Honoring a beautiful life
I sit here crying after receiving John’s note about Sheryl’s passing. Such a shock to hear the news. I had wondered why I hadn’t heard from her for so long, but my own health issues interfered and I wasn’t able to pursue things for a long time.
Sheryl and I first met on her website in 2002, when I was searching for raw fleeces to spin. We discovered a number of mutual interests which grew into a rewarding correspondence over the years. Most of our contacts were regarding the dogs and life in general.
She was a lovely person, who I had dearly wanted to meet someday. My condolences are extended to John, Brad and Tera. Sheryl will be sorely missed, I know I will miss her terribly. I’m glad she will be with Arrow, Flash and all the other critters she loved.
Sheryl was special. It was dogs that brought us together and that was instrumental in our paths crossing. Sheryl was such a soft, gentle person always open to helping and mentoring others. Although I only had the pleasure of meeting with Sheryl on two occasions, both times as a guest in her home, I can’t help but feel such a closeness and warmth to her. I can’t imagine the loss being felt by her family. She and I continued our email correspondence and shared times on our Healthy Aussies discussion list but I always felt such a connection. Even though I’ve allowed time to pass since Sheryl’s death, I find it difficult to write anything that is coherant.
How do I say how much I admired her? I admire her. I respected her.
She and I shared something else. Our love of our family. We talked (over Wisconsin cheese curds) about dogs, health, our children, and gardens. She had so many facets that made up her gentle nature so it’s difficult to focus on any one. What I really want to say is that she loved her family, her dog family, and all of those who connected with her.
I miss her. I think of her nearly daily. She is in my heart.
It’s taken me awhile to be able to post my thoughts, partly because it is so hard to believe Sheryl’s no longer here. And partly because there’s no words that explain how much she meant to me.
I met Sheryl at the St. Paul Dog Show 15-16 years ago. It was the first event for me as an animal communicator and Sheryl was a skeptic. I told her about one of her dogs – something that no stranger would know and we became bonded. She would ask me about her dogs, the puppies as she placed them in their new homes, transitioning animals into death and many, many other things. I could ask her about animals coming into my life that she had experience with (birds and rabbits). The consults/calls would end up much longer than normal because we would talk about everything. She looked to me for answers to her questions; I would look to her for her support. She even got a animal communication class together at my house – traveling to MN for the weekend.
Sheryl started out a client of mine and became a dear, dear friend and a true supporter of my work. When others fell by the wayside, Sheryl was always there: to cheer me on, to listen to my despair, to counsel me when I wanted to give up, to celebrate my successes. We shared much together.
Though we didn’t communicate all the time, I could email at any time and I knew she was always there for me. We’d catch up on what was happening in our lives, picking up where we left off the last time. Pictures of Brad and Tera’s weddings, the new house were shared. She invited me into her life, not just the animals’ lives.
She ‘came’ to me a week before she passed. I was woken up at 4 am with a start and felt her presence. I knew then her time was short. As I cried, she told me that Arrow was helping her cross, just as she had helped him. Flash and the others were waiting for her. And she wanted me to tell Brad, Tera and John how happy she was to be with them, to be their mother and wife. How blessed her life was with them.
And once again, she told me not to give up. That what I dreamt of would happen. That all would become reality.
She was at peace filled with love and light.
And though she is not with us physically now, she wants all of us know, she is not far away. For just a thought of her, a memory, and feeling her love and smile will connect us forever.
My prayers are with Brad, Tera, John and all Sheryl’s family and friends. I know how difficult the void is. It eases with time, but never truly goes away. Know how much Sheryl was/is loved. She is one in a million. I will miss my best supporter and dear friend.
It still doesn’t seem real that Sher is gone. I’m really going to miss my big sister, someone I’ve always looked up to and could count on. I’ll cherish the 3 days I spent visiting her in NM before she passed. She really was a special person that will be sorely missed by all.
Brad and Tera, I’m so sorry you had to lose your mother at such a young age. As you know, life if not always fair, but find peace in that Sheryl is no longer in pain and being rewarded in the afterlife for how she conducted her life here on Earth.
John, I know you’re really going to miss Sheryl. I could see all the things you would do for her and the sacrifices you would make. Keep the great memories close and appreciate all the years you had with Sheryl.
met sheryl when she was walking her dogs. she was a very strong and sweet
lady. she will be missed. God bless you and your family.
I was shocked to hear about Sheryl passing. I heard it from Aunt Helen today.
Our condolences and God Bless you and your family.
Of course its impossible to find the right words, I will just put down some thoughts and memories of Sherrie.
Brad and Tera, I’m so sorry you’ve lost your mom so early in life. You both have so many milestones ahead of you that you will want her to have shared. I’ve been trying to tell Sonya and Michael what kind of mother Sherrie was – so proud of you both, such gentle and wise guidance. She made motherhood look so easy, of course, she made many things look easy!
John, I hope you will find comfort in knowing you did all you could for Sherrie these last several months, I’m sorry you two didn’t have more time together in the house you loved.
When Sonya and Michael were small, Sherrie sent them a book about dog heaven. Even tho we’ve gotten rid of the kids’ books now, we’ve kept that book and even shared it with people who have lost pets. One of the pages talks about how the dogs are there to greet their human friends when they arrive in heaven, imagine the greeting Sherrie received…it will have looked like Noah’s Arc!!
Love and miss you all,
To me cousin John and family,
The news of Sheryl passing, came tonight from my Mother. I am shocked and saddened by this news. Gone too soon. Maybe it is true, only the good die young. My prayers are with you.
I met you about 12 years ago when I was looking for my second Australian Shepherd. You introduced me to raw feeding, or rather told me outright that you wouldn’t sell a puppy to me unless I fed raw (chuckling, here – and it is now 12 years later and I’ve never looked back. I thank you every day for introducing me to a lifestyle for my dogs that keeps them healthy, happy, and with me as long as possible.
I think of you every time I look at Joey and Basil, as you gave me two of the most important things in my life. Your kindness, generosity and selflessness is incredible, and I could only wish to make as much of an impact on the world as you have.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart. We’ll see you again someday.
I met Sheryl years ago — probably 8 or 9 — working on obedience with our dogs. She was a very nice person, and we struck up an acquaintance that consisted of times together at lessons and shows. I will be thinking of her fondly at obedience shows.
I will miss everything about you Sheryl. You are a true friend . You were such a patient mentor with a world of knowledge. Your gifts you made for me will remind me of you and that will make me smile. I’ll be seeing ya.
There are no words to express how much I am going to miss you, Sheryl. You’ve always been there for me…when I needed advice or guidance or just to talk dogs or life, you were always there. You were more than happy to share your incredible wisdom with me and so many others. You’ve been one of the most influential people in my life and I am filled with gratitude for having known you.
You were one of the most kind, compassionate and gentle people I have ever known. The world is a better place for you being in it. If we could all be just a bit more like you, I know it would be even better. I’ll always hold you close to my heart and I will think of you often when I look into Rival’s shining eyes.
Namaste, dear Sheryl.
Sheryl took time for me (a stranger) when I posed my numerous queries on the Healthy Aussie board… Sheryl was an absolute lady – always so gracious and kind, so giving of her time, knowledge and expertise… I re-read through some of our correspondence (I lost both my dogs and withdrew from the board) and was reminded what a lovely warm soul she was…
To those of you who knew and loved her well, please know I am so saddened for your loss – Indeed, our world was a better and more loving place with Sheryl in it….
Sending love and kind thoughts,
They shine a little brighter, they feel a little more
They touch your life in ways no one has ever done before
They love a little stronger, they live to give their best
They make our lives so blest, so why do they go so soon?
The ones with souls so beautiful I heard someone say–
There must be Borrowed Angels, here in this life
They come along, into this world, and make this world bright
But they can’t stay forever
Cause they’re heaven sent
And sometimes, heaven needs them back again
My mother passed away at about the same age as Sheyl and ours is not to question why God chose to take them at such a young age but thinking of the above verse from “borrowed angels may bring you a little comfort!
Sheryl and I were “dog walking” buddies, she in her cart and me trying to keep up with my dogs. We talked about everything….our familes, our life experiences, gave each other advice (when asked for), our hopes and dreams. Sheryl was one of the strongest women I have ever met….she dealt with her illness with strength and grace. I know she is in a better place now.
Bless you darling friend!!! I miss being able to call you on a whim and get lost in conversation. You are/were my person here on the planet and even though we will still be able to connect via the ethers, I so miss your presence here. I honor your incredible journey and all that you accomplished in this past life. What a teacher you are to so many of us!!! Whenever I think of you now, I see that smile of yours, those eyes filled with such wisdom and that gentle, loving nature and I know you are at peace and so surrounded by love!!!! Thanks so much for being here!!! Sisters forever!!!
Sheryl – my pillar, my mentor – I can’t tell you how much I will miss you. You gave me my heart dog, Willow – who couldn’t sleep every night the last two weeks of your time on earth – she is very much a part of you!
You live on in Willow – to me – I will think about you everyday and I will miss our daily email conversations – where you helped me through my daily existence.
I know you are at Peace now and without pain, which I am grateful for. I know I can still reach out to you. The birds are louder now in my ears – Willow hears it too – just awesome.
Enjoy your wings my friend, fly – and be at Peace.
I love you.
Although Sheryl and I had never met in person, we communicated about the health care of our beloved Aussies. When people enquired about the breed, I gave them Sheryl’s website and I alway included it in my puppy packages for new puppy people.
A strong, determined woman with a big heart. She is an inspiration to many, many people and I will speak for the dogs when I say: thank you Sheryl for your contribution to healtheir lives for us animals.
I have not known Sheryl for too long, but it was long enough to make a huge impression on me. Through her love of animals and rocks, we were able to have a unique friendship. I have learned so much from Sheryl that I will take those memories with me through my life’s journey. I feel absolutely honored that Sheryl entrusted me with her beloved birds and fish. For those of you that knew her birds, you will be happy to know that they are doing well and it is my goal to keep them always as happy as Sheryl did. On an interesting note, the little finch, Josh, who we found a mate for, is happily sitting on 5 eggs along with his girlfriend, Julie. Wilbur’s (Sheryl’s Canary) song fills my home every day and will always make me think of Sheryl and the gentle loving kindness that radiated from her. I will miss you and feel bless to have known you.
We met walking our dogs every morning in Silver City.
I didn’t know her long, but long enough to see the peacefulness within, her love of family and animals, the strength of her convictions, her courage and Sheryl, what a smile. You will be missed.
It is hard to believe we shall never speak again. When we first met in 1996, who knew the years we would continue to be connected for various reasons — mostly related to those goofy Aussies.
My heart goes out to your family. I hope they fully realize your spirit shall forever be with them in all they do.
Run clean now Sheryl…you will forever be missed
I was shocked to hear of your passing. We have not been in contact for many years. We shared a lot of time together in school. You always laughed at my jokes. We always had a common love for critters and shared many conversations talking about horses and dogs. I remember coming to your house when you got that beautiful Palomino. We had good times in art class, always preferring to draw animals more than anything else. You kept your passion for animals alive all these years! Even though we have not been in contact for many years, those childhood memories are very precious to me and I will cherish the friendship we shared! Your pictures are beautiful! My heart is very heavy today. You were a wonderful person! I will be thinking of you and your family-
I knew Sheryl from kindergarten….all the way through high school. I remember having peanut butter blossoms at her house (above the grocery store) and angel food cake and playing games with her. Hard to believe that we won’t ever see her again, but her spirit and her kindness and her beauty will live on through all the lives that she touched.
Rest in peace, Sheryl. My thoughts and prayers go to you and your loved ones.
While I can hardly believe you are gone, I take some comfort in knowing that you are no longer in pain and that you are with your beloved dogs that passed before you. You were always there for me, sharing selflessly of your time and knowledge. You are so loved and have left an indelible mark on the Aussie community, Natural Rearing, and especially me.
Sheryl,You were always a quite loving person in school. Now you are at peace. God bless you and your family!
I first spoke with Sheryl several years ago when I started on my journey into raw feeding and naturally rearing my Aussies. Hard to believe that is was so long ago now. She had always been an invaluable resource of information. she shared her knowledge freely and I regret getting out of contact with her the last year or so. I was very sad to hear a few weeks ago how sick she had gotten. All I can hope is that she is now in better place with some of her beloved dogs in particular Arrow. You will be missed here. Your knowledge you have shared continues in my casual breeding plans. You left your mark in the NR community in particular in the Aussies. God Bless your family and dogs that have to now go without your compassion and beautiful spirit.
Sheryl, I don’t remember the last time I saw you, probably at a class reunion, but your beautiful smile remains in my memory. You’ve left an impressive legacy, and touched so many. Be at peace.
I can’t believe you are gone, Sheryl. You were a very kind, wonderful person, a real blessing to those of us who were in your life. You will live on in our hearts.
Sheryl, your smile is what I will always remember. When you graduate from a small school in a small town, there is always a conflict somewhere, but I have no rememberance of you ever being anything but calm and liked. The world has lost a beautiful person.
Sheryl and I met on the Healthy Aussies Yahoo group years ago and shared a great love of animals, nature, and Natural Rearing for our beloved, furry friends. Although we never met in person, we were wonderful online friends and even via email I could sense her kind, gentle spirit. She will be greatly missed but I will think of her fondly always. Since I happen to believe in reincarnation, I believe she will reincarnate into a beautiful, new life form when she is ready. My heart goes out to her family and friends during this time of loss. Hold her in your hearts and carry your beautiful memories of her with you. I am sure she is watching over all of you.
Much Love to all of you!
I’ve known Sheryl for about 20 years. We met via natural rearing channels. We had many spats, probably because we were so much alike, but we always made our peace. It was Sheryl that I knew I could go to with anything and expect to receive absolute honesty and more importantly understanding. Except for Wally, I don’t have anyone that I can go to like that now. I’ll miss you terribly. Rest in peace Sheryl: I know you are in a better place running agility with your beloved Arrow and yes, even working sheep. I’m so glad I got to meet you in person that one time and that you got to meet Gel and Wally.
Sheryl-I knew you briefly, but in those few times we spent talking about our children, I felt a connection to you. I will never forget those 30 minutes before Mike and Tera’s wedding when you and I sat looking at those beautiful mountains and shared our thoughts about our wonderful kids. It was so easy to see your gentle, kind soul. I remember thinking that I wished you lived closer so we could spend more time together.
You will be missed and I know that you will live on through your children.
A quote comes to mind that has helped me during difficult times:
“When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.”
1 Corinthians 13:7
Sheryl will be one of my treasures.
Sheryl, you are missed immensely. But your love and spirit will live in our hearts and memories -and in your beautiful family. I am blessed to have known you. There isn’t a day that will go by that you won’t be missed, but my heart is comforted in knowing that you have found peace.
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