Monday, December 10, 2012

Grandma Sherrill

A week ago, my grandmother passed away. At 91 years old, surrounded by her four daughters, she silently passed away after a long, healthy life.

Since she lived in Oklahoma and I grew up in Texas, I only got to see her mostly on holidays. I always looked forward to her warmth. She was the sweetest woman I ever knew. Our second daughter, Sophia, has her middle name from grandma's family.

Her obituary:

Graveside services for Sherrill Compton Smith were held at the Watonga, Oklahoma IOOF Cemetery on December 3, 2012.   Sherrill quietly passed away on December 1 (her wedding anniversary) at the First Shamrock Care Center in Kingfisher, Oklahoma.

Sherrill was born in Broken Bow, Oklahoma on April 23, 1921, the eighth of eleven children born to Mittie C. and John M. Compton.  She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings Thelma Gungoll, Paul Compton, Vera France, Kathryn Cossey, Carl Compton, Hugh Compton, Carmen Robbins, Margaret Benway, and Marie Dickson.  Brother Bryan Compton of Watonga, Oklahoma is her last surviving sibling.

Sherrill married Grandal E. Smith on December 1, 1944, and he preceded her in death in 1977.  Surviving them are daughters Linda Loewen (Arthur), Perry, Georgia; Terry Smith, El Reno, Oklahoma; Becky Smith (Rusty), Harker Heights, Texas, and Jo Anne Jones (Paul Compton), Watonga, Oklahoma.  She is also survived by seven grandchildren:  Jeffrey Loewen (Laura) and Tracey Hill (Cale), Perry, Georgia; Andrew Smith, Austin, Texas; Todd Smith, Harker Heights, Texas; Matthew Smith (Saemi), Seoul, South Korea, and Amory Jones and Steven Jones of Watonga, Oklahoma.  Surviving great-grandchildren are Brandon Loewen, Dalton Hill, and Connor Hill, Perry, Georgia; Madison Brower, Watonga, Oklahoma, and Evelyn Smith and Sophia Smith, Seoul, South Korea.

Sherrill was a graduate of Watonga High School and Hill’s Business College in Oklahoma City.  Upon graduation, she worked double shifts as secretary for the commander of Tinker Air Force Base.  For 23 years, Sherrill served as secretary for eight different district attorneys at the Blaine County Courthouse in Watonga.  She loved gardening and cooking for her family.  She was a member of the First Christian Church of Watonga.

Special appreciation goes to the loving caregivers of First Shamrock Care Center and Russell-Murray Hospice. For those who desire, a donation in memory of Sherrill Smith may be made to Russell-Murray Hospice, 221 South Bickford, El Reno, Oklahoma  73036.

Before she died, I was told that her health was failing. I took it in and thought our life cycle, as people. I reflected on that as I looked at my first daughter running around our apartment in her diaper. She was as happy as a clam. Then it hit me: my grandma was once this small. This fragile.

It got me thinking about the way we live our life: we can hardly control how we are born, and in some cases, how we die. But all of us (hopefully) were lovingly raised by our parents and one day, we give that some miracle to someone else.

My grandma raised my mom and her sisters. Not to toot my family's horn but, my mom is pretty awesome. Grandma also took amazing care of her grandkids. 

I hope she knew just how much she was loved.

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