Sheri Lea Petersen
1959 - 2020
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Sheri Lea Petersen

Gilbert, AZ - Sheri Lea Petersen, age 61, of Gilbert, Arizona, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Sunday, December 6, 2020, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona.

Sheri was born in Reno, Nevada on August 8, 1959, to parents Lestal and Shirley McClure. She was a 1978 graduate of Wooster High School in Reno. Sheri met her husband Bill in Reno and they were married on May 28, 1983. They lived in Idaho Falls, Idaho for several years before moving to Arizona in 1987.

She is survived by her husband Bill, children Cody (Angela) and Tawnya Toft (Steven), five grandchildren (Cole, Avery, Braxton, Brantley, and Brynlee), mother Shirley, sisters Shaun Hasty (Carl) and Sonya Campbell (Ryan), brother Ken, sister-in-law Jeanne (Larry), and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her father Lestal, sister Debbie, mother-in-law Marcella, father-in-law Chester, and brother-in-law Bob.

Sheri's family was the most important part of her life. She was proud of the many accomplishments of her children and grandchildren. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Sheri brightened up any room she entered and never knew a stranger. She had a deep interest in getting to know others and would be found paces behind during outings, talking to any clerk or passerby. She and her family enjoyed long weekends at their vacation home in Pinetop. She found a new home there and gladly became a part of the local community.

In her early teens, Sheri was an All-Star pitcher for Miss Softball America. She enjoyed refinishing antique furniture and caring for her collection of potted plants. Sheri and Bill could often be found at their property in Idaho, riding a tandem bike, or chasing their grandkids.

Whether you sent a card or flowers, sat quietly to think about Sheri, or simply spoke kind words, the family would like to thank you for your part.

Her memorial burial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 8 at the Gilbert Memorial Park, 2100 East Queen Creek Road, Gilbert, Arizona.

The family has designated the Barrow Neurological Foundation for those wishing to donate in Sheri's name. All funds will be used to support the Neuro-Rehabilitation program. Contributions may be made at or 124 West Thomas Road, Suite 260 Phoenix, AZ 89013.

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Published in the Reno Journal-Gazette and Mason Valley News from Jan. 3 to Jan. 6, 2021.
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January 7, 2021
Oh, the Miss Softball America times...wonderful memories of the entire McClure family. Shaun, Sonya, Ken, Mrs McClure and Sheri's family - my sincerest condolences.
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