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Sheryll Gray
  • 67 years old
  • Date of birth: Jun 25, 1946
  • Place of birth:
    Titonka, Iowa, United States
  • Date of passing: Nov 29, 2013
  • Place of passing:
    West Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Let the memory of Sheryll be with us forever
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Sheryll Gray, 67, born on June 25, 1946 and passed away on November 29, 2013. We will remember her forever.
Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Kelly Carlton on 28th June 2015

"Happy belated birthday, Sheryll! I hope you had an awesome day celebrating your special day with your parents!! Not a day goes by that I don't think of you and remember all of the great times we had working at Hardee's!! I <3 you so much and will never forget you!!"

This tribute was added by sandra harms on 29th November 2014

"I never look accross the street that I don't think of Sheryll and how brave she was as she walked her last journey here on earth.  Her
faith was solid in The Lord and her Hope was in Jesus Christ. What
a wonderful example of a real Christian.  I'm so thankful that I got
to know her.  I am better for it.  Sandra Harms"

This tribute was added by Arris Angus Dixon on 25th June 2014

"I received this e-mail today, just the day I was cleaning precious moment
figurines, that she had given me, ( it was of 2 friends having tea).  Oh, how I miss her.  She had such a pleasant personality, always cheerful.  We had so many wonderful times together.  I am a better person, because of Sheryll's example and encouragement. Love you Sheryll"

This tribute was added by Mark Schmidt on 1st January 2014

"When I was a kid during the summer, my sister and I used to take turns spending the day at Grandparents and aunts and uncles.  When we went to Aunt Sheryll's, one thing I remember doing was playing the Price is Right.  It wasn't a full game, but Aunt Sheryll would go into the cupboard and get out some stuff from the grocery store and the adding machine.  Then we'd play the $7 game where you had to pick enough stuff out to reach close to $7  but not go over.  That was a favorite.  Yahtzee was another favorite.  Those were the days.  Lot's of very good memories."

This tribute was added by sandra harms on 12th December 2013

"Jen,Rick, and Jackie:  I have many wonderful memories of your Mom as we were Girl Scout leaders together.  She had a wonderful way about her.  Loved everyone and always had time to talk.  She shared her thoughts of death and her love for her Lord with me before she left for the Care Center.  Make no mistake kids, your mom has a place in Heaven.  Although she will be missed, she is at rest.  Remember she loved you very much and you and yours were her everything.  May God walk with you and always be by your side."

This tribute was added by Becky Baas on 12th December 2013

"I have many fond memories of Sheryll.  I remember her taking Jacki and me to the swimming pool and stopping for ice cream after.   I remember the great treats she would make for school or church functions--she made the best chocolate crinkle cookies and scotcharoo bars!   I remember her taking us to the movie in Forest City and sharing popcorn at football games in Tyke.  She was always very kind and caring to me, and she will be missed by all who knew her.  

You all have my sincere sympathies,

Becky (Trenary) Baas"

This tribute was added by Shirley Trenary on 12th December 2013

"My heart is sad but I have so many fun memories of working with Sheryll through the years teaching Sunday School and VBS and being together in Girl Scouts.  She was one of the first people to extend her friendship to me when I first moved to Titonka and joined the Methodist Church.  I remember her laughter and kindness.  I knew when Becky stayed overnight at Jacki's that she would be okay because Sheryll "mothered" every child she was ever around.  She raised and nurtured a  wonderful family and I know the Lord will hold you Rick, Jen, and Jacki and your families in the palm of his hand as you go through this holiday season and the coming days.  Whenever I saw her, she always spoke so lovingly of her children and grandchildren.  Remember, a mother's love stays with her children always.  

With sincere sympathies to you all, Shirley and Doyle Trenary"

This tribute was added by Diane Fritz on 12th December 2013

"I forgot to mention earlier that when my daughter DeAnn and Jen where in school together she thought of Sheryll as a second mom and has been very saddened by first her cancer ,suffering and loss. DeAnn always had the highest regard for Sheryll as did I. She touched more lives then she had any idea she had. You kids,friends and family all have been blessed to have known her."

This tribute was added by Diane Fritz on 12th December 2013

"Ididn't have a relationship with Sheryll for very long but it was very special to me. We had a lot of fun together starting with the first time she ever went to the Spencer fair. Then getting together at my house on the weekends to watch Haunting shows on TV. Eating out here and there and just talking. I'll never forget our time together. I really enjoyed the friendship we had. And still miss her very much ."

This tribute was added by Mickey Vollum on 9th December 2013

"The first time we met Sheryll was when we went to Titonka to pick up Scott & Jacki at Christmas time. She was so welcoming to us and such a gracious hostess. I still remember the great dinner we had and how beautiful her table looked. She gave us a couple of candles from the table setting and I still have them. Now they will always remind me of her. After that there were many times that we were with Sheryll, including a week in Hawaii for Scott & Jacki's wedding. We will remember her smile, her laugh and how much she enjoyed talking to people and getting to know them. To Rick, Jen, Jacki and your families, we know that you will miss your mom/grandma very much, but hope that the many good memories you have will help you through the grieving process."

This tribute was added by Pam Smith on 8th December 2013

"My heart goes out to all of you at the passing of your mom.  I first met Sheryll through my friendship with Jenny.  With Sheryll no one was ever a stranger for long.  While working with her at Hardees, I came to admire her ability to talk to anyone about anything.  With her genuine interest and care for people she made everyone feel welcomed.  My parents often went to HyVee for breakfast or coffee and they looked forward to seeing her.  She was always so friendly and concerned for others.  As her living legacy, may you always remember the joy your mother brought to others through her smile and friendliness.  She will always be remembered."

This tribute was added by Shelly Bilsborough on 6th December 2013

"I remember Sheryll first when she was a high school secretary, then when she was first married she lived across the street from us in Tyke.  Later I knew her in church,  and of course that friendly smile and chat when she worked at Hardees.  Her wave and her smile will always be remembered."

This tribute was added by Scott Isebrand on 5th December 2013

"My Aunt Sheryll was always very kind and also a lot of fun! I have many memories of fun times with her, Jen, Jacki, and Rick! She was so fun-loving and had such a welcoming and joy-filled laugh!"

This tribute was added by Scott Vollum on 5th December 2013

"Because I find music to be transformative and often able to communicate more powerfully than words, I also want to leave song written by Warren Zevon toward the end of this own losing battle with cancer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ee5zp8kQZj8"

This tribute was added by Scott Vollum on 5th December 2013

"Having left a brief story on the other part of this site, I thought I would also add a brief "tribute" here.  I knew Sheryll for about 18 years, officially becoming part of her family over 12 years ago.  Coming from a completely different world than the one Sheryll inhabited, my visits to her home in Titonka were always ones characterized by fascination and curiosity on my part (I think Jacki and Sheryll both thought I was uncomfortable or bored in some way, but nothing could be further from the truth).  This was certainly true in terms of place (the peacefulness and quiet, the incredible brightness of the stars, the quaint downtown and grocery store where people somehow seemed to know who I was, etc.) but was also true in terms of life as embodied by Sheryll, her stories of her unique history and life, and her idiosyncratic (to me) ways.  This uniqueness and idiosyncrasy is part of what makes the loss so acute.  But it is also these things that will make Sheryll live on.  She has left us with three wonderful children, five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren through which her uniqueness and idiosyncrasies will live on.  They are her legacy and through them she continues to live on even in death.  And I am one of many people who continually experience the incredible benefit of this legacy."

This tribute was added by Janet Remus on 4th December 2013

"My deepest sympathies to you all.  I have known Sheryll for most of my life.  Your mom and I went to school together.  She was one of my best friends.  As life often does we drifted apart after High School and didn't see one another as much.  But whenever I saw her, whether it was one year or 3 years it was as if it was yesterday.  She would greet me with her huge smile, deep dimples and a loving hug.  It has been quite awhile now since I saw her.  I am so sorry, I didn't know she was ill or I'd came down and visited her.  Remember her as the loving, funny, gracious person she was and know she is now at peace resting in the arms of our Lord.  May the Lord be your strength and comfort in the days ahead.  Gods blessings to you all.  Janet (Buffington) Remus"

This tribute was added by Karen Larsen on 3rd December 2013

"I am so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed Sheryll so much and was honored to be able to cut her hair for many years. She certainly  loved her children and grandchildren, she was always upbeat even when times were tough. May each of you find comfort in your memories and the hope that she is in the arms of Jesus. Gods blessing to each of you."

This tribute was added by Joleen Karnes on 3rd December 2013

"The family of Laura Karnes Moeller sends their deepest regrets. Sheryll was a lovely person & we are so glad we had the opportunity to know her. We met Sheryll when our mom was moved in there and was a roommate for a short time. Even though we only knew Sheryll for a short time, every time we seen her she was smiling. May God be with you & comfort you & hold you all in his heart."

This tribute was added by Rodney & LaDonna Gray on 3rd December 2013

"Rod and I want to extend our sympathies to the family.  I always enjoyed it when I would run into  Sheryll and we would visit for over an just   standing in a store."

This tribute was added by rose carr on 3rd December 2013

"Rick i didnt know your mom-but if she was as nice and caring as you are she was a beautiful person-Rick and Teri you have my symathy-her memories will k
eep her aive in your hearts forever"

This tribute was added by sarah egel on 3rd December 2013

"I have known Sheryll and many of her family members for over 20 years...May Sheryll's happiness and zest for life continue on in their hearts! Thinking of all of you and prayers being sent. Love always:)"

This tribute was added by Justin McNaughton on 2nd December 2013

"Sheryll Gray was one of a kind...I worked with her all through my high school years (90-94).  I looked up to her.  She hard-working, funny and kind.  Her laugh and sparkling eyes were infectious!  Her spunk and ability to speak "low-German" never ceased to amaze me.  I am a better person for knowing Sheryll Gray."

This tribute was added by Arris Angus Dixon on 2nd December 2013

"Close to 30 years, we have been friends, it wasn't hard to be a friend to Sheryll.  She was a very caring and loving person.  We shared so much through the years, our children growing up, work and our faith in God.  I count myself very fortunate to have called her my friend. Praying for your families and their lost."

This tribute was added by Kelly Carlton on 2nd December 2013

"I am very saddened to learn about the death of such a wonderful friend! Sheryll always had a smile and a kind word for everyone she met. She loved her children & grandchildren and talked about them every time I saw her!! I pray that Rick, Jen & Jacki and their families can remember the good times and know how many people loved their mother!! I will deeply miss Sheryll, but I am glad she is no longer suffering! God be with all of you as you mourn the loss of such a wonderful mother & grandmother!"

This tribute was added by Deb Mueller on 2nd December 2013

"I am so sorry to hear about Sheryll.  I did not even know that she has not been in Titonka for the past six months.  I guess that is how fast time goes by.  I loved to visit with Sheryll and we had many great conversations at the AmericInn. There are not many peope as special as Sheryll.  She will truly be missed by many people especially her wonderful family! I know Sheryll will be watching over all of you from heaven.  Take care of yourselves! Love you, especially you Jenny...please let me know if you are ever in the area so we can get together."

This tribute was added by Misty Schneider on 2nd December 2013

"It is with a heavy heart that I send my sympathy to all of you. WOW, what a GREAT, WONDERFUL, AWESOME lady!  I cannot think of one single time I saw Sheryll that she didn't have a smile, laugh and a kind word.  This world would be a better place if we could all be more like her. I'm so blessed to have known her and pray that you all find comfort in your memories of such a marvelous person.  God bless your family."


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