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Sherrill J. Word

Funeral Service: 4:00 p.m., Monday, January 15, 2024

Location: Weymouth Funeral Home

Sherrill J. Word, 81, passed away on Wednesday, January 10, 2024 at her home. She was born and raised in Akron, Ohio.  She graduated from Springfield High School and has attended many high school reunions over the decades since.  She was an Army wife for 30 years and a true patriot.

Sherrill travelled and lived in many places and communities, making new friends easily wherever she went.  Upon retirement, she settled in Flagstaff, AZ. In 2001 she moved to Newport News, VA when her first grandson was born to take on the role of a loving Nana.  Nothing could make her smile like her grandsons from the day she became Nana.

Sherrill was an adventurer at heart and in spirit.  She took on many challenges including skydiving, scuba diving, hand gliding, and whitewater rafting.  Her real passion though was snow skiing and she did not shy away from the most difficult of slopes.  She has skied all over the U.S., Canada and in Europe, from the tallest to the smallest of mountains.  She was a runner and hiked and sailed and took a ride in a hot air balloon in the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.  She golfed and bowled and loved to play cards and board games.  She enjoyed playing Bridge with lady friends and groups for many years in many places.  She would travel annually to Mexico with one group of ladies to just play Bridge and enjoy the beach and surrounding area.  Her favorite board game was Rummikub which she played with anyone she has spent any amount of time with who was willing.

Sherrill also took up bike riding with her younger sister, Pat to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis because she had another sister, Norma, who had MS. The National MS Society holds annual bike riding fundraisers all over the country. She participated in Ohio with her sister several times then in Virginia with her daughter and friends.  At that time, the event was to ride 150 miles over two days, 75 miles each day.  Many good times, along with some sore rear ends, were had during these amazing events. 

She enjoyed regular trips back home to Ohio to visit and spend time with her mother and siblings and extended family over the years.  These visits were so special and important to her since she did not live nearby. 

Sherrill was compassionate, kind, hardworking, fiercely independent, organized, motivated, and determined, but loved to have fun too.  She was a woman of action, and you could always count on her to get things done and make things happen.  She was also welcoming with an open-door policy to soldiers and friends of friends with food and drink for all.

She volunteered for over 5 years with Northern Arizona Healthcare while in Arizona then volunteered for many years at Mary Immaculate Hospital once she moved to Virginia.  She was generous with her time and resources in many ways over the years. 

Sherrill, the Nana, was full of love and pride for her grandsons.  She was always there to look after them, hold them, hug them, love them, teach them manners, and attend every event or sport they participated in to cheer them on.  She purchased a timeshare in Massanutten, VA as soon as she moved here so we could have an annual family vacation together. We all enjoyed the mountains and hiking and other activities, including skiing, as a family.  Her last trip there was just this past September 2023.  This will be a place her family cherishes due to the wonderful memories we have of being there with her.

Once she moved to VA, she also became a member of her daughter’s group of lady friends, the Spiker, Hiker, Bikers.  Although she didn’t play volleyball, she was the best cheerleader and scorekeeper in the group.  And of course, she had the hiking and biking already down! All the SHB’s adopted Sherrill as the group “mom” and she joined them on many trips over the years.  Her son also lived in VA and she enjoyed spending time with him and his dog, Sequoia.  Once he moved to the western part of the state, she made trips to visit him regularly, during which hiking and playing Rummikub were regular activities. 

Sherrill was loved by many and will be sorely missed.  She touched and impacted so many lives in a positive way.  She will live on in the stories and memories she created, and was a part of, with countless people.  Her family will keep the love she showed us in our hearts forever, until we meet up with her again.

Sherrill was preceded in death by her father and mother, Oscar and Arcie Mae Lewis; her brothers, Hayden Lewis and Allen Lewis and sisters, Norma Brown and Bernice Moore.  She is survived by her sister, Pat Darnell; son, Jeff Biege; daughter, Leanne Crist and grandsons, Alexander and Evan. 

Funeral Services will be conducted at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, January 15, 2024 at Weymouth Funeral Home. Arrangements by Weymouth Funeral Home.

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#4 CC 2024-01-25 22:30
I’m so sorry for the loss of u too our dear loved one. May you find comfort and peace in God’s promise to wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more. -Revelation 21:4 Condolences
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#3 Anne Brashears 2024-01-15 15:38
Leanne, I'm so sorry to hear about your Mom. After reading about how active she was Im sure you and your family will surley miss her! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
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#2 Michael Allen Lewis 2024-01-14 23:20
Fondly remembered by Her Nephew, Mike.
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#1 Jewel and LarryReid 2024-01-14 18:57
Sherril was a very brave person after she had a stroke. She still enjoyed her life with her family, She will be missed by everyone that knew her. God bless all of her family. In Christian Love Jewel and Larry
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