Merry was born August 1, 1962, in Eureka. Merry passed away unexpectedly at home February 7, 2023 in Hoopa.

Merry spent most of her childhood living in Sunnyvale, California where she attended high school. After high school she traveled around working for the carnival. Finally settling in Hoopa in 1988 with her three sons.

Merry spent many years working for the Hoopa Volunteer Fire Department serving the residents of the Hoopa Valley until she was diagnosed with COPD. She was a very compassionate woman who touched all those around her with kindness and love. There is nothing Merry loved more than to be a grandmother. She loved each of her grandchildren and will always be “Grammie” to all who needed a mother or grandmother in their life.

Merry was preceded in death by her beloved grandparents Dorothy and Vern Westphal; her mother, Shirley “Honey” Brownell; her father, James Thomas Markin III; as well as her grandson, James Michael Richard Pack Jr.

Merry is survived by her three sons — Marty Paul Pack Jr and his wife Amanda Reed, James Michael Richard Pack Sr and his wife Carly Pack and Daniel Ray Pack and his wife Natasha Campos-Pack; and daughters Sandra Vader and her husband Raymond Vader Sr, Serena Westbrook, Crystal Jourden and her busband Randy Jourden; and Merry’s three brothers: James Markin IV, Tim Markin and David Markin; Merry’s sisters Darlene Stevens and Sherry Markin.

Merry was a devoted grandmother to Alexandra Nix-Pack, Thomas Nix-Pack, Ruby McCovey, Jillian Marshall, Rindy Marshall-Cossey, Xatimniim ”Max” Pack, Owen Pack, Abbie Reed, Ava Reed, Anaiah andreoli, Stephanie Schaum, Elizabeth Schaum, Breanna Schaum, Will Schaum, Drew Schaum, Shelbi Pack, Isaiah Pack, Jesus Campos, Margarita Campos, Alicia Campos, Victor Campos, Asela Gonzalez, Jose Gonzalez, Temptation Asenbauer, Infallible Asenbauer, Awa-a-way Vader and Raymond Vader Jr.; as well as great-grandchildren Annie Marie Nix-Pack-Lara, Aaliyah Faith Nix-Pack-Woodman, Aurora Violet Nix-Pack-Woodman, and Faith Marie Nix-Pack, Catherine Westbrook, Christian Westbrook and Kianna Westbrook.

She is also survived by her aunts: Marcy Casey and her husband Tim Casey and Sandra Kagay; her uncle Lloyd Douglass and his wife Anna Douglass; along with numerous cousins, adopted family and friends.

Merry Marie Pack Passed away unexpectedly on February 7, 2023, leaving behind a legacy of love and kindness that will never be forgotten. Her family takes comfort in knowing that she is reunited in heaven with those whom she loved so deeply from this world. May she rest peacefully knowing that we will remember her always.

Services will be held Tuesday February 14,, 2023, at Landmark Missionary Baptist Church in Hoopa at noon. Reception will follow directly after the service at Hoopa Valley Trading Post.


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