(July 13th, 1948-August 13th, 2023)
The garden in Heaven is being tended to by the most beautiful of angels. We are devastated to share the unexpected passing of the light of our lives, Sherry on Sunday, August 13th. She was welcomed by her soulmate Sandy, parents Violet Horne (Lusk) and Ted Lusk, mother-in-law and father-in-law Alec and Bertha Hattie, and so many other cherished people in her life. Sherry will forever live in the hearts of her beloved children Dawn (Ken), Scott (Rosa), and Sean (Elysia). She adored her grandchildren, Skye, Fergus, and Lainey. Mum treasured every moment with her dearest sisters Sue Bridge (Wes) and Vicki Butler (Wayne). Mum felt blessed to gain two more sisters, Lois Stargratt and Lynne Lavigueur, after marrying Dad. She often said she considered Garry Milks to her brother and not her cousin. Mum was a proud aunt and great aunt to many. Dearest friend of Leanne Nesseth. There are so many other sister friends that Mum held close to her heart. The list is just too long yet you all were her kindred spirit in your own special ways.
Mum was raised in Capreol and loved sharing stories about growing up on Ballpark Road. She graduated from the Marymount School of Nursing and planned on a career in the Armed Forces as a nurse. She was in basic training in Petawawa when she met Dad at Aunt Vicki and Uncle Wayne’s wedding. In quick haste, she returned to Sudbury, married Dad, and began nursing at the Sudbury General Hospital. Mum stopped nursing in 1974 but resumed in 1989 at the Copper Cliff Clinic. She was born to take care of others. It was her calling. Mum and Dad settled in their beloved Copper Cliff in 1976 and gave us a childhood full of endless joy. Mum was the greatest mother we could have ever asked for. There was not a moment that we didn't feel her unconditional love, encouragement, and pride. She exuded positivity and selflessness every single day. If Mum wasn't laughing, she was humming music. She was a lover of nature and treasured tending to her gorgeous garden. It was her happiest place. We are comforted to know that Mum and Dad can finally take their long walks with our dogs Casey and Kodi again. Mum was buoyed by an abiding faith. The congregation of Copper Cliff United Church was so precious to her. Mum was fiercely independent and refused to let a fractured hip stop her from anything. She was a poster child for the incredible rehabilitation program at Extendicare York. During her three months stay earlier this year, Mum made wonderful new friends and had such respect and gratitude for the amazing staff. She was determined to return home and garden again. We were and are so profoundly proud of her. This summer's garden was more beautiful than ever before. It will be another of her enduring gifts. We will forever feel her with us. We are so grateful to Dr. Wolfe, Dr. Anderson, and all of the phenomenal staff in the ICU at HSN. A special thank you to the Nesseth and Chubay families who lovingly supported us on the night Mum took ill. Thank you to Nancy Campbell for holding our hands and hugging us tight throughout this unimaginable ordeal. It makes us smile to know that Mum and Dad are dancing again. He has been waiting for her as patiently as possible. Their two-piece puzzle is finally complete. In lieu of donations, please honour Mum by taking a moment to appreciate the blessings in your lives. She truly believed that the secret to having it all is knowing you already have it. A Celebration of Life will be announced shortly. Mum, you will always and forever be the most beautiful flower in our garden.