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Sherry Leigh Hines-Weisman

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Sherry Leigh Hines-Weisman died unexpectedly this week at the age of 67. She was an accomplished artist and community servant. Sherry was born in Waseca, Minn., Oct. 22, 1940, the first daughter of Sherwood and Virginia Sather. She attended Reed College in Portland, Ore., where she majored in English.
After college, Hines married photographer Jay Hines. Their daughter, Caitlin Belinda, was born Jan. 23, 1962, and died tragically Nov. 28, 2001, from complications of a stroke.
Hines and her family lived in The Netherlands for a time in the late 1960s before moving to northern California. Hines received training in culinary arts and was employed part-time as a gourmet chef. She also worked as a fashion model and became an award-winning craftsperson, designing fine arts miniatures. She worked for many years with others designing and selling her art through Ms. McPhyzz in Albany, Calif.
For many years, Hines volunteered for the Oakland Museum, where she curated several textile collections. To enhance an exhibition of native Eskimo clothing, she created a durable seal skin garment that children could try on.
Hines met Alan Weisman, her second husband, in the 1970s and remained active in many community and civic affairs. For example, she participated in a community beautification project, planting heirloom roses and other flowers in their Richmond, Calif., neighborhood. After Hines and Weisman retired to Tularosa, she remained actively involved in community life. An avid reader and book lover, Hines served the community, joining Friends of the Tularosa Library. She was also a member of the local historical society and the Native Plant Society of New Mexico-Otero Chapter. For the 2004 statewide Plant Society meeting, Hines raised more donations for the silent auction than in any year before or since.
Hines continued practicing her culinary arts by making some of the best peach preserves west of Georgia. On any given weekend, Hines could be found visiting friends and neighbors at yard sales, looking for collectible craftwork and became a discerning collector of Native American fine arts baskets that adorned her home. After months of supporting her husband Alan Weisman through a terminal battle with cancer, Hines died in her sleep March 7, 2008.
Hines is survived by her brother, Scott Anderson, of Maple Grove, Minn., her mother, Virginia Rotegard, of Huntington Beach, Calif., and twin sisters Lindy Cortaway and Laurie Williams, of Salem, Ore. Hines' ashes will rest near those of her daughter, Caitlin, and husband, Alan.
Cremation has taken place at PCS, entrusted to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home.

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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Mar. 21 to Apr. 4, 2008
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