Sheryl was born to Wilford and LeNora Christensen on Oct. 13, 1930, in Monticello, Utah. She was the youngest of six children: Rowena, Donna, Buckley, Bonnie, and Beverly. All of Sheryl’s sisters preceded her in death; she is survived by her brother, Buckley, and his wife, Yvonne.
On Oct. 21, 1960, Sheryl married Harvey W. Merrell and acquired his three children: Kristine, Douglas and David. Douglas preceded her in death. In 1967, Melinda was born, followed soon by Matthew in 1969.
Sheryl is survived by Melinda Schmidt, her husband Shad their two sons, Wilson and Cade, and Matthew Merrell, his wife Wendy their three children, Page, Chase and Claire. Sheryl is also survived by her stepchildren, Kristine Merrell Rogers (Lane), David Merrell; and four step-grandsons.
Her husband Harvey passed away in May 2004.
Sheryl loved the outdoors. Throughout her adult life she longed for her childhood days when she “took the cows to the pasture.” As an adult, Sheryl tirelessly traipsed around the desert with her geologist husband, Harvey, looking at rocks. Sheryl filled her pockets with rocks that she liked; she refused to abandon any rock that struck her fancy, even if Harvey declared it to be “no good.” Sheryl’s last days were spent outside if at all possible; in spite of her failing health, she was strong enough to part the curtain, look out the window and declare: “it looks nice out there.”
In addition to Mother Nature, Sheryl loved her family, especially her children and grandchildren, her dog Tyros, chocolate and coca cola; not necessarily in that order.
A graveside service was held Tuesday, June 18, at 11:30 a.m. at the Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery. A viewing was held from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the service.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.SpanishValleyMortuary.com.