Sherri, the daughter of Jimmy Martinez and Doris Kerlick, was born in Carnegie, Oklahoma, on June 30, 1950. She graduated from Carnegie High School in 1968, attended Southwestern State University and ultimately earned her B.A. from Oklahoma City University in 1972. Sherri had a lifetime love of music, ultimately earing an M.F.A. from the University of Oklahoma in 1994. Sherri was an avid Sooner sports fan: she was a season football-ticket holder for most of her life, she was an avid basketball fan and, traveled to California in January to cheer her beloved Sooners on at the Rose Bowl game and in the parade.
A woman of many talents, Sherri was a cattle farmer in Carnegie, OK as well as an elementary, middle, and high school music teacher in both Norman and Oklahoma City, while simultaneously being an endlessly loving, tireless advocate for her developmentally disabled son, Jay. This is truly a testament to her tenacity, intelligence and warm spirit.
Sherri's love for her son, Jay, her husband, Tom, her extended family and friends knew no bounds. She relished any opportunity to be with her family and friends. While Sherri and her husband traveled, visiting family members and having adventures, she loved her cozy home and it is there, surrounded by family, friends and music that she loved to be most of all.
She is survived by her son, Jay, and her husband, Tom. As well as a large, extended family and too many beloved friends to ever count.
Her memorial service is at 10:30 am on Friday, May 18, 2018 at the First Christian Church of Norman, OK. In lieu of flowers, her family asks that donations be made in Sherri's memory to the J.D. McCarty Center for Children with Disabilities in Norman, OK.
Published on May 15, 2018