January 3, 2021
Fort Worth, Texas - Sherry Ann Drennen Bouchard, retired elementary school teacher, died on January 3, 2021 in Ft. Worth, Texas, after a short illness. She is survived by son, Larry, and Peggy Galloway; daughter, Kathy; son, Kevin and Jan Edmonds, and son, Kerry along with four grandchildren: Andy, Micah, Austin, and Katherine Bouchard. Her husband, Rev. Dr. Tommie M. Bouchard, died in 1980.
Sherry was dedicated to teaching young children for over forty years. She retired in 2001 from Garland ISD, where she taught for over twenty years. Before Garland, she taught early grades for public and private schools in Mineral Wells, TX; Agency, MO, near St. Joseph; Longview, TX; and Dallas, TX. While in Longview, Sherry was the founding director of the pre-school now known as The Prep School at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Born in Stuttgart, Arkansas in 1930, Sherry lived a storied life. She literally grew up at the hospital where she was born, which had been built by her father, Sherod A. Drennen, M.D., and her mother, Marguerite Owens Drennen (also a schoolteacher); attached to the hospital was an apartment where the family resided. Dr. Drennen was a noted duck hunter and game fisherman as well as innovative surgeon. Sherry liked to recall the family's fishing holidays on a houseboat and the times her father allowed her to observe surgeries while she stood on a stool in the O.R. She also enjoyed telling of the pet goat she once took for a walk through the halls of the hospital.
From age three, Sherry demonstrated talents in theater and music. She sang leads in high school musicals in Stuttgart and joined the University Christian Church choir after enrolling as a freshman at Texas Christian University in Ft. Worth in 1947, where she majored in psychology. Later in life she rekindled her thespian love by appearing in theatrical programs at various regional and national meetings of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
In college she met and later married fellow student, Tommie Bouchard, who after studying at TCU's Brite Divinity School pastored congregations and served in church administrative posts in Texas, Kentucky, and Missouri. So, Sherry undertook the tasks of a ministerial spouse while raising children, studying education, and pursuing her teaching career.
All through life Sherry was an avid reader of fiction, history, and psychology, and she was a lover of pets and wildlife. During the years she lived in Rowlett, TX, seemingly no passing bird went unfed and a family of barn swallows nested annually under overhanging eaves. Her family enjoyed her devotion to these birds, to generations of mostly indoor cats, and to several dogs. Meals with family and friends seated at the table that she grew up with were her favorite occasions. Her love for all of her children and grandchildren was most evident on those special times.
While living in the Dallas area, Sherry was an active member of Midway Hills Christian Church where she enjoyed making Project Linus blankets for children in crisis. At age eighty-seven she returned to Fort Worth where she reunited with many folks from earlier days and made new friends as a resident of Watermark at Broadway Cityview. She was pleased to be able to worship again at University Christian Church. Sherry Drennen Bouchard was a generous spirit who brought much wisdom and love into the world. She will be greatly missed.
Plans for a remembrance of Sherry's life are pending as friends and family await safer circumstances for gatherings. Charitable contributions in her memory may be made to one of the following
•Disciples Divinity House: https://ddh.uchicago.edu/giving/give-a-gift/
•Brite Divinity School: https://epay.tcu.edu/brite_gift/
•Ministerial Relief & Assistance Fund: https://pfcc.force.com/giving/dn8n__SiteDonation?id=a2u0V000001VPkf
•Tarrant Area Food Bank: https://tafb.org/donate/
•Texas Coalition for Animal Protection: https://texasforthem.networkforgood.com/projects/73767-donation-page
•Contemporary Dance Fort Worth: https://www.cdfw.org/Support.shtml
Published by Star-Telegram on Jan. 9, 2021.