually preferred Jasmine over everyone else, and made it very well known.
Nurturing and caring for others is the essence of who Jasmine was. It is the very legacy she passed on to her three children.
Jasmine loved music, and you could often find her dancing to it. She loved all types: whether it had a good beat, insightful words, or a melody with an emotive feel that captivated her. Music was always an important part of Jasmine’s life.
Jasmine was preceded in death by her brother Marvin Wayne Smith, Jr. and her maternal grandparents Michael and Elizabeth McGill. She is survived by her three children Jaysean, Jayden, and Jeniece Jones, and their father Marquoś Jones, of Perris, CA; father, Marvin Smith of Killeen, TX; mother, Terry Smith of Corona, CA; brother, Jeremy Smith (Venessa) of Haslet, TX; sister, Iesha Smith of Cheyenne, WY; nephews and nieces, Jeremiah, Leilani, Samuel and Aubrey Smith; paternal grandparents Marshall and Henevelyn Smith of Killeen, TX and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
To celebrate Jasmine’s life, her family will receive friends & family at a visitation held on Thursday October 17th, from 10-11am at Upland Chapel - 525 W 18th Street Upland, CA 91784
The funeral service will immediately follow.
A burial service will follow the funeral service at Bellevue Memorial Park - 1240 West G St.
Ontario, CA 91762 on Thursday, October 17th at 1pm
Active Pallbearers are Jaysean Jones, Jayden Jones, Marquoś Jones, Marvin Smith, Jeremy Smith, and Jeremiah Smith.
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