Jerrie Paschal passed away on February 1, 2021. She was born on August 18, 1941. Her father was George Marty, whose family had a string of trading posts on the Navajo Reservation. Her mother was Mollie Perkins of the pioneer ranching family, west of Holbrook.
Her earliest days were spent on the Perkins Ranch. She lived in a hogan home built by her father and his Navajo friends. Her father left Arizona during WWII and didn't return. After the war her mother married Charlie Jennings of Globe. He raised Jerrie as his own daughter. She grew up between Show Low and Holbrook. Her parents often travelled between the ranch in Holbrook and their plumbing supply store and bar in Show Low.
Jerrie married at 18 to Bill Edison, and though the marriage didn't last, she had her first son, Randy. She later married Jim Murph. Again the marriage didn't last, but she had her second son, Casey, with Jim, and lived with him on several Arizona ranches where he cowboyed. She married a third time, and she remained married to Darrell Schade for 25 years. Darrell died in 2000, and she married Bill Paschal of Holbrook.
Jerrie was a good barrel racer when she was young. She travelled around the area to compete on her fine barrel horses. She loved to play guitar and sing. She is best known around Holbrook for real estate. She was a broker at Jennings Realty for many years and served many people in the are with their real estate needs.
Jerrie was active in the community of Holbrook. She organized many volunteer efforts to improve the town. She was a local leader in the Holbrook Main Street Program and she was very busy with the preservation of Holbrook's historic structures. She did a lot of work at the Holbrook Cemetery to identify historic graves and map out who rests there.
One of Jerrie's proudest accomplishments was that she saved a large part of her grandfather's ranch, the Perkin's Ranch, from being split up. Most of it had been acquired by land speculators from California and through her real estate skills she was able to reacquire it and put it back together. Today both of her sons still live on the ranch, where families and cattle are still raised today, a 120 year old family tradition.
Jerrie's sons, Randy and Casey Murph, still live in the area. Her grandson, Riley lives in the valley, where he works as a structural firefighter. She has three grandkids, Wyatt, Mollie and Currey, living in Perkins Valley. Jerrie was very proud of her family and passed away peacefully, surrounded by them.