Sherry was born to Dorothy and Robert O’Harra on Feb. 17, 1947, in Logansport, Ind. She grew up in Logansport until her junior year in high school at which time her family moved to Lafayette, Ind. After graduation from Lafayette Jefferson High School, she began her career as a chairside dental assistant for a children’s dental practice you can learn more at this page. During her early years in Lafayette, she met her future husband, Dan, and they were married on Aug. 20, 1966, at University Lutheran Chapel in West Lafayette on the campus of Purdue University. After his graduation, they moved to Lexington, Ky., where Sherry continued her career as a dental assistant in both private practice and at the University of Kentucky Dental School where she taught students how to use “four-handed dentistry.”
In 1974, they moved to Boulder, Colo., where she again continued her work in dentistry until their daughter, Deborah, was born on June 12, 1984. From that point on, she became a full-time mother and homemaker. Sherry was a member of the Boulder Orchid Club and enjoyed growing flowers and houseplants, gardening, cooking, camping and skiing. She also became interested in stained glass and designed and fabricated many stained glass works. Sherry was a Bronco fan and held season tickets for 13 years while living in Boulder. She also served on the school board at Mt. Zion Lutheran Church and School in Boulder.
In 1990, the family moved to Tucson, Ariz., where she was a troop leader for the Girl Scouts. She also served as room mom for Deborah’s class for several years at Fountain of Life Lutheran Church and School. Due to the intense heat of the Arizona desert, her gardening had to be put in hold.
In 1995, her family moved to Pagosa Springs where they still live. Sherry earned her certificate as a Colorado Master Gardener in 2000 and was happy to resume skiing and camping. She also served on the board of Parish Fellowship for many years at Our Savior Lutheran Church and School, where she taught HomeEc for a couple of years and once cooked 14 turkeys for the school’s Thanksgiving dinner. Her favorite vacation memory was a 2009 trip to Hawaii for 15 days, a gardener’s paradise. She loved her family and many friends and the times they had together.
Sherry is survived by her husband, Dan Meyer, of Pagosa Springs; her brother, Danny Shawn O’Harra (wife Peggy), of Greenville, S.C.; and daughter, Deborah Hainer (husband Tim), a 2002 Pagosa Springs High School graduate; and grandchildren Jacob, Lilah and Emma, all of Mayville,Wis.
A memorial service will be held sometime in the future when churches are allowed to re-open. She was loved and will be missed.