Wilma Marie (nee Nichols) Sherrick, 96, of Effingham, Illinois, passed peacefully from this life surrounded by her family on Thursday, April 19, 2018, at Lakeland Rehabilitation & Health Care Center in Effingham, Illinois.
Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at First Christian Church of Effingham, with the funeral service to follow at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at church, officiated by Pastor David McConnell. Burial will follow at Greenup Cemetery in Greenup, Illinois. Services are in the care of Johnson Funeral Home in Effingham, Illinois.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the First Christian Church Women’s Ministry, The Unit 40 Foundation, or HSHS Hospice Southern Illinois. Online condolences may be shared at www.johnsonandsonsfh.com.
Wilma was born on September 20, 1921, on a farm in rural Cumberland County, Illinois to Ray and Opal (Reed) Nichols. She married William Lowry “Bill” Sherrick on August 10, 1941. He preceded her in death in 1998, after 57 years of marriage.
Wilma began her teaching career in a one-room schoolhouse in Jasper County, Illinois with a provisional certificate, and later graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a degree in Education. She was a teacher in Jasper County as well as Effingham Unit 40. After acquiring her Masters in Administration, she spent her last years in education as a principal at Watson and Central Grade Schools. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Effingham, Daughters of the American Revolution, Eastern Star & Effingham Art Guild. She loved music and frequently played the organ or piano for church, Eastern Star, and other events. She was well known for her china painting and enjoyed, knitting, sewing, writing, and painting on canvas.
Wilma is survived by one son, James R. (Sally) Sherrick of Watson, Illinois and two daughters, Nancy (David-deceased) Brosseau of Orland Park, Illinois, and Jeanie (Mike) Harshbarger of Mount Vernon, Indiana; seven grandchildren, Kelly (John) Anderson, Becky Quandt (Jim Martin), Craig (Tyra) Brosseau, Jeff (Danielle) Brosseau, Jacob (Sara) Webb, Michael (Danielle) Harshbarger, and Sean (Kaylin) Harshbarger; nine great-grandchildren, Hannah (Ryan) Hoekstra, Elizabeth Anderson, Isabelle Brosseau, Bennet Brosseau, Alec Quandt, Jason Martin, Reese and Josie Harshbarger, and Coraline Webb; and great-great-grandchildren, Nora and Noel Hoekstra.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William “Bill”; brother, Fred Nichols; and son-in-law, David Brosseau.
The family would like to thank the staff at Lakeland Rehabilitation & Health Care Center and HSHS Hospice Southern Illinois for the wonderful care of their mother.