OBITUARY

Sherry Lou Coombes

July 7, 1943March 21, 2021

The Devine Spark that became Sherry Lou Gaddy arrived in San Pedro, CA on July 7, 1943. As Sherry Gaddy Coombes, the Spark returned whence it came, on March 21, 2021 from Austin, TX. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The University of Texas, Austin while raising her two children, James and Chimene, and giving moral support to her husband Jimmie Coombes, a pilot in the Viet Nam Conflict.

Sherry had a passion for all things living. She combined her green thumb with her ability to bring people together and helped create a neighborhood garden club that is still thriving after 20 years. She also gave her voice and energy to the fight to abolish the death penalty in the state of Texas, and was passionate about the care and rights of all animals.

Sherry was able to see a great deal of the world as a military wife, and continued her love of travel even after retirement and while battling cancer. She was a fierce cancer warrior and an inspiration to everyone whose life she touched. Sherry is survived by her husband Jim, her two children James and Chimene, their spouses Sheila and Lucho, her grandchildren Nicholas, Connor, Celina, Cameron, Deuce and a loving extended family.

The service to celebrate Sherry’s life will be held at First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin, date and time to be determined. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Sherry’s name to NOCC (ovarian.org) or Tiger Haven Sanctuary (tigerhaven.org).

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Deb Saxton

March 29, 2021

Sherry was the kindest, most wonderful lady anyone could know. She always had a smile and friendly word for everyone. I watched her for nearly 30 years tending to her garden as we'd sometimes chat through my kitchen window. She was ever so gracious to my children, my grandchildren, and my extended family. I will always have great memories of the 'sisterhood of the traveling dress', of 'our special shared day', and the 'gathering of the goddesses'. Every memory of Sherry brings a bright smile to my face. That is the light she was. That is the light I will never forget. I love you luv, to the moon and back and then some. Always in my heart ❤!

Cookie Mejia

March 27, 2021

There are so many fond memories of Sherry, but the one that always brings a smile and a giggle to me is the early days of the Garden clubs Christmas light judging contest. Sherry, Denice, Ute, Shirley and myself all decked out in Santa hats left at 6pm, Sherry as Secretary sat in the passenger side of the van with a flashlight and the neighborhood directory matching names and addresses of possible contenders. Well we couldn't get a unanimous agreement so we kept driving by contenders homes until a policeman stopped us and wanted to know what we were doing flashing a flashlight at houses? We explained all, but after that we quickly referred to Sherry's notes, posted the signs and went home. What a hoot!!! We had so much fun that night. May all the happy memories of Sherry bring all of you comfort and peace. Love, Cookie Mejia

Wayburn Oates

March 27, 2021

Bless her sweet soul. She fought a good fight against a formidable enemy and a cruel illness. I lost my wife to ovarian cancer so I know a little bit about it. God bless all of you she left behind.

Liliana Lee Kiesselbach

March 26, 2021

Marilyn Soltau

March 26, 2021

Sherry was the very essence of what makes our neighborhood a special place to live. In 1997, she founded the Gracy Woods Garden Club. For many years, she served as the self-appointed “Sunshine Committee,” sending birthday cards to club members and bestowing them with garden angels when an immediate family member passed on. When Sherry became ill, the two of us started a meditation group focused on healing, which became a special bond between us. Sherry expressed gratitude for every small gesture of kindness and was more loved than anyone I know. I have never known anyone so strong and so brave in the face of such adversity. Always smiling. Sherry was a true role model for others to follow. She was a treasure. I will love her forever. Marilyn Soltau

Liliana Lee Kiesselbach

March 26, 2021

Sherry will forever be an in inspiration and example of poise, class, passion and grace. I was in awe of her courage and strength she showed during her battle with cancer. Her love for all that was dear to her was evident. My friendship with Chimene and James afforded me the pleasure of meeting their amazing mom, for this I will be always be grateful.

Damon Reeves

March 26, 2021

My Aunt Sherry was an incredible woman. Wherever she was, people wanted to be with her. She filled rooms with light, life and love. She always made me feel like I was the most important person in the world when we talked together. Her laughter and joy were infectious.
She was an incredible encouragement in difficult times and a genuinely loving presence. She will be truly missed. May she rest in peace and light.

Kristin Cuellar

March 26, 2021

Sherry has been a huge part of my life since I moved to Austin in 2007. We shared countless meals together and spent hours upon hours in conversation about every topic under the sun. She played a pivotal role in my wedding and everything leading up to it in November 2019, helping me pick a wedding dress and consulting about every last detail. It was our privilege to have Sherry and Jim do one of the readings during our wedding ceremony; this picture of her that day captures her beautiful spark and the love that emanated from her. She meant more to me than I can ever express in words. Fidel and I love her and will miss her dearly.

Casey Stevens

March 25, 2021

Aunt Sherry was one of most kindhearted people I knew. She was radiant, strong and beautiful. She always saw the positive in every situation, and she never gave up. I always admired her strength, determination and grace. Aunt Sherry, you will be missed.

Connor Coombes

March 25, 2021

I’m sure Nona was as much an icon to others as she was an inspiration to me (seriously have never known someone at her age with as much style and poise as she had). She had a tremendous impact on shaping my intellectual curiosity and desire to experience the wider world. I will always cherish the time we got to spend together and all of the memories that were made from them.

I love you and will miss you greatly, Nona.

FROM THE FAMILY