Mary Nicholson Sheriff

Mary Nicholson Sheriff
September 3, 1932 – July 12, 2013
Sheriff PictureMary Nicholson Sheriff, beloved Wife, Mother, Mummo, Aunt and Friend went to heaven on July 12, 2013.  Mary was born September 3, 1932 at Swedish Hospital in Seattle, the youngest child of Dr. Elmer and Ruth Nicholson.  She attended Garfield High School, class of ’49.  Mary went on to attend the University of Washington (class of ’54) where she graduated as a Registered Nurse.

Mary married Lawrence Daniel Sheriff, her high school sweetheart, in 1953 and they celebrated 60 years of marriage in June of this year.  Mary and Larry have 3 daughters – Cindy (Karl Hutter), Celia (Larry Bradley) and Kelcie (Janet Mayr) and 5 grandchildren – Gabrielle Hui-Hutter (Gabriel Hui-Hutter), Seppi Hutter, Ty Bradley, Torrie Bradley and Sara Mayr-Sheriff.

During the first two years of their marriage, Mary practiced as a nurse in Black Hills Hospital, Rapid City, South Dakota where Larry was stationed in the Air Force.  After returning to Seattle, she went on to work for more than 8 years at the University of Washington in the Division of Medical Genetics.

Mary had a tremendous Christian faith and spent a great part of her life serving others through ministries such as Campus Crusade for Christ, Philippian Ministries, Elijah House and through foreign missions.  She also played a significant role in other people’s lives through a ministry of Christian prayer counseling.

Mary enjoyed playing bridge with her bridge club for over 40 years, numerous friendships, travel and reading.  However, the greatest joy in her life came from her deep faith in Jesus and activities and closeness with her family members.

Mary suffered from Alzheimer’s for 13 years and passed away peacefully under the care of her family who adored her, Grace Alzheimer’s Adult Family Home and Evergreen Hospice.  A family memorial service was held on July 14th.

8 Responses to “Mary Nicholson Sheriff”

  • Jo Cudney says:

    Larry,
    I loved reading about your dear Mary. I wish I could have known her earlier. We are praying for you as you adjust to life without her. Looking forward to seeing you at EBF soon.
    Jo Cudney

  • Heidi Jo Kamm says:

    Larry and Family, Mary will be fondly remembered by the Kamms. I hope Mom and she are enjoying the ultimate Bridge tournament in Heaven! Our thoughts are with you and your loved ones…God Bless.

  • Dick Del Missier says:

    Larry and Family,
    I just became aware of Mary’s passing when I read the obituary Sun. You had a long and full life together even tho the last few years have been difficult. Connie and I will remember you and the family in our prayers. I know that I speak for all of the Rompers in hoping that you can rejoin us sometime in the future.
    Dick

  • karen satterberg says:

    Dear Sheriff family
    I saw the notice in the paper. My first thought was how my mother was right there to greet her as she entered heaven!! I loved the story she told 9 yrs ago at my mothers memorial about being roommate’s in college. I also cherish the times we spent at your house on the lake as small children. I have been blessed to purchase their home, so I see the beautiful hand made lights you made with their names on it. Blessing to you all. Rejoice in knowing she is with the Lord of her passion

  • Sharon Steele says:

    Larry,
    I am so very sorry to learn of Mary’s passing – even though many years have gone by, you and Mary have always held a special place in my heart. Your loss is enormous but I am certain the love your family shares and your faith in God give you great comfort. Please know you and our family are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Sharon

  • Cyndi Birchard Kulik says:

    Dear Sheriff Family, I read about your Mother’s passing in the paper. I remember loving,caring & silly times with her. God Bless,Cyndi

  • Ed Schaplow says:

    dear Larry and the sheriff family, over a year after Mary’s passing I learned Of her death. Mary always had a smile and was always willing to offer a suggestion for good health.She was an influence to me for the way I raised my children. Larry I don’t know if you will read this or not but it was my pleasure to be known as your family mechanic and friend for almost 20 years.
    Ed Schaplow 206-755-9611

  • Jeanne Oak says:

    Dear Family of Mary. She (on this earth) had an amazing influence on my walk with the Lord. I could weep with her and she knew how to bring it into the very presence of Jesus. She prayed for me, listened to me, walked with me and was God’s very real love to me. I will never forget this amazing woman and how she tenderly helped me get through some really tough inner pain and confusion. I am so happy she is with the Lord. But for so many who she touched, she is so NOT gone. Her address may have changed, but she is still very much alive in the memory of so many of us she ministered to. God bless every one of her family and friends. Love, Jeanne Oak

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