On Wednesday, July 15, 2015, Marsha Juergens passed away peacefully in her sleep with her daughter Michelle and granddaughter Britainy at her side. Marsha had fought bravely against cancer for a long time before finally going home to her Lord. Services were held July 25 at the First Baptist Church of Winslow.
She was born Feb. 18, 1942, in the small town of Orrville, Ohio, the second daughter of Howard and Dorothy Jones. She was very close to her older sister Donna.
After graduating from Orrville High School, Marsha married Larry Reighard and gave birth to her son, John. He was such a happy and inquisitive child; he kept Marsha busy and laughing.
The following seven years saw much change as Marsha moved several times around the country. She celebrated the new year of 1968 with the birth of her only daughter, Michelle, in Anaheim, Calif.
While Marsha was born in Ohio and moved many places, her heart and home proved to reside in Arizona.
In 1980 she married the love of her life, Henry Juergens. After a brief stay in Phoenix, they moved with the kids to the woods of Blue Ridge.
Henry and Marsha did so many great things together. One of their proudest
accomplishments was the founding of the Blue Ridge Christian Church–built right next to their cabin. They both had a great devotion to Christ, and tried to live a life patterned after his sense of community and giving.
While living in Blue Ridge, Marsha became a partner in the Winslow Leavitt Insurance office. She spent over 25 years building relationships with the people she lived and worked with. She and Henry eventually bought a home in Winslow and were very involved in the community.
Marsha was a member of the women’s volunteer organization Soroptimist, as well as staying very involved in the church. Her passion for the future of Winslow grew as she was a member of the Planning & Zoning Board, but perhaps her proudest professional moment came when she was elected to the Winslow City Council and served as vice mayor.
Her quiet, kind acts and her compassion for people are her legacy.
So many people have their own stories of how Marsha touched their lives. If it was important to Winslow, it was important to Marsha.
She never missed an event–and particularly loved a good charity auction.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband Henry, her son John, her sister Donna and her parents.
She leaves behind her daughter, Michelle (Shultz) Pennington of North Hollywood, Calif., and her granddaughter, Britainy Pennington of San Diego, Calif. She is also survived by her companion, Mike Howell; her niece, Christine Mottingly; her nephew, Roger Funk; and many cousins, friends and the congregations at the Blue Ridge Christian Church and the First Baptist Church of Winslow.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Marsha’s memory to Alice’s Place-Winslow women’s shelter, 312 E. Second St., Winslow, Ariz. 86047, or to the Winslow Senior Center, 212 E. Second St., Winslow. Donations may be mailed or dropped off at 206 W. Third St. in Winslow.
Greer’s Mortuary of Winslow was in charge of the arrangements.