7-17-42 to 4-8-14
Sherri passed away on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at Providence Willamette Falls Hospital in Oregon City, Oregon. She was born on July 17, 1942, in Los Angeles, California, to Raymon (Sandy) and Betty (Crist) Bell. She completed her nursing education in Lewiston, Idaho, that began a career lasting 42 years.
Being the eldest of the six children she spent a lot of time babysitting her siblings and helping in every way she could. One of her father’s favorite things was listening to her play the piano, he would often say, “Sherri, please play me to sleep.” She also would play for our church and Sunday school and other functions. She loved horses and rode her horse Skippy whenever possible. She enjoyed riding with her family in the Cambridge Riding Club in Cambridge, Idaho and in the Purple Sage Riding Club of Middleton, Idaho, performing in the opening ceremonies at the Snake River Stampede Rodeo in Caldwell, Idaho.
Sherri married Gene McKown in 1964, lived in Moscow, Idaho, and raised three sons. Later married Bob Benson and they lived in Riddle, Oregon, northern California, and a short time in Montana. Sherri moved to Molalla, Oregon, in the late 1980’s and worked at Molalla Manor nursing home until she retired. Until her health prevented, she enjoyed the beautiful outdoors, she always loved, by going on adventurous hiking, fishing, and camping trips, with her life partner, David Shelley.
One of her passions during her time in Moscow, which was a little ahead of the times, was raising Nubian Goats and utilizing the milk to bake bread and make cheese for her family. Her family carries the memories of her strong sense of humor along with many other talents.
She leaves behind, mother Betty Bell; brothers: Max (Cyndi) Bell and Bill (Judy) Bell; sister,
Nancy Chandler and her sons, Douglas McKown (Carla), James (Debby) McKown, Steve McKown (Cindy); and nine grandchildren along with numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews. She will be dearly missed by all.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents; her father, Raymon (Sandy); sister, Julie, and brother, Dean.
A memorial services was held at the United Methodist Church in Myrtle Creek on Saturday, April 12, 2014, with graveside services following at Roseburg Memorial Gardens in Roseburg, Oregon.