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  • Visitation:  12-2 p.m.  Sunday
  • Funeral:  2:00 p.m.  Sunday

Mrs. Gloria Jean Sherrick, age 79, of Greenville, passed away Wednesday evening, July 30, 2008 at Spectrum Health United Memorial-United Campus, Greenville, with her family at her side. The daughter of Lester & Cecil (Morris) Spyker, she was born on Aug. 20, 1928 in Cridersville, Ohio where she graduated as class salutatorian. In Cridersville she met Eugene B. Sherrick when he was discharged from the Navy after serving in World War II. They married on June 1, 1946.

After coming to Greenville, in addition to raising her family, she also worked as the office manager for Dr. Winniger and Dr. Jones, was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Ray I. Booth American Legion Post 101, enjoyed clog and square dancing, as well as music jamborees and festivals especially playing her banjo and fiddle. A skilled seamstress as well, Jean was an avid quilter and also enjoyed family genealogy, scrapbooking, and reading.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Margaret Matthews; and a grandson, Anthony Eugene Sherrick.

Surviving are her husband of 62 years, Gene Sherrick of Greenville; a daughter, Diana Lynn Richardson of Clarksville, Tennessee; a son, Gilbert E. Gib Sherrick of Cedar Springs; three granddaughters, Lisa & Scott Haislip of Rockvale, Tennessee, Dena & Rex Davis of Bell Buckle, Tennessee, and Christine & Kirk Medlar of Grattan; six great grandchildren, Ashley & Jeremy Gannon, Katie Davis, Austin Davis, Jennifer & Dustin Guldin, Avery Medlar, and Jordan Medlar; three great-great grandchildren, Colin Gannon, Cammie Gannon, and Alaysia Davis, with the fourth, Gracyn Gloria Noel Guldin, due in August; a sister, Mary Stumbaugh of Lima, Ohio; a brother, Ronald & Betty Spyker of Wapakoneta, Ohio; siblings-in-law, Glennis Jensen of Arizona, Jenny & Buster Vasher of Harrison, Don Sherrick, Sandy Quist, Shirley Johnson, and Norm Thome, all of Greenville; and many, many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 3, 2008 at the Brown-Teman & Christiansen Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, with the Rev. Ken Harger, pastor of Shiloh Community Church, officiating.

Instead of flowers, Jean would have appreciated contributions in her memory to the Flat River Community Library.  Visitation is on Sunday from 12 Noon to 2:00 p.m at the funeral home.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Jeans online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please click the “Sign Guest Book” link above.


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  1. Anonymous on July 30, 2008 at 12:00 am


    08/20/2008 –

    Dustin Guldin

    I knew Nana because she is my great grandmother in law. I only have known her for 2 and a half years, but I feel like I have known her for a lifetime. She was nice to me from the very first time I met her. Jennifer Guldin, my wife, had a very close relationship with her Nana, and I feel like they included me in their special relationship. I am so happy that I did get to meet her, spend time with her and I have some very fond memories that I will treasure of her. The most prominent memory was last October 2007, Jen and I visited her and Papa, and we went dancing. I had the pleasure of dancing with her, I never knew that her feet could move that fast. She certainly was better than I was. I will miss her deeply, and know she is in a better place. I know that she is dancing in heaven with God now! Love you Nana!

    08/20/2008 –


    Nana Banana, I do not know where to begin. I miss you so very much, but back in my mind with my most precious memories you are still very much alive. I love to close my eyes and picture you sitting at the kitchen table drinking your morning coffee or dancing around the kitchen floor trying to get me to dance with you and then giving me the biggest hug with a big kiss on the cheek. I can hear your voice so clearly in my mind..what I would do to talk to you just once more on the phone or even to get a text message from you asking if my mom was ok haha you always did worry about her, but you don’t have to worry any longer..I will take care of her. My only regret is that Gracyn did not get to meet the best Nana in the world; but do not worry, she will know you. I will share special stories and memories with her and tell her how much you wanted to meet her. Remember Nana, you promised to come see Gracyn and I later this year when it isn’t so hot outside, so I expect to see you soon..our guardian angel. I love you Nana!

    08/20/2008 –

    Dena Davis

    Nana today is your Birthday and I can not do anything but think of you. How I wish you were here for us all to celebrate.
    There are no words to describe what you and Papa have meant to me in my life. I do not know what I will do without you in my life. I am so grateful I had you in my life for this long but I was not ready to let you go.
    One of my favorite memories is of you clog and square dancing. I will miss text messaging you. No one could believe my 79 year old Grandmother was sending me text messages.
    I love you with all my heart. I will treasure all the memories forever. You will always be my Nana Banana. May your legacy life forever.
    Love #2 Dena

    08/19/2008 –


    My dear sweet Nana, my rock. She was always there, waiting for my phone calls and offering support for my latest dilemma. How I miss her. I think of her constantly. She was such a hip nana…fiddlin’, dancing, music, crafts, remodeling, technology savvy, and text messaging were just a few of her special talents. She was an amazing woman, who will be dearly missed by everyone she touched. I love you Nana. You hold a very special place in my heart.

    08/04/2008 –

    Ashley Gannon

    Nana I love and miss you very much. I remember the year you come down to visit my mom, katie and I in colorado. I had clogging practice that day and you would come and clog with me. I always loved to watch you clog and play the banjo. I also remember when you played the banjo for Jenn and me to old joe clark so we could dance and sing in your yard for the danish festival. My favorite memory that i will cherish forever is the night of my wedding at my reception when they played Cotton eyed joe and you got out there and clogged you ROCKED THE DANCE FLOOR. I will cherish these memories and so much more for the rest of my life. I am so thankful for having you in my life, i will keep your memories fresh in my children head so they will know just how wonderful you are. You will be missed dearly.

    08/04/2008 –

    Sandy Quist

    To my “favorite” sister-in-law Jean. We had some great times over the years! I always think about the time some guy called your house at 6:30 in the morning and said “hello Gloria, this is your cousin from Holland!” He had the wrong number. And of course no one called you Gloria, you were “Little” Jean. I know we are all going to miss you! Love Sandy

    08/04/2008 –

    Larry & Cheryl (Bow) Prosser

    Gene, Diane, Gib and Family,
    My deepest sympathy to you all and to your families. It is so hard to lose such a great lady. I have so many memories of growing up and even as an adult. Mom dearly loved Jeanie and they were such good friends. I pray that God will bless you and comfort you through this most difficult time. Larry & Cheryl

    08/03/2008 –

    Dolores Johansen

    Dena, Lisa & Family,
    I will never forget “Nana” her smile and laughter was infectious to everyone around her. I have fond memories of stopping by visiting or eating lunch with Dena. She was an inspiration to us all to go out and really LIVE & LOVE life! I can just imagine she is daning in heaven and smiling upon us!
    God Blessed the life of “Nana” and God Bless you all!!!!!!
    Dolores & Jeff Rachel and Andrew Johansen

    08/01/2008 –

    Ron Spyker

    Memories… Jean planned on having strawberry shortcake. When she came to the table to eat some shortcake she wondered where it was.- Of course, Gene blamed me! But we all know who the culprit really was. She was not too happy. This happened at Thomas Lake.
    When they lived at Coffrin St. I was helping withe the dishes. Someone had opened the basement door and when I turned around I fell down into the basement. Jean was yelling at me wondering where I went. Good times!

    08/01/2008 –

    Kirk, Christine, Avery, and Jordan Medlar

    We love you Nana. May your legacy live on forever.

    08/01/2008 –

    Chris Wellman

    Our sympathies from all of Jean’s friends at Chemical Bank.It has always been a pleasure to visit with your parents in their walks to Jorgensens. They would stop in just to say Hi! Jean will be greatly missed by everyone here!

    07/31/2008 –

    Karen Mcdonald

    Uncle Gene, Diane, Lisa, Dena, Gib & Christy and your families,
    So sorry to hear about Aunt Jean, it is such a difficult time for all of you, my heart goes out to you.
    Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    It made me smile everytime I would see her riding her bike or walking around town. She definitely kept active. Hard to believe she was almost 80, I guess I never thought about her being that age, she always seemed to stay the same, she was one of those people that just didn’t seem to age.
    Love you, Karen, Scott, Nikki & Mitch McDonald

    Gary Headley

    Sorry for your loss. Nana was a tough lady who believed in family and values. She will be dearly missed. Gary

    Victoria Jo Schultz

    Dear Uncle Gene, Gib, Lynne, and entire family. I’m so sorry Aunt Jean passed.I will miss her so much-she always made me smile. She was so very talented- in everything she did. My heart goes out to you all at this time. With Love , Vicky Jo

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