Date of Birth: December 22, 1959
Date of Death: April 04, 2022
PHOENIX – Sherri Lynn Nelson, 62, passed away peacefully on April 4, 2022 at Sherman House, a Hospice of the Valley care facility in Phoenix, Arizona. Born in Malden, Massachusetts, she was the daughter of Robert Arvid Nelson and Patricia (MacDonald) Nelson both deceased. She is also predeceased by her sister, Erica Lee Nelson. Sherri was a graduate of Malden High School. She received a degree in psychology from Worcester State College and then received a nursing degree from University of Lowell. Sherri lived in Amesbury, Massachusetts before moving to Florida, Georgia and New Mexico for brief periods of time. She then settled in Arizona. A lover of travel, her most exciting adventure was a trip to Egypt which became an enduring highlight of her life. Wherever she went, she collected stones, local art and textiles as souvenirs from her travels. Animals were Sherri’s greatest love and she adopted special need pets, giving them the love and understanding that was her special gift. She referred to them as her “fur babies”. For the past few years, she volunteered at Rusty’s Resale Boutique which helped support Rusty’s Angel Sanctuary, a senior dog rescue in New River, AZ. While volunteering at Rusty’s, she found forever friends in the team of volunteers who dedicated time and energy to that endeavor. Sherri’s nursing degree led her to work in fertility clinics and her last employment was in care case management with Cigna Healthcare. Sherri was always on a quest for knowledge and understanding about the deeper meanings of life. She completed a level one herbalism course for a certificate. She was interested in both traditional and metaphysical healing, incorporating meditation, essential oils and color therapy into her regular practices. She was part of the community at the Peaceful Spirit Enrichment Center where she met other like-minded people and participated in monthly full moon labyrinth walks. To those with whom she interacted, she was a ray of sunshine, someone with whom they could laugh, share, and love unconditionally. Sherri asked that all her friends everywhere be recognized for the many gifts they bestowed upon her and especially for their assistance and support as her health failed. Special thanks to Hospice of the Valley caregivers who went above and beyond to make Sherri as comfortable as possible during her final months.
At Sherri’s request there will be no funeral service or celebration of life ceremony. Her ashes will be buried in Massachusetts with her sister.
Contributions in Sherri’s name can be made to: Amazing Aussies Lethal White Rescue of Arizona, PO Box 31245, Mesa, AZ 85275. http://www.amazingaussies.org Or Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014