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Sherra Nell Cox Born December 25, 1933 in Picayune, MS. Passed away in San Francisco, June 5, 2009. She was deeply loved by her close friends and family. We will all miss her graciousness, generosity and humor. Sherra was born in Picaynue, MS. She attended finishing school followed by earning a degree at Louisiana State University. (LSU) She was an accomplished synchronized swimmer, pianist and lover of music. She arrived in San Francisco, where she instantly fell in love with "the City" and considered herself a San Franciscan. She used her exceptional piano skills in order to play piano rehearsals for the opera and symphony in San Francisco. She loved her life of opera, music and friends. Sherra was very involved in the social functions of the Marina District. All of this changed on October 17, 1989 when the Loma Prieta Earthquake brought down her apartment building, trapping Sherra inside. She was rescued by the firemen of San Francisco. She and "her fireman" Gerry Shannon became instant celebrities, with numerous media interviews, followed by a movie. This took place, as Sherra worked continuously to recover from her grave injuries due to the quake. In the almost 20 years after the earthquake, she and Gerry remained the closest of friends and confidants. One of Sherra's fondest memories was when the SF Chronicle provided them with a "night at the opera." Sherra kept her positive attitude throughout her numerous visits to the hospital to continue to recover her health. Her positive attitude, love of life, music, and friends makes her the most special of women. Her courage, strength and social grace encompassed her unique persona. She will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege to know her. A private service will be held to celebrate her life. Donations in memory of Sherra Cox may be sent to San Francisco Hospice or the Diabetes Foundation.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on June 15, 2009
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