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Sharon “Sherry” Louise Jones was born an only child on May 26, 1944, to Strother Everett (James) Grose and Miranda Viola Jayne Walters Grose in Elm Grove, Wheeling, West Virginia, where they lived until moving to Upland, California when she was 9 years old. Sherry attended Upland High School where she was involved in drama club and the school newspaper, graduating in 1962.
Sherry graduated from LaVerne College in San Diego where she was an active member of the Phi Beta Phi sorority, majoring in English and minoring in history and music education, which led to her obtaining her teaching degree.
Sherry married James McNabb in 1967 and they had two daughters, Julie, and Kirstie. As an advocate of early childhood education, she chose to forgo working to concentrate on being a homemaker and educator for the girls. When the girls started school, Sherry began teaching 6th grade at Star Elementary for one year before moving over to the Nampa School District at Centennial Elementary teaching 5th grade for two years from 1979-1981.
After leaving the elementary school environment, she moved over to West Jr. High in Nampa, teaching 8th and 9th grade reading and debate. Sherry married Jack Jones in 1983, bringing a very patient man into their lives to help balance the scales in raising two teenage daughters. Sherry continued to teach at West until 1996 when she took a position at Skyview High School in Nampa, teaching junior and AP English. She retired from teaching in 2007 so she could care for her husband Jack while he fought Leukemia. After Jack’s death in 2009, Sherry spent her retirement years doting on her family, enjoying her swimming pool, and connecting with friends. She was diagnosed with CLL (Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia) in 2018, which went into remission after two years of treatment. In August of 2021, she suffered a life changing spinal cord injury while on a cruise in Alaska. Since that time, Sherry spent her days at Spring Gardens in Meridian under the care of extremely loving and patient caregivers. In the spring of 2023, her CLL returned, along with other ailments, leading to her death.
Sherry spent her entire life educating others. She loved literature and history and writing, which gave her the understanding of the intricate workings of the world, that she then passed on to her students.
Sherry was preceded in death by her parents and husband Jack. She is survived by her two daughters, Julie Gilbert (boyfriend Anthony Kallas) of Gulfport, Mississippi and Kirsti Cady (Todd) of Nampa, Idaho, grandchildren Michael Bernhart Jr, Miranda Bernhart and Mikayla Bernhart, Braeden Grigsby, Garrett Grigsby, Kade Grigsby, and Dylan Cady along with 10 great-grandchildren.
A viewing will be held on Wednesday, July 26, 2023, from 5 to 7 pm at the Nampa Funeral Home, Yraguen Chapel. A celebration of her life will be held at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, July 27, 2023, at the Nampa Funeral Home, Yraguen Chapel. Burial will follow at the Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Caldwell. An online guest book and full obit is available at www.nampafuneralhome.com