Patricia Sherell |

Patricia Sherell

Patricia “Patty” Ella Sherrell died Oct. 22. She was 70.

A celebration of life will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, at Sierra Pines United Methodist Church in Grass Valley.

She was born June 26, 1940, in Tahlequah, Okla., to Bob and Delma While. When Patty was a little girl the family moved to Southern California and lived near Venice Beach. She attended Venice High School, was a gifted musician and grew up singing and playing music with her father. There was always music in the house and friends around the table.

She had a zest for life that was contagious and she loved entertaining. She made everything special and drew people to her as she always made everyone feel welcome and part of the fun. She loved to play guitar and sing, cook, sew and create specially crafted gifts.

She inspired us all to give more, be kinder, love greater and to never give up or stop believing in what can be. She lived this way and had the capacity to love, forgive and cherish all who crossed her path. She taught us how to have hope. Even in the darkest moments, she pointed us toward light. Her love and lessons will live on in her children, grandchildren and the many people she touched along the way. We already miss her so much.

She is survived by her children, Jud Emery, Cindy Maple, Jill Emery, Kim Stephens, Marjan Otto, Jaime Cain and Josh Paul; 19 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and sister, Gail Hess.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Bob and Delma White; brother, Robert White; and husbands, Judson Emery and Robert Sherrell.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospitality House Shelter, P.O. Box 3223, Grass Valley, CA 95945.

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