HELEN MCNEIL SHERMAN

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HELEN MCNEIL SHERMAN Helen McNeil Sherman passed away on March 8, 2017 at the age of 100. Helen was born in 1916 in Sitka, Alaska and lived there with her sisters and parents until they moved to Seattle, Washington. She attended Roosevelt High School and then went onto the University of Washington and then Western Washington University, receiving her degree in Education. She taught in the Seattle School District many years as a kindergarten and first grade teacher. Through her future father-in-law Frank, Helen met, dated and married Robert F. Sherman, prior to his WWII deployment to the South Pacific in 1942 as a US Marine. During his 3 year absence, Helen taught school during the day and volunteered as a nurse's aide in the evenings at Swedish Hospital. Upon Robert's return in 1945, they lived in Mukilteo, Washington and raised their family there, until moving to Medford, Oregon in 1966. In 1968, they moved to the Tri-Cities, where Helen taught first grade in the Richland School District at Jefferson Elementary, then at Hanford Elementary when it opened as K-12, then moved to the new Badger Mountain Elementary. Helen retired in 1980. Immediately after retiring, she traveled the world for many years and did volunteer work within the Tri Cities. Helen is survived by her son James R. Sherman; son Gerald B. Sherman and wife Laurel Burk Sherman; daughter Jennifer S. Plemmons and husband Clayton Plemmons; grandsons Robert E. Plemmons and wife Kelli Thiederman Plemmons; Alexander C. Plemmons and wife Sarah Michels Plemmons; granddaughter Cassandra J. Shoaf and husband Matthew Shoaf; great grandchildren Alexis Plemmons and Scout Galyon; Declan Plemmons and Leighton Plemmons (and a baby on the way); Noah C. Shoaf; and special family member Mercedes Galyon. She is also survived by her long time dear and faithful friend, Vera Berry, of Kennewick. Helen is predeceased by her parents JP and Florence McNeil; husband Robert F. Sherman and son Robert (Bobby) Sherman; and sisters Anna May Wellman and Mary Ellen McNeil. At Helen's request there will be no service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Tri-Cities Hospice House.
Published in Tri-City Herald on Mar. 21, 2017