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Jessica Maria Lazo
October 16, 1986 ~ October 17, 2023 (age 37) 37 Years Old
Jessica Maria Lazo, of Dallas, TX, affectionately known as "Jess", was born on October 16, 1986, in Corpus Christi, Texas, to proud mother Mary Catherine Lazo “Cathy” and proud father Jesus Lazo. She graced the world with her presence until October 17, 2023, leaving much too soon. She was a colorful force of nature, leaving deep lasting impressions on every soul that was lucky enough to cross her path.
Jessica’s journey began as she excelled in school. She was always gifted in academia and became recognized by Duke University’s Gifted and Talented Identification Program early on in her elementary education, she maintained her gifted and talented identification throughout her schooling and after a couple of relocations with her family, she graduated with honors at Burleson High School class of 2005. Extracurriculars included: Volleyball and Dance Team, where she was often a top performer in all capacities. Following her high school graduation, Jessica chose to take a break from academics or a ‘gap year’; only she wouldn’t be taking a break at all, she would follow her TRUE PASSION in Music! Growing up Jessica could always be found singing and putting on musical shows with certain family members for fun as she came from a long line of musicians and music lovers. She took her undying love of music and embarked on studying music production at CRAS Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences in Arizona, landing her an internship at BMG Music Label in the heart of New York City, where she would brush shoulders with the then unknown artist known today as Rhianna and many other aspiring and legendary musical talents. 2006-2007. Following her experience and internship, Jessica put on her business and academic face and proudly became a first-generation college graduate, obtaining her Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of North Texas in 2011. Making her family endlessly proud of her accomplishments and the trajectory of shooting for the stars.
Jessica soon embarked on her professional career and steadily rose within the Finance industry as a young up and coming financial analyst within Fortune 500 companies, quickly evolving up to Principal Financial Leadership roles into an expert in her field as a consultant. Her peers, subordinates, and professional superiors alike were endlessly impressed with her work ethic and talents.
Beyond her professional endeavors, Jessica was an artist at heart and spent a lot of her free time gracing friends and family with her beautiful voice, creative writing, and attending music concerts all over the country.
Jessica’s life was a tapestry; a patchwork of passions. She enjoyed traveling and found joy in expanding her pallet and could often be found at the best foodie places around surrounded by friends and loved ones. Jessica’s energy was infectious and there could never be a dull moment with her around, belly laughing with Jessica was a favorite pastime for all who knew her. She was an incredibly bright, beautiful, headstrong, passionate, and multitalented individual who lit up every room she entered with her infectious smile and refreshing energy. She is preceded in death by her dear mother Mary Lazo, and her dear cousin Jimmy Plyler.
She leaves behind a myriad of loved ones to grieve the sudden loss, including her father, Jesus Lazo; stepfather, David Myers; grandmother, Maria Alicia Soliz; aunts: Anna Plyler, Sylvia Whitley, and Monica Cantu; uncle, Justo Ramirez; cousins: Joey Trevino, Javier Estrada, Cynthia Holt, Marissa Silvas, Silver Mora, Landon Whitley, Hudson Whitley, and Oliver Raifsnider; and a plethora of cherished friends and loved ones.
As we mourn this incredible woman, let us remember Jess for the big hugs, belly laughs, and the love and joy she brought into each of our lives. Her memory will forever be a beacon of light inspiring each of us to live life fully and to love wholeheartedly the way she did. May her soul rest in eternal peace with her dear mother, may they sing and rejoice in the heavens, and may her legacy of love live on in each of our hearts.