Sherry “Montgomery” Noel Semrad
October 24, 1942 - February 4, 2014
Sherry Noel Montgomery Semrad, connoisseur.
“Save some for me.” The world was her buffet. She hungered to sample everything — every food, every movie, book, country, friendship. Each person, each experience was appreciated like fine wine. Sherry was a connoisseur of people, art, movies, books, culture/countries and fashion.
Sherry Noel started with a limited menu in the Texas Panhandle and soaked it all up — read with her mother, Faye, rode a cow pony, Sugar Baby, with her father, Bill — shadowed her big brother, Bub, into the milking stall, twirled in her big sister, JoAnne’s petticoats. Sherry was fearless in her pursuit of the best life. Her e-mail moniker was “bugsonteeth.” She made herself vulnerable, with a child-like wonder, open to all life could give her — overcame a terror of putting her face in water to be able to water ski with her children in her 30s, overcame rusty momma brain to earn not only her B.A., but her M.A. too, in speech pathology at the top program in the field, with top marks, in her 40s, pulling up roots to start over four times.
At 15, Sherry couldn’t resist her friend Sarah’s invitation to meet a cute boy, stating the obvious, “You’re sooo tall,” and after a minute’s conversation, thinking, “And a smart ass to boot.” The cute boy was James and after refusing him a half-dozen times, she relented. She cultivated that relationship into 52 years of marriage, sometimes tender, always passionate. Aunt Mary would say, “If one of them stops pushing, they’d both fall over.” The pushing frequently grew into holding up, and the tenderness grew with the accumulation of years and experience.
Her children were her finest works of art in her collection. Her oldest daughter, Melissa, is the best caregiver. Her son, Matt, is the best father. Her baby, Theresa Michelle, is the best at anything she tries. And they are just the tip of the ice sculpture; there was nothing where her kids didn’t shine. Then, her grandchildren, there are not enough superlatives in the dictionary. Her only granddaughter, Katrin, is the sun. Her first grandson, Ari, is the moon. Her grandson, Matteo, is the North Star. Her grandson, Carter, is a dimpled dipper. And Cooper, he’s her supernova.
Sherry Noel Montgomery Semrad, 71, of Pine, Ariz., was born Oct. 24, 1942. She passed away Feb. 4, 2014 with her husband, James, and sister, JoAnne, at her side. At her request, no funeral services are planned.
Memorials may be sent to Pine Library, Pine, Ariz.
There will be a celebration of her life in the spring on her ranch in the Panhandle of Texas.
Arrangements by Hudgel’s Swan Funeral Home, 22nd & Swan, Tucson.