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Sherley Bachtold

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Sherley Vertrees Bachtold


Sherley Vertrees Bachtold, age 88, passed away July 26, 2014 at the Joyce Goldenberg Hospice Residence in Pensacola. Sherley was born March 12, 1926 in Elizabethtown, KY to William S. and Georgia McMurtry Vertrees. She was a graduate of Campbellsville College with a major in piano. In 1946 she married N.T. (Tommy) Hunt and she began a career as a legal secretary. She later taught high school for a number of years.

As a youth, in addition to being a talented musician, Sherley was an excellent athlete, excelling in tennis and swimming. In her 30s she took up the sport of bowling and won many local, regional and state trophies in Kentucky and later in California.

In 1957, she and her daughter Rosilan moved to Biloxi, MS, where Sherley was employed in Civil Service at Keesler AFB. After Rosilan married in 1965, Sherley followed her dream and accepted a position working in the offices of the Defense Attaches in the US embassies in Helsinki, Finland and Beirut, Lebanon. In 1972 she married Harry Bachtold and the couple made their home in California, first in Fresno then in South Lake Tahoe.

In 1999, Sherley moved to Pensacola to be close to her family. In Pensacola she enjoyed bowling, being a member of the PJC Seniors Club and a member of Olive Baptist Church. At the time of her death, she was a resident of Wesley Haven Villa assisted living facility.

Sherley is preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Joanne Powell.

She is survived by her daughter, Rosilan Leahy Duckworth; her grandchildren, John Rabon (Lynda), Faith Rabon Gilliland (Robert) and her great-grandchildren, Jacob and Will Rabon and Zachary and Katie Gilliland and several nieces and cousins in Kentucky. She is also survived by Ros's stepdaughter who she considered one of her own, Kelly Leahy Dempsey (Bill) and their children Timothy and Thomas.

The family will hold a private inurnment and memorial.

Memorial contributions may be made to Covenant Hospice, 5041 North 12th Ave., Pensacola, FL 32504 or Manna Food Pantries, 116 E. Gonzalez St., Pensacola, FL 32501.

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Published in Pensacola News Journal from Aug. 3 to Aug. 4, 2014
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