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Sherlee F. Cave

December 28, 1921 - February 9, 2017

Sherlee Faye Crozier was born Dec. 28, 1921, in Calgary, Alberta (Canada) to Fern Durkee Crozier and Frank Crozier. She was the eldest of four daughters. The family moved in 1925 to Salem, but Sherlee didn’t become a U.S. citizen until she turned 20.

She graduated from Salem High in 1939, attended the University of Oregon, then switched to Capitol Business College to graduate with a business degree in 1941.

Sherlee married Lyle Cave in Salem on April 24, 1942 while he was on leave from the Army during WWII.

Sherlee held several office jobs while raising a family, including with the Oregon Legislature, Carkin and Sherman Architects, and the IBEW Local 280 Union office. She retired in 1984.

She was a founding member of Salem’s Woodland Chapel, where she served on its board and as librarian for 20 years. She also served on the board for Women in Construction and for the Junior Symphony.

Travel became her passion after retirement. She visited Israel, Jordon, Greece, Mexico, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, PEI and other places with sisters and friends.

Sherlee was preceded in death in 2002 by husband Lyle.  She is survived by sisters Carol Owen (Seattle) and Gayle Priem (Salem); children Robin Bramble (Salem), Alan and Barb Cave (Cordova, Alaska), Claudia Cave and Kent Sumner (Corvallis); grandchildren Scott Bramble (Salem), Andy and Jason Cave (Eugene); and four great-grand-daughters.

Her memorial service will be at 2 p.m. on March 11 at Woodland Chapel (582 High St. SE) in Salem. Contributions may be made to Willamette Valley Hospice in her name. Assisting the family is Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.

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