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DECEASED:
Mary Esther Sherman

DATE OF DEATH:
Saturday, February 17, 2018


DATE OF FUNERAL:
Saturday, March 10, 2018


TIME OF FUNERAL:
2:00 PM


PLACE OF FUNERAL:
Unitarian Universalists Congregation of Atlanta


PLACE OF BURIAL:


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DONATIONS:
  • Unitarian Universalists Congregation of Atlanta Endowment Fund 
  • Melanoma Research Foundation 

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    OBITUARY:
    Mary Sherman, of Peachtree Corners, GA, was born at Ft. Monmouth, NJ, in 1944, and passed away at age 73 at Halcyon Hospice in Atlanta of metastatic melanoma. She spent her early years in Syracuse, NY, where she loved to ice skate on a frozen flooded field behind the Carrier Air Conditioner plant. When she was in ninth grade, the family moved to Lynchburg, VA, where she graduated from E. C. Glass High School. She was on the debate team there, arguing her way to the state debating final championships. She found that she enjoyed chemistry through the field of quantum mechanics. Her father told her that she could pursue that area through chemistry or physics, and she chose physics, which she studied at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg. At that point in her life, she said she made the one choice she later regretted; she was offered a job with NASA to join the Apollo simulation team, and she chose instead to attend graduate school. She received a Masterís degree in Physics at the University of Florida, married and had a daughter, taught physics at Santa Fe Community College for ten years, and, in her spare time, picked up an additional degree in electrical engineering, with high honors. She divorced, remarried, and had a son. After a distinguished career as an engineer and manager in the telecommunications field, and after receiving her executive MBA, she moved to Atlanta to handle contracts involved with Sprint/Nextelís major project involving bandwidth swaps for emergency services. She retired in 2015. For more than 25 years she was involved in the Unitarian Universalist church in all the places she lived, volunteering her time and talent to whatever administrative tasks were at hand. Mary loved her life in Atlanta. It was largely built around her commitment to her Unitarian church community, where she served on multiple committees, eventually chairing the Endowment Fund. Always an adventurer, she traveled the world, riding camels in Petra, playing with elephants in Botswana, hiking the Dingle peninsula in Ireland, jumping out of an airplane. An intrepid traveler, she was always planning her next trip. She loved rock climbing and Zumba class. She was willing to try almost anything once, and some things twice. She worked tirelessly for the Center for Spina Bifida prevention and prepared taxes for people through the AARP Tax Aide program. She was competent, curious, organized, and so much fun. She was a faithful, loyal, and gentle friend. She loved her grandchildren most of all, and her biggest regret about leaving the world was not seeing them grow up. Her parents, John and Marie Sherman, preceded her in death. Her family includes her sister Ida Cole, of Seattle, WA, her daughter, Dr. Janis Taube, Janisí husband, Dr. Alexander Hillel, and their children Dylan and Colton, all of Baltimore, MD, and her son, H. Joseph Ramagli, and his wife, Susanne Stover, and their children Cedar and Aurelia, of Junction City, OR. A memorial service in her honor will be held on March 10 at 2:00 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, located at 1911 Cliff Valley Way NE, Atlanta. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Center for Spina Bifida Prevention at Emory University, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta Endowment Fund, or the Melanoma Research Alliance.


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    Sherryl RomanMar 9 2018 04:36 pm
    Dear Sherman family. Knowing Mary was a true blessing. She was a patient of mine. She was one of the most gentle spirited lady I have ever known.She was always happy and asked about my family. She had a remarkable memory.She would ask about trips or illness I had spoken about.In my over fifty years of dentistry I have known many people Mary is one I will never forget. You are all in my prayers.
    Sharon T. GlassMar 9 2018 03:27 pm
    Dear Family of Mary Sherman- Please accept my deepest condolences on the sadly premature loss of dear Mary. She and I had a special connection, as we attended the same Getting to Know UU orientation sessions and were part of the same New Member Ceremony at UUCA. She loved UUCA dearly and the feeling was mutual! She brought so much life and energy to our congregation and will be sorely missed.
    Susan Bunch BlanchardMar 7 2018 06:32 pm
    Dear Maryís Family...Ida in particular. Your talented mother and I went to ECGlass together in Lynchburg, Va. I lived around the corner from you and remember when you moved into your house. Mary and I may have been Girl Scouts together, although Mary probably had many other academic pursuits. Her obituary described her beautifully, her talents her brightness, all her accomplishments. An amazing woman with a longing to change the world....And she certainly was a force for those with less resources than she had. I am so sorry. Susan Bunch (Blanchard) Susan Bunch (Blanchard)
    John Bryant and Bill CallahanMar 6 2018 09:14 pm
    Ida. Bill and I extend our condolences in the passing of Mary from the E. C. Glass High School, class of 1962. You may remember me. I counted Mary as a good friend. She worked with Bill and I every five years putting together the class reunion. This included the reunion held in October 2017. I'm sorry she couldn't be there. John Bryant
    Devery HowertonMar 6 2018 09:45 am
    Sincere condolences for your loss. Mary was a wonderful friend and such an asset to our UUCA community. She had the power of persuasion and even talked me into indoor rock climbing, not only once, but twice! She will be sorely missed, but her beautiful spirit will continue to surround everyone who knew her.
    Patty TikkalaMar 1 2018 12:53 pm
    I am saddened to hear of Mary's passing. I worked with Mary at 2 different companies (Motient and Nextel), and she was an true asset to both companies and dedicated in her work. She was patient and always wanted to learn all that she could. I know she was excited about her retirement from Sprint so she could spend more time with her family, her church and non profit activities. I know she will be missed. May God Bless your family in your time of loss and may you find peace and joy in knowing all she accomplished and all of the people and hearts she touched.
    Mary and Bob ShermanFeb 28 2018 10:11 pm
    Dear Ida, Janis, Joseph, and all your family, Mary certainly was a precious person! When we were children, I cherished the times our families would get together. We loved how sweet and kind you all were: Aunt Marie, Uncle John, Cousin Mary, and Cousin Ida. As I had two brothers, I looked up to Mary as a big sister. At times, Mary could swing to my side and whisper the perfect enlightening advice about a puzzling situation. Thus I came to view her as having amazing insight and kindness. And through her life, Mary has shown these shining qualities of insight, wisdom, nurturing, and grace, in her exceptional professional achievements, her valuable community service, and her loving personal and family relationships. Through the years, we have continued to enjoy heartwarming times when our Cousins Mary and Ida came to visit us. We admire and appreciate Mary's graciously open communication with all of us during her bright and valiant fight for life. Her inspiration and positive spirit will live on in all of us. We send our sincere condolences and warmest wishes to you all.
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