Sheryl Rayann McPHERSON
1956 - 2020
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McPHERSON, Sheryl Rayann

Sheryl Rayann McPherson of Spokane, and formerly of Pullman, died Thursday, July 23, 2020 at Deaconess Medical Center in Spokane. She was 63. Sheryl was born September 9, 1956 at Topeka, Kansas to Raymond R. and Karen Burwell McPherson. The family moved to Walla Walla when she was three years old. They later moved to Pullman where Sheryl attended school, graduating from Pullman High School in 1976. After high school, she moved to Seattle to attend a travel school, graduating there a year later. Throughout her school years, she was an accomplished horse woman, showing her horse and winning many trophies in the Northwest. Sheryl worked as a photo finisher in photo labs most of her working career in Spokane. She enjoyed horses and showing them, fishing, hunting and dirt bike riding. Multiple Sclerosis finally got the better of her, starting in 1999, having to move to a power wheelchair in 2005 and fought hard for over 15 years.

Sheryl is survived by her partner of 40 years, Walter R. "Skip" Earlscourt, at their home in Spokane; her brother, Raymond D. (Chandra) McPherson also in Spokane; her mother and step-father, Karen and Howard Tole in Albuquerque, NM; and her step-mother, Sally McPherson in Potlatch, ID. She also leaves extended family back in Kansas. She was preceded in death by her father in 1996.

She will be loved and extremely missed by everyone. We love you Sheryl !!!!

There will be a viewing on Monday, July 27th at Short's Funeral Chapel, Moscow, from Noon until 6:00 P.M. A graveside service will be at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, July 28th at the Rock Creek Cemetery near Potlatch. The family suggests that memorials be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society or to Positive Outreach Animal Rescue. Arrangements have been entrusted to Short's Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to

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Published in Spokesman-Review on Jul. 26, 2020.
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July 27, 2020
Sheryl was one of the sweetest most loving people I have ever had the pleasure to know. Heaven just gained a precious Angel.
Terry Clark
July 27, 2020
I'm missing my wonderful niece already! I'm her aunt but she was two years older that me, she always told people that I was her cousin. I moved to Palouse Washington to live with my sister, Sheryl's mom. I was starting high school that year so I went to live with my sister and go to school with Sheryl that year, she was a junior which made it easy for me to get the hang of things, we had a blast that year and got to be very close friends! I'm so glad I was able to go that year and be in the wonderful company of my precious friend and niece, the was one very funny instance that I can clearly remember, Cheryl live with her dad in a mobile home in the country across the street from Merry Mount Stables where my sister trained horses for years, well this day my sister wasn't working, she was running errands or something and it was kind of boring and Sheryl had a dirt bike and we decided to go for a ride perfect time for Golden Delicious apples in that area, so we went up the hill on her dirt bike and sought an orchard of apples and decided to stop and pick some and sit in the shade I need some it was something that I had never done before it was really neat but Sheryl heard another dirt bike riding around and we both got startled so she said to me to get on the back and hurry up and we flew down that hill there was a stop sign at the bottom of the hill so my wonderful niece decided to grab the front brakes really hard what is made us go up in the air back end first, my niece hit the ground first and I would still going up in the air and I landed way further than her, she still was so afraid of the other dirt bike rider that she told me to get on the back and hurry up we had to get back to the stables cause where we're going to be in trouble! I said how are you going to ride that bike your thumb is hanging down doesn't look like you can use it she said to me just get on the back and a hurry up! By that time I couldn't see anything I was in shock from what just happened we arrived at the stables and my sister's good friend I believe her name was Elsie? She took us to the hospital emergency room. We went in and they separated my niece and I and they will waiting for my sister to arrive in the meantime they asked my niece what relation I was to her and she told them that I was her cousin in which they believe her, then they came to me and asked me what the relationship was her to me and I told them she was my niece and they said that's alright honey you must have received a bump on your head you'll be all right it's just a little concussion, so then here comes my sister and they asked her the same thing what is your relationship to these two girls and she said well Sheryl is my daughter and Connie is my sister it was so funny because we all had different last names! they were so confused at the hospital when we left it was funny I will never forget it that was one of the funniest times I've ever had even though my niece was hurt and I was hurt it was funny!! I will miss you Sheryl, love you always and forever your aunt Connie!
Connie S Gille
July 26, 2020
Sheryl hsas always been considered a sister to myself and one of my younger sister's Starlund. She and Star were quite the horse women as Skip presents in the obituary. Both so loved horses and showing them. For me, Connie, Sheryl is the light in my brother, Skip's, eyes. He so adored her which I believe is deeper than love. It's love at a higher level.
They were so good for each other. Each had a calming effect on the other. Each helped and assisted each other in many ways over the years.
Sheryl and Skip have always treated Dale and myself as very important and well loved people.
We will miss her funny stories of what happens on a daily basis at the Skip and Sheryl home.
Love you so much,
Connie & Dale

Connie Heldt
July 26, 2020
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July 26, 2020
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Branson Earlscourt
July 26, 2020
We love you and will miss you always.
Duke & Mary Earlscourt
July 26, 2020
Sheryl and I have been friends for 20+ years. We worked at Dorian studios together and she lives right down the street. She actually told me about the job I got at Dorians. We both enjoyed it but in the end we both were treated badly. But the experience brought us together. Sheryl always knew I was right here if she needed me to help or just talk. She loved watching the hummingbirds and the lights on our house at Christmas. Sometimes I think I decorated with her in mind. She had it so hard the last few years but she rarely complained. She would be frustrated though by what she could no longer do and wished she had more help. I would tell her to take a moment each day and try to see the beauty God has given. I think she tried to do that. My heart is broken knowing she is no longer right down the street and I didnt get to talk to her one last time as my life has had its own challenges. Sending prayers to Karen, Skip and her family. Godspeed Sheryl! I know you are hangin’ with Harvey, fishing and doing whatever you now want. You are whole!
Gail Long
July 26, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
David and Cindy Harris
July 26, 2020
McPherson family,
So very sorry for your loss.
Sheryl and myself had alot of phone conversations last couple of years, I was always so happy to hear from her. She called alot after my mom passed, and poor Sheryl would always start crying felt so bad for her.
She was a very sweet girl.
She enjoyed what she could in life. She struggled thru alot to try to enjoy things.
She loved all of her
family, her animals and that house and land.

I will so miss her my sweet cousin.

Deborah Trekell
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