Michele Shero, the mother of two, was killed in a single-vehicle rollover late Friday morning.
Shero, 31, leaves her sons, Zachary, 4, and Brandon, 10, her husband, Shawn, and many heartbroken friends in the Rim country real estate industry.
Shero was headed to the Mogollon Ranch development to put a sign on one of two listings she had there with Prudential Arrowhead Realty in Pine.
"I saw her just before she left. She was in really good spirits," said Suzanne Knighton of Prudential Arrowhead Realty in Pine.
"She was a go-getter. She had a great future ahead of her. She worked very hard. We were looking forward to having her with us. It's such a shock. She was so alive and now she's gone. We're really going to miss her," Knighton said, her voice breaking.
"She was such a spirited girl and had so much on the ball. She was also a big support to her husband," said Cliff Potts, owner and broker for Prudential Arrowhead Realty in both Payson and Pine.
Potts said the Sheros moved to the Rim country from Phoenix about six months ago, living in the home of Michele's parents, June and Edwin Heath, part-time residents of the area. The couple recently bought their own home in Strawberry.
Shawn Shero is a builder, contractor and does excavating. He is currently working with his father, Dick Shero, in Happy Jack, Potts said.
"I guess he is taking it really hard," Potts said.
DPS Officer Tony McDaniel said Shero was traveling northbound on Highway 87 when, for an unknown reason, she exited the right side of the road. She was near milepost 297 near Clint's Wells.
"She over-corrected to the left, crossed the center line into the southbound lane, over-corrected back to the right and rolled side to side," McDaniel said.
Shero's vehicle left the east side of the road and went down a 25-foot embankment, according to the Pine-Strawberry Fire Department, which responded to the accident. McDaniel said the vehicle ended up about 53 feet off the road, top down, resting on the top right corner. Shero was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle, he said.
The accident was witnessed by people in a southbound vehicle and one following Shero's car. McDaniel said none of the witnesses could tell why the vehicle initially left the road.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 11 at the Pine Cemetery. The arrangements are being handled by Messinger Payson Funeral Home.
"The family is going to need help, so donations can be made at the Prudential Arrowhead Realty office in Pine (and Payson)," Knighton said.