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Born: May 18, 1993

Date of Passing: May 10, 2021

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May 18, 1993 - May 10, 2021

Just days shy of her 28th birthday our beautiful daughter "Jassy" died tragically.
She has left behind her heartbroken parents, Norman and Brenda, brother Anders and Melissa, her Aunty Char and Joey, Grandpa Dave Shepell, Grandpa Gordon Normand and Shelly. She also leaves behind numerous family members from all sides of the families, as well as many, many friends.
She was recently predeceased by her loving and caring Grandma Shepell who never lost faith in Jassy and loved her unconditionally. Although her life has ended way too soon Grandma will be so happy to see her. She was also predeceased by her Uncle Gerald.
Jassy was a bright and energetic young girl. She had beautiful, long flowing hair. She grew up in the country and loved her dolls, riding her bike and the trampoline.
She had lots of school friends and a best buddy that lived next door. She loved books and family vacations, a trip to Valleyfair with Aunty Char, winter holiday to Mexico where she parasailed, swam with the dolphins and rode on the pirate ship.
Jassy loved pottery, music and her cats. She loved her collection of bracelets and her sparkly chandelier over her bed. She was kind and caring. She was quiet but friendly, polite and adventurous.
As a very young teenager we began to notice her slide into a black hole and did not immediately realize what had overtaken her. We frantically and relentlessly sought help for her drug addiction. Nothing succeeded. She tried so many times but a relapse always followed. She was not able to fight the demons that consumed her life for so many years.
Addiction does not discriminate. You just no longer own your life. Although she was taken by the hand of another, the addiction led to her fate.
We will always be thankful of those who knew and loved her unconditionally.
There are too many to mention but they include Karen M. and childhood friend Courtney C.
We are so thankful she can finally rest in peace as she has struggled for so many years. It was a gruelling battle which sadly has come to this end.

Oh Child. Things are gonna get easier.
Oh Child. Things'll get brighter.

I destroy homes, I tear families apart.
I take your children and that is just the start.
I'm more valued than diamonds,
more precious that gold.
The sorrow I bring is a sight to behold.

If you need me remember, I'm easily found.
I live all around you, in school and in town.
I live with the rich, I live with the poor.
I live down the street and maybe next door.

I have many names,
but there's one you'll know best.
I'm sure you've heard of me,
my name is Crystal Meth.
My power is awesome, try me and you'll see.
But if you do, you'll never break free...

A private service will be held where she will be buried with her Grandma.

Ken Loehmer Funeral Services

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 15, 2021

Condolences & Memories (14 entries)

  • So incredibly sad to hear this news. Jasmine (Jazz) was a former student of mine. She will be remembered for facing adversity and always doing so with a kind spirit. Her and her friend Vanessa provided me with much insight and many laughs. Peace to her spirit and care to her family. - Posted by: Taylor H (Teacher ) on: Jun 04, 2021

  • Jasmine and I had many sleepovers at her parents as kids, sometimes at my house... but we would borrow movies from her neighbor Lyle and her Aunty Char and have tons of snacks. Those childhood memories will always be some of my fondest. We begged the neighbor to let us use his hot tub every single time I would come over, and would spend hours on the trampoline talking about everything under the sun. We had caught up a few times in recent years, but I wasn't entirely in the loop with any issues going on. Regardless she was a beautiful soul and did not deserve any of this. My sincerest condolences to the family. - Posted by: Nikki Eardley (Childhood Friend) on: May 19, 2021

  • I did not know your daughter or you but your powerful, honest obituary about your beautiful daughter sounded like it could have been written for my daughter who continues to struggle. Know that your story is our story and the story of countless other families and your courage to write the truth about your daughter's life with such love and honesty has helped me and I am sure many others. - Posted by: Heather (no relation) on: May 18, 2021

  • Please accept our deepest condolences on the loss of your daughter. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.❤️ - Posted by: Liz Lischynski (Past co-worker of Brenda) on: May 18, 2021

  • I read the Free Press comments today, & since I receive the obituary notices daily, I recall your precious daughter’s name so decided to look up her obituary notice. As I read it, tears rolled down my cheeks! I feel your awful pain and want you to know you have done a very courageous thing by sharing her story! May you be blessed for that. I pray that others will be saved because of your openness. May it bring you some comfort knowing others, like me, will be praying for your family in your time of mourning. Accept my deepest condolences! - Posted by: Linda (online Wpf Free Press reader) (none) on: May 18, 2021

  • The last time I seen you was when you were born. I got to hold you one time when your mother Connie gave birth. Rest in paradise, God bless your soul - Posted by: Colleen (Friend) on: May 16, 2021

  • Jasmine, the many years I have known you have been just a blink of the eye. The sadness I feel from losing you is worth the smiles you gave me, and the happy memories we shared together. The way you could cheer me up with the way you would laugh, and your playful grin. You we're always so wonderful and kind, and I am proud to have called you my friend. I will always think of you with smiles and happiness. I will see you on the other side, my beautiful friend. Your eternal friend Rene - Posted by: Rene Fourneaux (Friend) on: May 16, 2021

  • My deepest condolences for your tragic loss, I could not help but respond after reading your powerful obituary. Your pain seeps through the words as you live through every parents biggest nightmare. I know you did everything you could to help your daughter and you were so brave to write about her battle. I feel for certain you will save at least one other child if not many in her memory as in these early stages of grief you are educating instead of burying the truth which, if everyone did instead of acting embarrassed or ashamed, maybe we could all work together and get hold of this situation. There is at least 4 young lives lost in our province every week. I have watched parents live through this battle not knowing how to help their children, I know she is at peace now and I pray you are able to find peace knowing educating others from this terrible disease is the biggest tribute to your daughter s life, thoughts are with you as a fellow parent only trying to imagine your pain and wishing there was a way to help ease it. - Posted by: Melanie Bernas (No relation ) on: May 16, 2021

  • I’m so sorry for your tragic loss. Jasmine had a beautiful life filled with so many joys. I will always have the fondest memories of a pretty little Jazzy running around capturing everyone’s hearts with her big smile. Love you all. ❤️ - Posted by: Andrea Bjorklund (Cousin) on: May 15, 2021

  • Jasmine and I shared a lot of memories together. I still thought about her and those times together, still talked about her to people. We were best friends and almost inseparable for a while during high school but naturally drifted apart due to differences in... "Hobbies", she was definitely a sweet, funny, cool person. One of our last convos we were talking about meeting up and hanging out when Covid settled down, I'm sad that never happened. She also told me "I still think of you as one of my best friends, I didn't want to be around you too much cause I didn't want to end up trying to influence you to do things again, I don't want you around it ya know" 😭🖤 I thought that was very thoughtful and tugged at my heartstrings but I still wish we were able to reconnect sooner. Sorry bro, I hope you're happy wherever you are. - Posted by: Vanessa M (Friend) on: May 15, 2021

  • Dear Mr. and Mrs. Normand and family: Although I do not know you, I was deeply saddened by the tragic death of your beautiful daughter Jasmine. Thank you for displaying strength, courage and dignity in sharing your journey with Jasmine. It just might save a life. Offering my heartfelt condolences. - Posted by: Joanne Martin (someone who cares) on: May 15, 2021

  • I'm so very sorry you lost such a beautiful young woman, may she rest in peace! God bless her family and friends. - Posted by: Shannon rae (Stranger) on: May 15, 2021

  • May her beautiful soul Rest In Peace and may her memory be a blessing. So sorry for your loss.❤️ - Posted by: Marly (Fellow Human Being) on: May 15, 2021

  • I’m so sad I have to say goodbye ... I never gave up hope my beautiful girl. Our family get togethers for birthdays, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmases will never be the same without you. Do what you love and read lots of books to grandma. I will see you in my dreams you always ❤️ - Posted by: Char (Aunty) on: May 15, 2021

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