Nancy L. Sherwood
January 10, 1931 - June 3, 2017
Nancy Leora (Sperry) Sherwood, 86, of Salem, Oregon died on June 3, 2017 at Salem Hospital from complications of Lewy Body Dementia and pneumonia.
Nancy was born the youngest of four children in Nephi, Utah to Edward Burdette Sperry and Leora Belliston Sperry on January 10, 1931. She graduated from Juab High School in 1949. She married Neil Ray Sherwood also of Nephi, Utah on August 24, 1950 in in Nephi, Utah. They grew up living 3 blocks apart and attended primary and high school together. Nancy, as a young wife with children, lived in Frankfurt, Germany, and Lawton, Oklahoma while her husband served as an Army officer after the Korean War, and later in Provo, Utah, Portland, Oregon, and eventually settling in Salem, Oregon in 1964. She worked in banking for over thirty years, and retired as a Branch Operations Officer for US Bank. She involved herself in the community in several ways. In 1997 the Salem Convention and Visitors Association recognized her as "Booster of the Year" and she continued to volunteer in the Travel Salem Visitor Center. For 20 years she was a volunteer at Salem Hospital, contributing well over 4000 hours of service for which she was commended, by the 2016 Salem Hospital Auxiliary Board. She was a proud member of the US Bank Alumni and the Willamette Valley Women's Military League.
Nancy enjoyed golf in her earlier years, and after her retirement, until the last year of her life, she enjoyed workouts at the River Road Courthouse Athletic Club and Tai Chi classes at Salem Health. She and Neil traveled abroad including Scotland, Italy, Germany, Korea and China to name a few. She loved to knit, was an avid reader, and immensely enjoyed cooking and baking for Neil, their children, grandchildren, and friends. She immersed herself in gourmet cooking classes and proudly shared what she learned with others. You rarely left Nancy’s home without some of her famous rolls, shortbread cookies, pickles, jam, mustard or peaches!!
Nancy is preceded in death by her parents, brother Kenneth J. Sperry of Nephi, Utah, and sister Betty Jane (Sperry) Hardman of Salt Lake City, Utah.
Nancy is survived by husband Neil R. Sherwood of Salem, Oregon; son and daughter-in law, Mark and Tracey Sherwood of Salem, Oregon; son and daughter-in law, Carl and Sandy Sherwood of Eugene, Oregon; daughter Susan E. Sherwood of Portland, Oregon; sister Dorothy Sperry Neilsen of Mona, Utah; grandchildren Lauren, and husband Ben Morgan, of Milwaukee, Oregon, Douglas Sherwood of Salem, Oregon, Brady Sherwood of Bend, Oregon and Matthew Sherwood of Salem, Oregon; and great grandchild Zev Morgan.
Family members, in a private gathering on June 19, 2017, attended her inurnment at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Oregon.
A Celebration of Life Open House will be held just south of Salem at Willamette Valley Vineyards, 8800 Enchanted Way SE, Turner, Oregon, 97392 on July 23, 2017. You are invited to join the family in this celebration anytime between 11:00am – 1:00pm. In honor of Nancy, remembrances in the form of donations may be made to Willamette Humane Society; 4246 Turner Rd. SE, Salem OR, 97317, whs4pets.org or Marion-Polk Food Share, marionpolkfoodshare.org .
Thank you to all who cared for Nancy, especially to those who provided comfort and care in the last few months of her life. We are forever grateful.