Jennifer Lynn Machula entered mortality on November 21, 1975 and entered eternity on December 28, 2019. Over her lifetime she revealed herself to be a loving, empathetic, and spiritual woman. She was an accomplished vocalist and pianist as she held a Bachelor of Arts cum laude which she used to bless those in her sphere of influence. Jennifer also enriched the world by serving a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In the face of many obstacles and disappointments, such as twice confronting cancer, Jennifer chose to respond with faith and courage. In the end her powerful example shows she came off conqueror, doing so with grace.
Those of her friend circle say she is a joy to be around and loyal, always supporting and encouraging. Those of her family say she is loving, tender and of an understanding heart. Those who casually know her say she has a keen and discerning mind.
Jennifer leaves behind two sons Jordan and Dallas Merdick who adored and relied on her; her former husband and childhood friend Grayson Merdick; her father and step-mother Myron and Dorothy Machula; two siblings Cindi Baltz and Ryan Machula. Finally, she also has many relatives, friends, and associates of both long-standing and newer acquaintance. Her mother Terri Lee Franks Machula preceded her in death.
Memorial services are contemplated for January 11, 2020 at 10:30 am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 745 North Val Vista, Mesa, AZ 85205.
Because I only knew her for a short time, I cannot say a lot about her personality. However, I did observe her tenacity in never giving in to the awful illness that took over her life near the end. She had great loving and fully supportive parents who stayed by her side all the way. She leaves a large void in all the lives of her family and friends.
Holding your family in my heart, remembering your bright and shining star, Jennifer. That the Lord may sustain you is my fervent prayer. Much love.
I remember Jennifer so well from her teenage years. I was her YW Leader and adored and loved her. It was fun watching her grow up and be married. Sweetest, kindest, talented, loving girl around. So sorry to hear about her passing. My condolences to all of the Machula family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jennifer was a ray of Sunshine on a cloudy day! She had so much sweetness that radiated from her soul. She always had a smile, and she had a voice of an angel. My sincere condolences goes to her family.
So sorry to hear about Jennifer. She is remembered for her music, quick smile, and a sweet kind person. Our condolences to the family, remembering past memories. Makes one think of our own mortality. So grateful for God’s Plan of Salvation
When things were stressful at work, Jennifer was one who stayed positive. Jennifer was a good listener and gave genuine and thoughtful advice. I will miss and always remember her strength and our great conversations. My prayers and thoughts go out to her baby boys and her loved ones.
I have often wondered what became of Teri’s sweet family. She was such an amazing friend and had the ability to love others unconditionally. It sounds like Jennifer has followed in her footsteps. It breaks my heart that she went home while still so young but I know that Teri is overjoyed to be with her sweet girl again. We send our love and prayers to Jordan, Dallas, Cindy, Myron, and Ryan.
Jennifer was a very special person. She had a beautiful voice and she blessed the world with her musical talent. She had so much courage to face her many challenges and adversities with a brave heart. Although we all miss her very much, we look forward to being reunited with her one day in heaven. We hold her dearly in our hearts forever.
Jennifer was such a sweet and caring person with a shy and pure interest in the world. We always enjoyed are visits with her and will miss her dearly. She was cherished by our grandchildren, Zaden and Zoey, who loved Aunt Jennifer whole heartedly. Our condolences to her family and friends, who’s loss cannot be eased by mere words.
Jen is my friend. Even though we only me but a few years ago, we had a deep connection from the start. I’m grateful for our deep meaningful conversations. I’m grateful for her gentleness and courage. Love and blessing to her family and all who were touched by her life. I’mso grateful for the understanding that We will see her again ♥️
I was lucky to really get to know Jennifer while we worked together for several years. She had a treasured personality. She was funny and had a great laugh. Jennifer was little but she had a huge heart and a huge voice when she decided to use it. She was so positive she was just fun to be around.
The way she spoke about both of her boys, the love and fierce loyalty she had for them was an inspiration. When Jennifer talked about her sons you could tell she was very proud of them, in every way. I enjoyed knowing she wanted them to have the best in life and the best of her. I loved that she spoke so positively about her parents, and that they were able to provide her with support and unconditional love that everyone needs. I am reminded once again that family shapes us all, and that to be with a loving family can redeem us all even from the most numbing pain. Jennifer was an exceptional and extraordinary person. She will be missed. Randi –
Jennifer changed my life in the most important way anyone can. She introduced me to God. It is a gift that I will never forget and for which I will always be thankful.