Planning an Online Memorial for a Wonderful Blogger and Friend
posted by Kalyn Denny on July 21, 2008
There are bloggers who share lots of personal details of their lives, but I’m not one of them. I try very hard to keep my blog focused on the recipes, with a tiny glimpse of my life once in a while. Today I’ve literally been sitting in front of the computer for at an hour, trying to start the hardest post I’ve had to write since I started blogging. By now, many of you have heard that the lovely and wonderful Sher from What Did You Eat died from a heart attack on Sunday morning. My heart is simply aching at this news.
I had been trying to meet Sher in person for two summers now. Last year she had planned to drive down to San Francisco when I was there, but her personal life got turned upside down, and she just didn’t feel up to it. We made plans to meet again this past weekend when I was in San Francisco for the BlogHer conference. Sher was going to come to town on Saturday, share my room that night, and spend the next day with me and Christine from Christine Cooks. About a week ago Sher let me know she was having health problems and might not make it, and on Friday she confirmed that she wouldn’t be coming. It was that phone conversation which left my number on her phone, which led to her husband calling on Sunday morning to tell me that she had died.
Anyone reading this who has experienced the deep connections you can make online with people you’ve never met will understand why so many bloggers are feeling a huge loss today with this tragic news about Sher. Her best online friend, Glenna, has written a moving tribute to Sher at A Fridge Full of Food. As the news spreads, I have heard from more and more people who are deeply saddened and wondering how to honor her memory.
I first became acquainted with Sher through Weekend Herb Blogging, and as the night went on last evening, I kept thinking it would simply not feel right to go ahead with that event as usual this week. As a tribute to Sher, I have decided to suspend Weekend Herb Blogging for the week of July 21 – July 27.
Then I heard from Mary that Bread Baking Babes will be making one of Sher’s recipes and posting it on Sunday, July 27, and would be honored to have other people join in the tributes to Sher. I promised I would help get news of the plans to people who knew Sher through Weekend Herb blogging. If you are one of Sher’s fans and want to participate, Glenna also suggested that posting one of the recipes from her blog or writing about her on that day would be a wonderful way to honor her memory. Please feel free to participate in this in any way that feels right to you. (Edit: I’ve just learned that Glenna has offered to link the tribute posts to her tribute to Sher in order that Sher’s family and friends can find them. Bloggers who would like their tribute linked can send it to marie9949 (at) sbcglobal (dot) net.)
(Edit) Below is the obituary and information about the memorial service I received from Sher’s husband Bob.)
December 2, 1948 to July 20, 2008
Sherry was born in Pascagoula, Mississippi, grew up in Illinois, and made Davis, California her home for the past 28 years. She died of a sudden heart attack on July 20, 2008.
Sherry graduated with High Honors from UC Davis in 1985, and from UCD’s School of Law in 1988. After a brief career as an Attorney, Sherry found her true calling as a licensed wildlife rehabilitator and blogger. Her blog “What Did You Eat?” is a popular site with wonderful recipes and photographs of food she has creatively prepared. The weekend postings are updates on the life of her cats and rescued wildlife.
Sherry was cherished and loved by her family and many friends. She will be greatly missed.
Sherry is survived by her husband of 37 years, Bob Cermak; brother Frank Cunningham III, and several loving cousins, aunts and uncles, and her mother-in-law Margaret (Bunty) Cermak.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 26 at 10 a.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis, 27074 Patwin Rd., with a reception to follow at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Sherry’s name to the Wildlife Care Association. Those who wish to sign a guestbook online may do so at Wiscombe Funeral.
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