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  • Sherry Joseph Nutting

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  • July 5, 1931 August 20, 2013
    Sherry was delivered by her father July 5, 1931, in Oklahoma City and died peacefully surrounded by family Tuesday, August 20, 2013. The fact that the membrane covered her head during birth (Caul) meant that she was a special person. That she was! Her parents, Dr. Joseph Antony and Arden Antony, moved the family from Lawton, Okla., to Medford, Ore. in 1945 where Sherry graduated from Medford High in 1949. During the two years Sherry attended U of O, she was a member of the AOPi sorority and was a finalist for Sweetheart of Sigma Chi fraternity. Sherry wanted to be an airline stewardess, but ended up a dental assistant in Medford.
    A chance encounter with Ron Nutting, home on leave from the Army in 1952, led to a whirlwind, romantic courtship and marriage November 14, 1953, after Ron completed Officer Candidate School and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers. This love at first sight union produced two fine sons, Brad and Brian, who are ardent Oregon State Beavers as is Ron. Her young sons quickly learned that Mom had eyes in the back of her head and had the intuitive ability to thwart any mischievous activities. Sherry's proudest achievement was raising two sons from infancy to accomplished manhood.
    Sherry was a one of a kind woman who had more energy than most, who was a loving, guiding, nurturing mother, a meticulous homemaker, a giving person and an accomplished hostess. She could figure out how to fix about anything around the house using such techniques as a bench vice and a sledge hammer to shorten boards. Fixing toys was a specialty with her, although she might use Ron's finish chisel to clean off rust, etc. You get the idea! Sherry was a smoker until her young sons used a needle to poke holes in her cigarettes, put exploding caps in the tobacco and sew yarn through the cigarettes. She quit cold turkey and promised her sons that if they ever started to smoke she would come down on them so hard they would hurt for a week! Sewing was one of her greatest talents and she could make any item of clothing.
    She and Ron had a magic relationship where each supported and loved the other through good and bad times. Sherry was the temperamental Italian, talkative type adding excitement to Ron's more even, low-key disposition.
    Sherry had a way with animals. As a young girl she enjoyed and trained her horses, Sugar and Pepper, her pet squirrels, Chitter and Chatter, her pet geese, Lucy and Lucky and a crippled chicken that Sugar stepped on. As an adult, she could connect with all types of people and become an immediate friend. Sherry volunteered for five years at the Bel Aire nursing home (now Avamere) on Allen Blvd., Beaverton, followed by 25 years at Emanuel Hospital, Portland. For the latter she was recognized as A Treasure of Emanuel in 2002.
    Sherry immersed herself with her children by helping coach Midget League Baseball; serving as Cub Scout Den Mother where she could out rope climb the older Scout Den Chief; becoming active in PTA matters; and serving as President of the Mom's Club for the boys' college fraternity. Their Kappa Sigma brothers looked forward to OSU Moms' Weekends so they could dance with Mrs. Nutting. She enjoyed cheering for her sons at athletic events and her voice could always be heard, sometimes to their chagrin. Sherry was probably one of the few women who liked to hunt rattlesnakes and collect their rattles, sometimes before they were dispatched.
    She enjoyed family events, camping, waterskiing, working in her beautiful yard, shopping for bargains, annual Christmas tree cutting and decorating, playing bridge with the girls, wine tasting and picnics, shopping with her grandchildren, travel with family to Maui, ocean cruising, climbing pyramids in the Yucatan and hiking glaciers in Alaska with her husband.
    Sherry was able to enjoy watching her grandchildren grow into young ladies and a gentleman and share all the celebrations along the way. It is hard to measure the mutual love and respect they had for one another.
    Sherry fought through a series of severe illnesses beginning in February 2013 until her body was exhausted and gave up August 20, 2013. She was preceded in death by her parents and three siblings. She is survived by her husband, Ron of nearly 60 years, November 14, 2013, would have been their 60th anniversary; sons, Brad (Chris) and Brian (Karen); and grandchildren, Molly, Bonnie, Colin, and Stephanie. They are all residents of the Portland Metro area.
    Sherry is now at peace and flying over the rainbow with her bluebirds in the Land of Oz. No service will be held, although a celebration of our beloved Sherry's life will be held later. Our family was sustained by the wonderful care provided by Providence St. Vincent Hospice's medical and administrative personnel. They have our heartfelt gratitude. Thank you!
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