Jakie Jo (Murphree) Nunn was born in the early hours of the morning of March 30, 1927, in Roswell, N.M. Her mother was Lila Garrett Murphree and her daddy was Jake Hamilton Murphree. Her daddy was a rancher who loved cattle and was considered an excellent cowman. Her mother was a teacher and the first to go to college from her family. Jakie lived on several ranches with her parents north of Roswell including a ranch near Kenna, N.M. that her family owned. Being an only child Jakie was fortunate to have the complete love and attention of her parents. She didn't have siblings but over 50 first cousins took their place. Jakie went to school grades 1-8 at the one room Circle Y School in Chavez County with about 20 other pupils. She loved reading Bobbsey Twins books, Nancy Drew Mysteries and Little Women. Without electricity at their ranch, she read by kerosene lamplight. The ranch did not have the conveniences of indoor plumbing and heating and cooking was by wood stove in the beginning and then went to butane heater and floor furnace. She ate lots of chicken in the summer with produce from their garden and in the winter she ate lots of beef raised on the ranch. She and her family loved going fishing on the Pecos River, and camping and gazing at the stars. With all her many family ranching friends and neighbors, she attended many community gatherings, which had box suppers, pie suppers, dominos and country dances with music by fiddle, guitar and pianos. After finishing the 8th grade, Jakie and her mother moved from the ranch to Elida so she could attend high school. Either her mother and Jakie would go back to the ranch on weekends or her daddy would come to Elida. She was a Rainbow girl and was involved in many school activities. Her girls group in Elida were known as the "frisky five ". She graduated from high school in 1945 and then attended the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Jakie and many girls lived at the boy's fraternity house on campus, since the boys were serving in World War II. After Jonathan Ray Nunn came home from serving in the Navy during World War II, he and Jakie were married July 2, 1946, in House, NM at the Methodist Church. Jakie and Jon attended Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, walking to classes since they had no car. During the second year, their oldest child, Linda was born in 1948. The Dr. said Linda was a beautiful baby and looked like a little doll. In the fall of 1948 Jakie moved with her family to Las Cruces, NM, so Jon could attend and finish his college degree at New Mexico A&M (now New Mexico State University). They lived in a small 3 room apartment with community toilets and showers in Veterans housing on campus. They bought their first car in the spring of 1949. Their second child, Ray Murphree was born in 1949. After Jon graduated from college, Jakie, Jon, and Linda moved to Clayton NM for Jon to work training veterans in agriculture for the FHA. They then moved to Walsenburg, CO where they were in cattle ranching business with Jakie's parents. Jakie taught school part time in a small school house in an area called Rattlesnake Butte and also worked part time for a small Montgomery Ward store. The drought in Colorado during that time was hard on their cattle business, so they moved to Las Vegas, NM for Jon to work with FHA again. Her parents also moved to Las Vegas and stayed in ranching and allowed Jakie and her family to be part of the ranching business. In 1955, Jakie's third child Jeff Alan was born. Jakie finished her college degree in Elementary Education at Highlands University in Las Vegas. In 1964, Jakie and her family moved to Tucumcari, NM for Jon to continue his successful career in banking. This was now their long time home until retirement. Jakie taught school several years, was a member of PEO, played the piano at the First Christian Church, had many friends and played lots of bridge, becoming a duplicate bridge player. She was a strong supporter of all her children in their activities. Her three children graduated from Tucumcari High School and all went on to receive college degrees with lots of encouragement from their Mother. Jakie's parents moved to Tucumcari when they retired, which allowed Jakie to support and take care of them until the end of their lives. Jakie enjoyed traveling all over the US and overseas trips to Great Britain, Scotland and the Olympics in Korea. She accompanied her husband J.R. during his tenure as an officer and President of the Independent Bankers Association of America. They traveled to over 45 states promoting community banking. Jakie was an important part of this endeavor. Jakie eventually moved to Amarillo, TX, where she and Jon retired and they spent their final years. Jakie went to be with the Lord October 13, 2021, and was be buried next to her husband of 67 years and her parents in the Cemetery in Tucumcari, NM. Jakie is survived by her daughter, Linda Nunn Johnson (husband Mark) of College Station; son, Ray Murphree Nunn (wife Nancy) of Colorado Springs; and son, Jeff Alan Nunn (wife Kathi) of Amarillo; seven grandchildren, Ron Johnson, Brian Johnson, Tyson Nunn, Lindsey Brooks, Johnna Purcell, Brenna Smiley, and Sam Nunn; 20 great-grandchildren, Taylor Johnson Baughman, Luke Johnson, Darby Johnson, Riley Johnson, Zak Johnson, Ava Nunn, Mason Nunn, Tate Brooks, Lois Brooks, Cole Purcell, Trip Purcell, Luke Purcell, Jake Purcell, Claire Smiley, Libby Smiley, Wyatt Smiley, Madyson Nunn, Brooklyn Nunn, Leighton Nunn, Drake Nunn; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Published by Quay County Sun from Oct. 18 to Oct. 20, 2021.