Sherry Ann Nelsen
MARQUETTE, MI – Sherry Ann Nelsen, age 79, of Marquette, Michigan and Ft. Myers, Florida, entered eternal life on January 6th, 2022.
She is safely Home, pain free at last in the restorative care of Jesus. After a two year battle with cancer, she took her last earthly breath holding the hands of her husband; Michael and sons; Eric and Paul.
In November, she entered Hope Hospice Care Home, in Ft. Myers, for one week and then came back home to be cared for by family along with the excellent care of Hope Hospice.
Sherry was born in Jacksonville, Florida, on January 3rd, 1943, to William Thomas Patrick III and Madge Loreae (Bates) Patrick and raised in Florida along with her younger brother, Richard.
Sherry graduated from Brevard College in North Carolina and then the University of South Carolina in Columbia South Carolina.
She met her future husband, Michael, while he was serving in the Navy stationed at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. They married in 1966, after her graduation from USC and moved to Detroit, where Michael began a 34 year career with Amoco Oil, which included many household moves, including Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, London, New York and Chicago and a great deal of international travel for business, short-term mission trips and pleasure. Eventually, they retired to Michael’s hometown, Marquette, with winters spent in Sherry’s beloved Florida.
Sherry will be remembered and cherished as a wonderful mother, wife, daughter, aunt and friend. She touched so many lives with humility, graciousness and compassion, whether sponsoring refugee families, teaching and leading Bible studies, serving in church leadership, leading short-term mission Trips and through community outreach and activism. She served as the executive director of the committee for children’s television in Detroit, served as a volunteer with Lake Superior Health Care & Hospice and Trillium House in Marquette and volunteered with Hope Hospice Care and Kairos Outside, (a ministry to women who’s loved ones are in prison) in Ft. Myers.
Sherry was an accomplished stained glass artist, taught art classes in Florida and even took classes in Chicago to become a clown, so she and her friends could visit children in hospitals as clowns for encouragement.
There seemed to be nothing she wouldn’t try if it would help someone in need. Sherry truly believed that God called her to help others, and she did.
Sherry is survived by husband; Michael, son; Eric, his wife; Tracy, son; Paul, granddaughters; Clara, Ava, and Amity, and her brother; Richard Patrick and his wife; Cam, several nieces and nephews and many dear friends.
All of us will miss her greatly. A memorial service will be held at McGregor Baptist Church in Ft. Myers, on January 21st, 2022 and another service in Marquette at Bethel Baptist Church, in Marquette, in July.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Acharya and Dr. Delin and UPHS in Marquette. for their excellent care and compassion through out Sherry’s cancer treatment. Thanks also go to Dr. Hart and Florida Cancer Center in Ft. Myers and Hope Hospice Care. They were all a blessing to us and eased Sherry’s journey.