Sherrie's Story

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Services to honor the life of Sherrie Ann Diedrich will be 11 a.m., Saturday, April 15, 2017 in the Chapel of the Garden at Rice Funeral Service.
Sherrie passed away on Friday, April 7, 2017. She was 71.
Born in Idabel, Oklahoma on Feb. 25, 1946 to June Daniels. The family moved to Carlsbad, Calif. when Sherrie was 2 years of age. She graduated from Carlsbad High School, and always considered herself a Californian.
Sherrie was what the modern world calls a 'creative.' There was almost nothing she didn't succeed at when she put her mind to it.
She was an excellent seamstress and managed a sewing factory in her early twenties. During that time she made most her family's clothes in the latest fashion trends of the late 60's and early 70's, which we now think of as the hippie era. Sherrie loved animals of all types and had many beloved pets over the years. At one point she had a dog, a cat, and a parrot.
Visitors to her home were amazed to see them all sitting on the living room floor within a few feet of each other in peaceful tranquility, which they somehow understood was her preference.
She was a rescuer of lost dogs and people in need, opening her home and her heart to many over the years. People were drawn to her and intuitively felt her compassion.
Friends and family often had the experience of finding her praying for someone she had just struck up a conversation with in Walmart, the bank, or some other venue. She was a touchstone for many and gave everything she had to those in need.
Perhaps one of the greatest talents she possessed was the ability to reinvent herself. Never one to be defined by society or her age, she enjoyed plotting the next home improvement project and mastering tiling, painting, plumbing, and faux finishes that surpassed professional tradesmen. She was a huge Doctor Who fan, and passed on to her children her love of British television. Fashion forward, technologically savvy, and craftily creative, she explored the world with an appetite for life and the people she held dearest.
There were many loves throughout her life and a few heartbreaks. While her sensitive heart was often deeply affected, she always overcame to become a better and wiser version of herself.
Sherrie will be deeply missed by all whose lives she touched.
Published on April 11, 2017
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