Remembering Sherri

I met Sherri in 1998 at a conference in Washington, DC. She was such a funny person. I only just found out about her passing and was shocked. Sherri was a hard worker and so dedicated to the HepC awareness arena. Her smile, laugh, and hard work will be surely missed
LeighAnn Vogel
LeighAnn’s HepC
leighanny@yahoo.com
 
Where do you start a story that began with fear and ended with having the greatest coworker? You see, I was part of Sherri's "Home Team." I acted as her co-director, but there was NEVER any doubt about where the driving force, vision, or compassion was generated. I was co-director in title only. Sherri was truly the ringleader of what could sometimes seemed to be a three-ring circus. How can we just sit and talk about -whatever- my loving friend? How can we laugh at our "tongue-in cheek" pity-parties around my dining room table or at the office when the projector stops working and we solve the problem by rechecking the plug 15 minutes later? I guess we'll just have to meet on the spiritual plane until I, too, will live in our Fathers' mansion. I pray our rooms are close <s>. I miss you so much already, but I know you are without pain or plagued by worldly troubles. Until then, my sweet friend and sister in Christ. With tears, smiles, and love; John E.K. jekmaskellrn@yahoo.com
John Maskell, RN PHN
NorCal Hep C Task Force
jekmaskellrn@yahoo.com
 
Thanks for the great tribute to Sherri. She was one of a kind.
Eileen Searcy
Susanville, CA
histrionia62@yahoo.com
 
Sherri I knew all my life. She was my little sister. We grew up with typical sibling rivalry and at time had our differences. These last few years have been very precious to me because we became closer then ever before. I was so very proud of her and all the ministries she was involved with. She helped so many people with Hep C, including myself. She was with me supporting me while I went threw treatment, too. She always would be the one to want to play games when we would all gather for the holidays. She enjoyed life so very much. I will miss her very much. I love you Sis!!! I am happy you are in a better place with no pain and suffering and I know you and Mom our singing and praising God!!! love you, Jeanee
Jeanee Marler
Paradise
rmar8@msn.com
 
We will miss you Sherri. Love, Pastor Jim & Kimberly
Pastor Jim & Kimberly Schroff
Riverside, CA
kschroff777@yahoo.com
 
I first met Sherri when she had first formed her support group in Yuba City. I had gone up there to be a speaker for her group. When I looked into her eyes, I knew that the world would be a better place with her love and presence advocating for hepatitis C patients and education. We again met in Washington, DC, for the HFI Walk on Washington. And again, Sherri stood out and helped everyone. We were on the tour bus together during an evening break and had a wonderful time. Over the years we have kept in contact when one or the other needed an answer. Last time I saw Sherri was in Sacramento during the formation meeting for the California Hepatitis Task Force. I am so grateful that we had some real “fun time” talking about hepatitis C and plain old girl stuff. Sherri was a fighter for the cause and all benefit from her spirit of hope. We all know that she continued that fight to the very end, and I know she knows the work will go on, and we know that it may never be quite the same again. We have lost a true friend. My sympathy and prayers go to the family. Thank you for this opportunity to share. Sincerely, Carol Craig
Carol Craig
Big Bear City, CA
c.k.craig@sbcglobal.net
 
The last time I saw Sherri was at the River Bottoms Church where her brother Gerry is the worship leader. Her and I and another sister, Margie, were standing by the food tables (where you could always find us), and she decided she wanted the three of us to pray. It was amazing!! The Holy Spirit was so alive that we must have prayed for almost 45 minutes. The guys had started to clean the tables and they just had to clean around us because with the three of us on fire. Nothing physical could move us. We prayed and cried and prayed and cried. It was an awesome time. We will miss you my sister. You are truly an angel. You touched so many people, I know there will be standing room only at GT on Saturday. Say hi to Jesus for us. See you soon, Cyndi and Willie James
Cyndi James
Marysville
jcme2go2003@yahoo.com
 
My dear Sherri. The happiest day of my life was June 14, and you were there at my wedding with your big smile. We didn’t know that the Lord was preparing you that day for a few hours after the wedding to prepare to go home with Him. I guess we shared in the happiest days of our life together. You will never be forgotten, and we love you very much. I’m excited that you are in the hands of the Almighty God.
Kristin & David Bird
Live Oak
LOVINGJESUS777@YAHOO.COM
 
I have known Sherri for about 14 years. We shared common ground in many areas of life which contributed to a balanced friendship. I have been blessed over the years by Sherri's love, laughter, joy, prayers, listening ear, and wisdom. I will deeply miss her presence. Who can replace her as greeter at Glad Tidings Church (just one of so many things she was involved in that touched others’ lives)? No one has the smile and genuine joy as she. I’m grateful for the impact she had in my life!
Karen Mullin
Yuba City
karen@churchofgladtidings.com
 
Sherri, was a great friend and a sister in the lord not only to me but also to my two daughters, Cortney and Cayla. Her great smile and quirky sense of humor will be greatly missed here on Earth. We shall see her again!!! Peace on Earth, Cathy
Cathy Mladenik
Church of Glad Tidings
cmladenik@hotmail.com
 
 
Sherri was always a happy loving person when I saw her. Her gentle kindness poured out easily. She has gone to be with the Lord and will be missed. Goodbye, sweet sister. Love, Lorna & John
Lorna Smith
Yuba City, CA
Pocahontus1@sbcglobal.net
 
Sherri was my friend for 14 years. She was more like a sister that I never had. I loved her so much, and I am so glad I told her that often. She helped me in so many ways. She loved me unconditionally and was always just a phone call away. She was my first friend at Glad Tidings, but she was so much more to me than a friend. She told me things I didn’t always want to hear, but she told me these things with love and compassion. At my last open house at Christmastime she was the only one who came on Saturday. Her and Stan talked before I got back, and then her and I sat for hours and visited and talked about all the old times of working with recovering women and the babies out of bondage program. We laughed and I gave her a pink cross that she liked and just a month ago at church she had it on and said a very special person gave me this cross and she smiled as only Sherri could. I know she is walking on streets of gold now, but my heart is broken over losing a sister in Christ and a sister in every sense of the word. I love you Sherri and I will and do miss you more than I can express in words. I will always think of you during worship which you loved so much and your smile and being in pink and your pink cross. Till I see you in heaven, you will always be in my heart. Love and hugs, (she gave great hugs) Judi Cantrill
Judi Cantrill
Yuba City, CA 95993
judicantrill@comcast.net
 
Sherri was a wonderful advocate on the national level and her gregarious nature will be missed. Nancy
Nancy Steinfurth
Denver CO
Hep C Connection
nsteinfurth@hepc-connection.org
 
Sherri brought her wonderful energy to us last fall and shared so much of herself and her energetic advocacy, making us feel not-so-remote here in Lake County and as if we had a friend close-by. It was joy to meet her. She gave so much in our one meeting. Ken Young, Program Coordinator
Ken Young
Lake County HIV/AIDS Project
dropincenter@hotmail.com
 
Although I met Sherri a relatively short time ago, it was immediately apparent that she was someone special. I was referred to her by Shasta County Public Health and when she heard that I had begun my own advocacy effort here in far Northern California, she adopted me on the spot! She was warm, generous, and supportive and encouraged me at every turn. She offered great advice and suggestions and shared everything she had to make it easier for me to advocate. I am deeply saddened that she has left us at such a young age and with so much unfinished work - she loved what she was doing! I will do everything I can to further this cause here in the North State and carry on with the job she did so well. My sympathies to her many friends, family, and co-workers. I will miss her so much.
Hollis Pickett
Redding CA
hepc@jett.net
 
Sherri not only worked hard with her Nor-Cal Hep C Network, she was also dedicated to the many women she mentored. She took them in, right after they got out of prison, or just quit doing drugs. She even took in a precious Baby Boy from a prisoner and cared for him until Mommy was out. She was an advocate for women who wanted to change their lives. Sherri is a part of many women’s hearts who were down and out. She also has been my best friend for many, many years. I thank God she is Dancing before Him and laughing and smiling with a new body free of pain and illness. I love you Sherri!!
Eunice Boger
Yuba City
aeboger1@comcast.net
 
I will miss Sherri. She really helped me when I was going thru chemo and needed someone to talk to. She helped save my life. She is with Jesus now!! See ya soon sister.
Robin
Yuba City
robinlovescalvin@yahoo.com
 
Although I only knew Sherri for a short time, what a wonderful spirit. She will be missed. Jonathan Luz
Jonathan Luz
Yuba City
photoguy4862@sbcglobal.net
 
THAT SMILE! THAT'S WHAT I WANT TO REMEMBER. NO MATTER HOW TIRED SHERRI WAS, SHE ALWAYS WORE THAT SMILE..MAD, GLAD, SICK, HURT...ALWAYS THAT SMILE.. SHE WAS A LADY OF MANY TALENTS AND GIFTS..AND SHE SHARED THEM ALL WITH THE WORLD..THANK YOU LORD.. SHE WAS ALWAYS QUICK TO DEFEND..AN UNDERDOG!! SHE LOVED LIFE TO THE FULLEST..AND THOSE IN IT..UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF GOD..SHE MADE MANY, MANY FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND...WE ALL KNOW WHAT SHES DOING NOW!! SHES BUSY..SWEEPING, MOPPING, CLEANING THE DUST FROM THE CALIFORNIA FIRES FROM THE CLOUDS AND LOOKING DOWN ON US ALL..AGAIN WITH THAT SMILE..AND WONDERING JUST WHERE GOD IS GONNA USE HER NOW!!! OUR LOVE, OUR HEARTS, OUR PRAYERS GO OUT TO HER FAMILY (WHICH BY THE WAY..IS ALL OVER THE WORLD!) SO MANY LIVES, SO MUCH LOVE..SHE SPARKLES....YES SHE DOES..LOOK UP TO THE STARS AND THATS WHERE YOU'LL FIND OUR SISTER...TWINKLE, TWINKLE LITTLE STAR WE DONT WONDER WHO YOU ARE!!! ALWAYS IN OUR HEARTS.. RONNIE BRASIER HER FAMILY AND FRIENDS AT A HAND UP MINISTRY AND RIVER BOTTOM CHURCH
Ronnie Brasier
Yuba City
goingtoheaven@aol.com
 
A wonderful person who will be surely missed!
Judy London
Pahrump,NV
judypoot
steelwingsinc@hotmail.com
 
I didn't know Sherri very long, but I quickly learned to appreciate her dedication and passion for improving the lives of people with Hepatitis C. I have been trying to get some funding for Hep C education and testing in Butte County, and Sherri was very generous with her time, advice and information. I hope that at some point we will be able to provide the kind of services that she advocated for. I will miss her.
Ellen Michels
Butte County Public Health
emichels@buttecounty.net
 
I didn’t think I would need to write a remembrance for a long time for Sherri, she was so young and vibrant, even as a non-responder to hepatitis C treatment. I still can’t believe she won’t be calling to talk about some new outreach or service for clients. Sherri started her outreach here in Sutter County in the early 90s, when we were all just learning about hepatitis C. Unfortunately; she was also diagnosed in the early days, when even health professionals knew little about the condition (specific testing for hepatitis C just became available in 1992). Sherri and I first met at that time, and I found she definitely knew more than I did about hepatitis C! She not only knew more, she saw the needs of the community, and stepped in to fill those needs. She worked tirelessly to prod the medical community to learn more and provide needed education and treatment for those affected. She did so cheerfully, even when meeting frustrating obstacles. If there was a mountain of resistance, she found a way to go around it, through it, or slowly chip away at it. When learning there was no federal, state, or local funding to help in hepatitis C prevention, education and treatment services, she advocated at the state and federal level to make it change! Even without funding, she went ahead anyway, and created the NorCal Hepatitis C Task Force, and later, the NorCal Network. She worked with pharmaceutical companies to start task groups throughout Northern California. She worked with other advocates in learning how to write grants, and later received grant funding after a collaborative effort in writing a grant. She provided basic hepatitis C education classes at local jails, recovery programs, community groups, businesses, and anywhere else that people were willing to listen. She always insisted that we have fun, too! Sherri never turned down a request to help a client that was having a hard time, or had questions. I will miss her personally as well as professionally. She brightened the day with her smile, even if circumstances weren’t so good. There are thousands of people who have benefited from her life, even though some may not have known her personally. Even though she is lost to our physical team here, we need to fill in the traces as best we can, and continue moving forward, to honor her memory! Sincere condolences to Sherri’s family and friends.
Alice R.
Yuba City
ramroot@hotmail.com
 
I would just like to say that I know without the tireless work of Sherri, the treatments I was lucky enough to be able to have for my Hep C would not have been as readily available in this small area. She truly was a "dynamo" and she will be greatly missed by those she has helped and the community as a whole.
Lori S.
 
We extend our deepest condolences to Sherri's family, friends, and fellow travelers along the liver journey. Sherri referred to her work as a "ministry," which can be defined as an "act of service." Sherri served well, and she served completely. May we all be inspired by Sherri’s life to love and serve others more fully.
Ed & C.N. Gordon
Santa Cruz, California
Help & Education for Liver Patients (HELP!)
help4hcv@yahoo.com
 
I met Sherri through my job as a Public Health Nurse in Butte County. Sherri’s smile, warmth, and enthusiasm was inspirational. She will be missed.
Nancy Jennings PHN
Bi-Valley Medical Clinic
esther@bivalley.com
 
I read about this sad loss in all of your lives. I have lived with HCV 26 years. But if it wasn't for the angels we meet our lives would be so bitter. Your lives like mine are so much sweeter for having such dedicated and sincere individuals with us for some time on Earth. I celebrate them and thank them for all they have given to me. I share with my family all that I am given for now. My heart and feelings go out to each and every one of you at this time and hope that those feeling go where she would want you to put them. She sounds like such a deep and beautiful person. Peace to all, Cat Moonlight
Cat Moonlight
Colorado
MoonSpiritLady@comcast.net
 
It is a terrible loss when someone so vital not just to the cause of helping others but who was so full of life and love. Her spirit will soar in the heavens with so many others we have lost. Rest in peace. Sherri Lewis
Sherri Lewis
Los Angeles
Straight Girl In A Queer World
Beach412@gmail.com
 
She was vibrant and full of determination to make a difference in people’s lives. She was always looking for solutions and was very accepting of others. She loved to encourage others to laugh and could be very social inclined at group gatherings. She had a very deep compassion for those that were meeting their struggles head on and helped in any way she could. She will be missed by many, and it will take many to fill her shoes. Her legacy will be remembered by those she touched. My condolences go out to her family.
Bill Remak
Marin
California Hepatitis C Task Force
wmremak@pacbell.net
 
Sherri's energy and great sense of humor made a big mark among the people working to improve our community. She will be missed by everyone who worked with her.
Peter Simpson
Sacramento
hrsdir@pacbell.net
 
Sherrie taught me much about HCV. She had the dedication to help/teach/advocate for issues re HCV. She will be missed, but has left her strong legacy for us all.
Jeannie Maes
Butte County Health Dept.
jmaes@buttecounty.net
 
Sherri has made an incredible impact in improving the lives of people living with viral hepatitis and those who love them. Her absence will leave a huge void but her efforts have etched an incredible legacy. Sherri will be missed.
David