POWELL, Sharon "Sherry" "Nana Sherry" 68, of St Petersburg, passed away on March 30, 2013. She beat her battle with breast cancer twice but died of heart and lung defects. She was born in Oneonta, New York on Dec. 2, 1944. Sherry graduated from State University of New York and Hartford Airline Personnel School. She worked at Progress Energy for 32 years and retired 12/2011. She also worked for various law firms in FL and NY, Eastern Airline and Continental Trailway Bus Co. Sherry considered Christmas the best time of the year and enjoyed theater shows and music. She loved her friends, Tinkerbelle and traveling to such places as Disney, Las Vegas/Biloxi and the Smokey mountains. She was involved in Jr Achievement, March of Dimes, TB coastal cleanup and was past treasurer for American Business Women's Association. She is survived by her devoted friend of 32 years, Duane Christiansen; & surrogate family, Mike Christiansen (Pam) (Annabelle), Debby Buckley (Danny), Mary Echternacht (Richard), Linda Christiansen (Ben), Deain Miller (Bob) (Brennan, Mila, Kellan, Cooper), Dain Buckley; stepsister, Sylvia Brunswick (Bruce); nephew, Michael (Tara) (Kaitlyn, Courtney); her niece, Jennifer (Michael) (Brian); and other nieces and nephews. A Celebration of life will be held 2 pm on Friday, April 12 at Family Oasis Victory Center at 5000 42nd Ave N. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Breast Cancer.
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Apr. 7, 2013