Sherry Inskeep

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Sherry Eileen Inskeep, 63, of Anchorage died March 3, 2010, with her family by her side after a courageous battle with lymphoma.

There will be no viewing; a private service has been arranged at the family's request.

Sherry was born to the late Donald and Audrey Masters on March 6, 1946, in San Francisco, Calif. She graduated from San Mateo High School in 1964 and married Charles Allen in 1965. Soon after their marriage and the birth of their son, they moved from California to Salem, Ore., where their two daughters were born.

Sherry enjoyed a vast number of careers, including years of dedicated service with the Oregon Employment Division, ending up at her favorite place of all, ACS of Anchorage.

Sherry always said that she truly enjoyed going to work every day, and being forced into early retirement due to her illness was difficult for her.

Sherry lived in Alaska for more than 25 years and it was her home.

She met her soul mate and true companion, Tom Hopkins, and for 20 years they shared their lives. She had never been more happy or satisfied in life and together they enjoyed, among many things, the weekend getaways to their cabin at Big Lake or a trip to Las Vegas to catch some sunshine, visit friends and watch NASCAR.

In the years she lived in Alaska, Sherry also never missed a single year making the journey to visit her son and his family in Oregon and, later, California.

Sherry is survived by Tom Hopkins; and her sisters, Patricia Brake of West Virginia, Pamela Masters of Burbank, Calif., and Beverly Schmidt of Rocklin, Calif.

Sherry also is survived by her three children, Brian Allen of Salem, Ore., Michelle Allen of Gig Harbor, Wash., and Kirsten Allen of Anchorage.

In addition, Sherry is survived by 11 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; a large extended family; and countless friends across the country.

She will be deeply missed by many and her spirit and passion for life will live on in all who knew her loving soul.

Published in Anchorage Daily News from Mar. 7 to Mar. 8, 2010