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Sharon Kay Gordon died peacefully on September 27, 2020. She will be remembered for her brilliant smile, kind heart and sweet laugh. Her family treasures memories of her quick wit and feisty and fiery personality.
She truly delighted in her role as grandmother of three, often regaling anyone she met with tales of the antics of her grandchildren. She had a wonderful way of turning everyday occurrences into special times aided by, and in partnership with, her beloved husband Rick. Sherrie loved playing with her grandchildren, encouraging them and teasing them, with tickles thrown in for good measure. She also was well known for her pie-making skills, and loved engaging her littlest helpers.
Rick and Sherrie’s rich life took them on numerous adventures, always together. Her smile captured Rick’s heart when they met at UMKC and from that point on they journeyed as best friends, making each other better through the more than 44 years they spent together. They faced her health challenges as a united team, overcoming the odds and many obstacles along the way as she repeatedly bounced back from illness so she could spend more time with her family. They ventured to many destinations, starting out in bleak married student housing in Iowa and moving on to have children during their time in Ohio and Oklahoma.
For many years Sherrie focused on her family, raising her two children in Northern Virginia, leading Girl Scout troops, helping drive to and from hockey practices, volunteering at school and so much more. Together she and Rick are the biggest cheerleaders of their children, Jen and Steve, supporting them in every way and singing their praises. She was proud of her children’s professional successes, tracking Jen’s journalism and communications career progression and most recently sharing how well Steve did when he recently changed careers citing her pride as he received numerous awards at graduation.
Sherrie and Rick enjoyed frequent road trips to see Jen and to travel to other destinations, including many happy times and travels when Sherrie’s parents and her family visited when they lived on the East Coast. She truly loved time at the beach, any beach, but especially Hawaii, and in recent years, Destin.
Later in life they returned to her native Kansas City. She treasured her time working at Blue Valley North High School as registrar and the friends she made there, particularly the special bond and camaraderie she shared with her fellow registrars across the Blue Valley School District. She reluctantly retired due her health issues but maintained friendships.
She is survived by her husband of more than 44 years, Rick, her daughter, Jen, son, Steve, daughter-in-law, Emily, and son-in-law, Mike. Her three grandchildren, Avery, Eleanor, and Grant, will miss her tremendously. She also is survived by her seven siblings, Sandy, Debbie, Bob, Jim, Kathy, Sheila, and Suzy, many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, and nieces and nephews. Her parents, John and Nancy, and brother-in-law, Steve, preceded her in death.
Sherrie’s family invites you to a celebration of her life from 12:30 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 11, at Shelter 12 in Shawnee Mission Park. We will not have a formal service or program, but are hoping to have time to visit throughout the afternoon and share stories of time with Sherrie. Please wear masks and we will be practicing social distancing. Her family would treasure any stories or photos you’d like to share on the memory wall or directly with them.
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