Sherrill Mitchell (Sherry), former teacher, interpreter, and advocate for the deaf and blind, died peacefully in her sleep Thursday, November 12th, 2021 in Casper Wyoming with a smile on her face and a joy in her heart, knowing she was going to be with her lord and savior Jesus Christ.
Sherry was born in Lynn, Massachusetts, to Mildred and Ralph Montrose. Mildred eventually re-married George Finn and Sherry was raised by Mildred and George in the Cape Ann area of New England. Sherry is survived by her older sister Mim Smith and her brother Don Montrose. In addition to these siblings, she is also survived by her brother and sisters Billy, Beth, and Kathy.
At a young age Sherry found a passion for working with deaf and blind students and taught in Watertown Massachusetts at Perkins School for the Blind. Continuing her ever evolving love of education, she eventually earned her bachelor's degree in education from Boston University.
Sherry married Walter Mitchell, and they had two children Mike and Debi. Sherry devoted her life to her faith in the Lord Jesus and served every day as a beacon of light to others in her beliefs and convictions. In the mid-eighties she had a calling from the lord to seek out opportunities to minister and share his word, as well as continued education and helping the deaf community.
This calling lead her to the Wind River Indian Reservation in Fremont County Wyoming, where she taught a decedent of Chief Washakie who was starting kindergarten and who had been born deaf. She was hired by the Shoshone Tribe to interpret and assist in the education of this young man. Later in her life Sherry would again advance her career to work for the state of Wyoming as an advocate for all deaf students in communities across the state to ensure everyone had the correct tools and proper support for continued education and learning.
After she retired, she remained in Wyoming, living in Lander, Riverton and Casper where she would often minister the word of the Lord at many of the local jails, and hold local bible studies with people she met in each community. She was passionate about crafting, tracing family genealogy and being an active member of her local community church. She was a bit of a gypsy at heart and enjoyed travelling and seeing new places and meeting new people. As a result of this, she has touched the lives of many around country as well as around the world.
In addition to her siblings, and two children, Sherry is survived by her grandchildren, Nicholas, Gabriel and Christopher Petermann; Jagger and Venice Mitchell.
Her family has decided at this time that coordinating a singular memorial in one place for her would be difficult, since Sherry has touched the lives of so many at great distances. They family asks that each person who knew and loved Sherry hold a personal memorial for her and remember her for the impact she had on your life directly and with meaning that would hold significance to the relationship you had with her. In lieu of flowers, please do something personal and special for her in your own way.
Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Bustard & Jacoby Funeral Home, 600 CY Avenue, Casper, WY 82601.
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