The Curry Coastal Pilot

Cherie Michelle Jarnigan

March 25, 1976-June 9, 2014

Cherie Michelle Jarnigan, of Gold Beach, passed away June 9, 2014. She was 38 years old. Michelle was born March 25, 1976, in Nashville, Tennessee.

In 1994 she graduated from McGavock High School in Nashville. After high school, Michelle attended Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee.

She married Terry Lynn Jarnigan on Sept. 7, 1997, and together they had two children.

Michelle owned and operated her own mobile dog grooming business, Little Girls Mobile Grooming, for more than 10 years in Madison, Tennessee. She worked hard to support her family, for which Terry is eternally grateful.

In 2012, Michelle and her family moved to Eugene from Nashville. Then, in 2013, they moved to Gold Beach.

Michelle was a very loving, joyful person who loved to laugh. She had a beautiful smile. She was not materialistic in nature, and her main focus in life was being a good wife and mother to her two young boys. She was an avid pet lover, and never met a stray that she didn't want to rescue. Michelle also enjoyed the outdoors, camping, and attending music concerts.

Michelle is survived by her husband, Terry Jarnigan, and their sons Damien Spencer Jarnigan and Skyler DaVinci Jarnigan of Gold Beach; brother Christopher L. Craft, his wife Tiffany, and their son Evan of Springfield, Tennessee; brother Edward Craft, his wife Suk-Ing, and their son Jian-Liang of Nashville; aunt Linda McIntyre; uncle Murrell Mathis Jr.; grandmother Margaret Mathis; mother Diana Mathis of Nashville; also surviving are numerous cousins who loved her; and friends too numerous to list individually. Most people she met ended up being a friend.

She is preceded in death by her uncle Billy McIntyre, who served as a father figure; and grandfather Murrell "Shorty" Mathis Sr.

Her husband Terry expresses his immense gratitude to the Gold Beach and Curry County communities. He appreciates all that has been done to help his family during this difficult time and wishes to thank everyone who has stepped in to help in any way.

A viewing will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. today (June 18) at Redwood Memorial Chapel, 1020 Fifield St., Brookings.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 19, at First Baptist Church, 29755 Turner St., Gold Beach.

Memorial donations may be made to Rogue Credit Union in an account set up for Cherie Michelle Jarnigan, and online at

Arrangements are under the direction of Redwood Memorial Chapel, and condolences may be expressed online at

Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel.