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Katie Sherman

April 30, 2022

Katie Sherman of Bonners Ferry died on April 18, 2022, at Mountain Valley of Cascadia Nursing Home in Kellogg, where she had been lovingly cared for by nurses, doctors and professional caregivers. She loved the people there and her beautiful view of the mountains. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 14, at Bonners Ferry Funeral Home, 6485 Harrison Street.

Prior to September of 2020 she had been a residence at Hearthstone Village in Sandpoint since April of 2019. She was very happy there as well but her care needs had progressed to a higher level. Katie had lived independently until the age of 93.

Katie was born on September 21, 1925, in Willow, Oklahoma. She grew up on ranches in Texas and New Mexico where she went through a fire that destroyed one ranch and another destroyed by flood. For her lifetime she was afraid of water but still ventured out on boat rides and even once rode the rapids with family at Glacier Park.

She married her high school sweetheart after he returned from World War II. He always had the Bible with him which she had given him before leaving for war, and she had every love letter wrapped in a big bow until her passing. Her husband Oscar was an officer in the Air Force, and obtained his college degree in business from Eastern New Mexico University. He did not want to stay in the military because he didn’t want to move too often. This turned out to be the joke of the family, since they moved 18 times during their 59 years of marriage, including several large cities such as Denver, Colorado Springs, Phoenix, Tucson and Albuquerque.

Katie was a stay-at-home mom until her son and daughter graduated from high school and went to college. She sold make-up from home before social media existed and was the number one distributor for her region in Colorado for two years. She became a very talented artist by watching Bob Ross’s TV show, "The Joy of Painting." She continued art until her eyes would not focus well in her 90s.

Her husband retired from his business early so she could have her dream of owning a floral shop. They both attended Cliff Mann Floral School in Denver, where they graduated as the number one team. From there they opened floral shops in Tularosa, Ruidoso, and finally Roswell, all in New Mexico. They retired from Roswell and moved to Bonners Ferry in 1998 to be closer to family.
Their son and daughter in law lived on 80 acres near Canada and Katie and Oscar loved the mountains. Eventually their daughter Trish Mayo, retired from AT&T, and their son-in-law Foster, retired from the Salt Lake City Police Department, moved to Bonners as well in 2002.

Katie loved her family, was active in church all her life, loved flowers, traveling, especially to the mountains, art and southern cooking. She always had a smile for everyone and possessed a great sense of humor until her death. She was a tenacious southern belle who never lost her accent!

Katie’s laughter and love will be missed every day by her family who considered her an amazing precious lady.

She is survived by her daughter Trish Mayo of Bonners Ferry, son Bill Sherman and daughter in law Jean of Independence, Missouri, granddaughter Syrece and husband Bryan Hall of Kansas City, Missouri, great grandson, Brandyss Hall of Missouri, grandson Kevin Mayo and wife LJ of San Antonio, Texas, great granddaughters Chelsea Jo of San Antonio and Brittany Elyse of Palermo, Italy. She also left behind one niece, three nephews, loving younger friends, as she outlived almost all friends near her age, and her church family.

What a great life she lived!! Katie would say enjoy every day to the fullest and thank God for your blessings. We as a very small family were truly blessed to share her joy for almost a century!

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Mike Weland, Publisher

6931 Main St.
P.O. Box 1625
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805
(208) 295-1016

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