Jazmin R. Malson

August 13, 2001September 23, 2020
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Jazmin R. Malson, 19, of Peoria, Illinois passed away on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on August 13, 2001 in Peoria, Illinois, daughter of Carrie (Simerly) Higgins and Vince Malson. Jazmin is survived by her parents, Carrie (Steve) Higgins of Washington and Vince (Nicole Wood) Malson of Metamora; sister, Leila Higgins of Washington; step-sisters, Olivia Lalk of Pekin and Addisyn Wood of Metamora; step-brother Ayshton Wood of Metamora; maternal grandparents, Paul and Ann Marie Simerly of Peoria; maternal step-grandfather, William Higgins of Pekin; great-grandmother, Alice Reta of California; paternal grandparents, Frank and Mickey Malson of East Peoria, paternal great-grandfather Mike Despines of Washington; aunts and uncles, Jason Simerly of Hanna City, Carrie (Gerard) Smith of Pekin, Stacey (Shane) Hayes of Pekin and Brett (Jill) Malson of Georgia; and many other aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family.She was preceded in death by her maternal great-grandparents, Manuel Reta and Thelma Simerly, maternal step-grandmother Lucretia Montgomery, paternal great-grandparents, Bernice and Merl Malson; and paternal great-grandmother, Anne Despines.Jazmin graduated Limestone High School in 2019 with honors. She was a student of Kim’s Academy of Dance for 15 years, eventually becoming a teacher. She loved her students and they adored her.Jazmin was a Biochemistry Major with a Business Minor at Culver-Stockton in Canton, MO, with intent to be a pediatric surgeon in the future. With boundless energy, she took on 20 hours of classwork in her first semester, being named to the Dean’s List and President’s List with a perfect 4.0, all while being the Director of Campus Activities through Chi Omega Fraternity. She worked in the Alumni Office, was a Resident Assistant, and worked in the library. She was also the President of Students Organized for Sustainability. Her goal was to graduate within three years in order to begin medical school so that she could begin saving lives and helping those in need. Her desire to be the best in everything she did gave her the energy to do more than anyone else.Jazmin took on every task and challenge given or asked for, and more. She effortlessly juggled family, dance, college, and as many activities and events as she could, never feeling that all of it was a chore, but seeing it as a mission to learn as much as she could, to help as much as she could, and to spread her love. She reached for the stars in every aspect of her life, doing it all with a mesmerizing smile.The last twenty-four hours of her life happened so suddenly, giving little time for loved ones to even comprehend life without her. While we all grieve and try to gain strength from God and each other, we know that we will walk together once again in His kingdom.Jazmin was a light and an inspiration to all who knew her, especially to her family. Her dreams and ambitions were higher than any of us could imagine, and yet, it was only her first act as a young adult. Now those of us left behind dream of what might have been, but we are all the richer for having had Jazmin in our lives, even if only for a short nineteen years. We can never fill the void left in our hearts, but we will honor Jazmin’s memory by always being the best we can be, as she always strived to do. Until we meet again, our dearest Jazmin.Visitation will be held on Monday, October 5, 2020 from 4-8 p.m. at Davison-Fulton Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home in Peoria.Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 11 a.m. also at the funeral home. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Metamora.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Jazmin Malson Scholarship at Culver-Stockton College, One College Hill, Canton, MO 63435.Online condolences may be made at


  • Jazmin Malson Scholarship at Culver-Stockton College, One College Hill, Canton, MO 63435


  • Visitation

    Monday, October 5, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, October 6, 2020



Jazmin R. Malson

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Niya Simerly

October 25, 2020

I love you so much jazzy, it’s so hard going every day with out talking to you, nothing will be the same without you, especially all of the holidays, I will miss all of our laughs and memories. I’ve never had to deal with something so hard. You were such an amazing impact on my life and I wish I could have another laugh with you, or just another late night conversation, talking about school and nursing or being our crazy selves. I know you will always be watching over us, I love you so much. Keep dancing up there for all of us pretty girl 💞💞 i will forever miss you 🥰🥺

Brenda Thomas

October 15, 2020

Jazminhad a huge heart and love of life.I loved watching her grow and what a beauty.She will always have a place in your heart if lucky enough to meet her.Words can't expressthe sorrow I feel for Carrie n Vinnie n rest of family.Please know we are always here to talk about funny things she did around us and Vinny thst little girl Wrapped her around your finger from day one.Everyone says we are lent here for a while but then Gods says its timeto go.How do we handle this;we lean on God and all your friends.Never forget we are here anytime day and night.Love from MamaT and family

Lisa and Lindsey Janco

October 5, 2020

My daughter and I knew Jazmin from Kim's Academy. She was a beautiful dancer, and a sweet instructor. She always had a smile when I saw her.
Our heartfelt condolences to all her family!

Steve Van Meter

October 5, 2020

Very sorry for your incredible loss. My thoughts are with you in your time of grief.

Christopher Benson

October 5, 2020

We offer our deepest sympathy to your family, our thoughts and prayers are with you

Crystal Shaw

October 5, 2020

My deepest sympathy to your family during this difficult time. I know she was an amazing bright girl from the way Steve proudly spoke of her at work. May your fond memories bring you all the strength and comfort you need to get through this. She will always be there in your hearts.

Shayla Sickels

October 3, 2020

What a beautiful tribute. It's easy to see she enjoyed every moment and was so incredibly loved❤ May God provide his peace to all who mourn for her precious life gone too soon, but rest assured we will meet again🤗❤🤗

Dan & Kim Eye

October 3, 2020

We are so incredibly sorry for your loss and for this beautiful life cut short. Although we don’t understand why, we know that God weeps right along with you and will provide the comfort needed to sustain you and help you to carry on! Much love and many prayers.

Michelle & Tim Nordlund

October 2, 2020

What a beautiful tribute movie ❤️ You can tell she lived a life full of fun and love with her family. We are so sorry for your loss, a life taken way to soon. We pray for strength and peace beyond understanding as you go through this. Keep her memories strong till you meet again. Which you all will 🥰. Love you guys 😘

Chad Allen

September 30, 2020

Vince, im so so sorry for your familys loss... Stay strong man.. I remember how you always talked about her at our work.. I dont understand life sometimes thats for sure.. Many prayers Vince.. Carson and I are are thinking about you buddy... Chad and Carson, East Peoria


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