Sherrie (nee Magers) Hendricks died on June 9, 2022, in Friday Harbor in the care of the loving nurses of Peace Island Medical Center. She and Lenny moved to San Juan Island in April of 2020 where she lived in a doll house cottage at the end of the road. She spent her final days watching birds and planting flowers. She was exactly where she belonged and everything was as it should be. She was a proud graduate of North Central Class of 1964, an Indian Red Feather Girl, and member of the choir.
After retiring from Cascade Middle School in Vancouver, Washington, where she meticulously supported her principals and loved on the kids who worked in the office, she faced Multiple Myeloma, underwent chemotherapy, and defied many odds against her. No baby in her circle was born without a crochet project: hats, blankets, toys. She was a baby whisperer who loved celebrating new life with everyone and anyone she knew.
Sherrie was a blessing to anyone who knew her. Often she would share her early life in Twisp, Washington, where her family homesteaded up to Buttermilk and War Creek. She shared stories of her family hunting with the tribal families from Omak and working alongside them in their teepee hunting camps with her father Clarence Magers on War Creek. Or the countless days with her grandparents Ray and Nellie Libby who farmed both sides of the Twisp River Road and gardening with her mom, Clemency Wilson Manderschied, all of whom taught her all she knew about living off the grid. She was quite a woman.
Sherrie is survived by her husband, Lenny Hendricks, her daughter and son-in-law, Cindy Wavra Benito and Stephen Benito of San Juan Island, and her beloved son Matt Wavra of Sammamish, his wife Charlana Wavra, and their children, Brya Vowels of Seattle, Anna Vowels of Bellingham and Jake Wavra, graduate of East Lake High School and soon to be a freshman at Central Washington University in Ellensburg.
Sherrie Hendricks will be remembered on Saturday, June 25, at Unity Spiritual Center on 29th and Bernard in Spokane, Washington, at 11 am. All are welcome. “The light of God surrounds us, the love of God enfolds us, the power of God protects us, the presence of God watches over us. Wherever we are God is. All is well.”