Sherrill Ann Perry (previously known as Sharon Kaiser) was born on February 20, 1940, to Louis Anton Mangold III and Selma Richards in Los Angeles, CA. Being a precocious youngster, Sherrill always had questions. Her parents divorced while she was young, but her mother remarried Harry H Bunton. Sherrill had a baby boy, David, which her mother and step-father, Harry, adopted.
Sherrill was an active young person and became a burlesque dancer in San Francisco. It was there that she met her first husband, John Kaiser, with whom she had three children: Karrie (Michael) Tolin; John P Kaiser, Jr; and David (Susi) Kaiser. Sherrill has always been active in the religious community. She helped start a charismatic center in Seattle. Toward the end of her marriage to John, Sherrill pursued a college education. It was in school, after her divorce, where she met her current husband, Thomas Perry, in 1983 and married him in 1985. After that the couple did a short tour in the Air Force until 1989. Meanwhile, Sherrill continued her education.
As a vocation Sherrill’s passion was to be a religious educator. She did so in several Catholic parishes in Washington, Oregon, California, and Virginia. She tempered her studies with mystical spirituality and Native American studies under a Pacific Northwest shaman (medicine man). She was bestowed a Native American name, Butterfly Woman of the Six Colors, by the same shaman upon completion of a vision quest. She comp;eted her formal education earning both Associates and Bachelors degrees in Theology. Sherrill attended the College of Great Falls, Montana; Seattle University, Washington; St Leo College, Florida; and Shalom Prayer Center at Mt Angel, Oregon. She has held positions as Director of Religious Education, High School Religious Educator, Adult Religious Educator, Pastoral Associate, Adult Children of Alcoholics Facilitator, Teacher Trainer, Jail Chaplain, and Spiritual Director. Sherrill started New Connections in Tacoma, a service and resource center for ex-offenders as well as becoming a jail chaplain.
Sherrill passed away on September 12, 2013, at St Joseph Hospital, Tacoma, after a good, but sometimes challenging life. She was surrounded by family and caring loved ones and is survived in death by her husband, Thomas, and her three children Karrie, John, and David. She is also survived by her grandchildren Jeremiah (Tanya) Ransier, Serena (Larry) Sund, Blace (Trevin) Woods, Breezy (Charlie Lane) Tolin, Travis Tolin, Angeliqua Rahhali, Derrick Bunton, Daniel Bunton, Michelle Bunton, Diana Bunton, and 13 great-grandchildren. Sherrill is preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Selma, her first husband John, and her first child David.
Services will commence on Thursday, September 19, starting with a viewing at 11:15 a.m. at St. Leo Church, 710 South 13th Street, Tacoma. A funeral mass will follow at 12:10 p.m. with reception until approximately 2 to 2:30 pm when services will proceed graveside. New Tacoma Cemeteries is located at 9212 Chambers Creek Road West, University Place, Washington. A wake will follow graveside services.