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Susan Sherriff

June 28, 1946 — May 26, 2018

Susan Carol Sherriff 71 of Montrose SD passed away on May 26, 2018.  She was born in Toledo, Ohio on June 28, 1946, the daughter of Lowell and Eleanor (Durivage) Sherriff.  In Toledo, Susan delivered the Toledo Blade newspaper 7 days a week for 20 years.

Susan moved to Montrose in 2009 and joined the Montrose United Methodist Church in 2010. Susan, who loved helping children, worked with the Green Thumb program at Montrose School for two years then volunteered for another year before her loss of sight prevented her from working.  She fondly recalls shaking the milk cartons of the kindergarten kids and saying “Still milk in here - you gotta finish this”, then they would laugh and finish it.

She wrote and illustrated a children’s book about 2 friends with binoculars.  For several years Terri Smith and Susan would read the book to the class, then make binoculars out of toilet paper rolls and yarn and then go outside to use them.

Until mid-2016, Susan showed up to donate at every Montrose Blood Drive that her sister coordinated, despite reoccurring low iron counts, which made her ineligible to donate on all but one occasion.  Susan kept on trying. 

Susan was a dedicated TV fan who watcher her favorite shows without fail.  She began watching the daytime drama General Hospital in 1968 (when it was a 15 minute long black and white “Soap Opera”) and continued to watch this and her other shows even after the blindness because she recognized the voices.  Susan was a huge Elvis fan and was able to tour Graceland and Sun Records before moving to Montrose. 

Susan had been a resident at the Salem Care & Rehabilitation for about a year and a half. Susan wanted everyone to know how caring the Salem Care staff was.  Kay is passing her thank you along to the Salem staff and to the Asera Care hospice staff.  They are terrific.

Susan is survived by her siblings, Donald (Linda) of Toledo Ohio, Kay of Montrose and William (Julie) of Leawood Kansas; 2 first cousins and many nephews and nieces. Her parents. Lowell and Eleanor (Durivage) Sherriff preceded her in death.

In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to Breast Cancer Awareness or to a charity of your choice.

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Memorial Service

Friday, June 1, 2018

Starts at 10:30 am (Central time)

Montrose United Methodist Church

, Montrose, SD 57048

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