Obituary: Jean Sherman

Jean (Chris) Sherman, 75, of Sweet Home died Oct. 12, 2009.

She was born Jan. 14, 1944 in Olivia, Minn., to Phil Grasser and Anna Visser, the youngest of five children.

She married Roger Sherman in 1984. She retired after 18 years as a clerk at the Monterey County Superior Court. The Shermans moved to Sweet Home from Carmel Valley, Calif. in 1994.

In Sweet Home Chris was a regular volunteer for Meals on Wheels for over 10 years. She was famous for keeping the streets of Sweet Home clean of trash and weeds. She took daily walks through the avenues with a trash bag and picked up the litter.

She was a keen observer of nature and loved to take long walks in the forest. She would point out the tiniest of mushrooms and the pattern of bark beetle engravings on a fallen tree. She hiked most of the Old Cascade peaks, including Cone Peak, Iron Mountain, Browder Ridge, the Middle Pyramid, Tidbits Mountain and Twin Buttes. In the winter she would go for walks along the Santiam Wagon Road and to Cascadia State Park.

Mrs. Sherman was a meticulous gardener. She would weed and deadhead the flowerbed and when she wasn’t picking blueberries, she would be reading. She was an avid reader who loved the library.

She was not afraid to speak her mind. She was outspoken without being overbearing. As her friend put it, “Chris was a .44 magnum that thought she was a .22.” She was a thoughtful, helpful and practical woman who is missed by her family and friends and whose passing is a loss to the entire community.

Mrs. Sherman is survived by her husband, Roger, of Sweet Home; stepchildren Laura Kelley of Salinas, Calif., Matt Sherman of San Francisco, Calif., Tim Sherman of Santa Maria, Calif., DeDe Richards of Haines, Alaska; and her foster daughter Alice Smith of Sweet Home.

She was preceded in death by her stepson, Steve Sherman.

A celebration tree will be planted in Strawberry Park to honor Mrs. Sherman. Donations may be made to the Sweet Home Library, 1101 13th Ave., Sweet Home, OR 97386.