Sherrilee Austin touched the lives of many people in many places. She was born Sherrilee Kingery on December 3, 1947, in South Bend, Indiana, before moving to Tampa, Florida, where she spent her youth and graduated from Robinson High School. While working at a local radio station, she met Jack Phipps whom she married in 1971. After several moves with the Navy, they settled down in San Diego where they had their son, Richard. They divorced in 1978, but she continued to be a loving and supportive mother for her son. In 1998, she moved to Citrus County, Florida, to take care of her ailing mother and stayed to be near her younger brother, niece and newfound friends. She would later fight her own battle with cancer. She passed away on May 15, 2011, in Hernando, FL.
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Sherri always strove for knowledge and understanding and looked for ways to improve the world. After working in San Diego as a medical assistant at Scripps Medical Center, she attended the National University Law School and subsequently passed the California Bar. She put her legal knowledge to use, aiding friends where she could. While in Florida, she volunteered for Hospice, Save Our Waters and the
. She would later work as the administrator at Art Center of Citrus County, where she was loved for her kindness and willingness to help others.
She is survived by her son, Richard Phipps; brother, Steve Kingery; niece, Amy Kingery; and a wonderful group of dedicated and loving friends. She is predeceased by her parents, Aloma Wershing and Hubert "Bud" Kingery.
There will be a celebration of her life at a future time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the
. She will be missed by all that were fortunate enough to know her!
Published in Citrus County Chronicle from May 27 to May 31, 2011