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A loving wife, mother, grandmother who will be missed Edna Mae “Sherry” Dobbs, 89, of Columbia, Mo., passed away on June 12, 2009 at Boone Hospital Center.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 15, at First Christian Church in Columbia. Burial followed at 2 p.m. at Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville, Mo. Visitation was from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, June 14, at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia.
Sherry was born on Nov. 1, 1919. in Cresson, Pa., to John and Nora Montgomery Sherwood and they preceded her in death. She was married on July 14, 1946 in Cresson to Ralph C. Dobbs and he survives.
For the past 44 years Sherry was a devoted member of First Christian Church where she served as a Sunday school teacher and member of the Brummett-Harrah Circle of the Christian Women’s Fellowship. She also served as president of the American Business Women’s Association. She was a 1937 graduate of Cresson High School and a 1939 graduate of Johnstown Business School in Pennsylvania. She worked as a secretary for the Department of Defense during World War II and later for the University of Missouri. She also worked as an instructor of Business Adult Education classes and retired in 1988 from her secretarial position with the USDA Federal Crop Insurance Program.
She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother who will be dearly missed by many. She was an outstanding role model to her family and friends, who admired her wise and gentle way, her kind and loving spirit and her light-hearted and playful wit.
Sherry is also survived by her husband, Dr. Ralph C. Dobbs, professor emeritus of the University of Missouri; five daughters: Marilyn Schappert of Columbia; Jeanie Dobbs of Daly City, Calif.; Sherry Kaye Dobbs of Columbia; Dr. Sue Dobbs of Kansas City; Carol Kvanvig and husband, Dr. Jonathan Kvanvig of Waco, Texas; brother, Harry Sherwood, of Tallmadge, Ohio; grandchildren: CDR David Schappert and wife, Meghan of Fairfax, Va.; Phil Schappert and wife, Kathy (Toler) of Atlanta, Ga.; Jared Kvanvig and wife, Savannah (Clemons) of Columbia; Brittany Kvanvig of Waco, Texas; four great-grandsons and one great-granddaughter.
She was also preceded in death by five sisters and six brothers.
Memorial contributions can be made to American Heart Association, P.O. Box 30638, Columbia, Mo. 65205 or Arthritis Foundation, 8390 Delmar, St. Louis, Mo. 63124.
Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeand cemetery.com