The Central Coast Monthly Meeting is grieving for we have lost our beloved Friend, Sherry Walden. Sherry courageously engaged in a struggle with cancer on and off for years and finally succumbed peacefully in the arms of her children on April 30, 2011. She was 50 years old.
Sherry was one of six children and grew up in Santa Maria, California. In 1989 she married Keven Walden, a birthright Quaker and she became a member of the Monthly Meeting in Reno, Nevada. Our meeting welcomed Sherry and her children in the fall of 2005 and she transferred her membership from the Reno Friends Meeting to Central Coast Friends Meeting in July of 2010.
Sherry Walden expressed herself best through her art. She was a wonderful painter and jewelry designer and craftsperson. On occasion she brought her talents to our First Day School to the delight of our children. She was always willing to help out with Friends activities in any way that she could. Her health, however, prevented her from being as active in our meeting as she would have liked.
Perhaps Sherry’s most precious contribution to our Meeting was her children, Martin and Emily both of whom have and continue to contribute a bright and shining light to our Meeting since the Fall of 2005. Martin and Emily were a source of great love and joy to Sherry and she took pride in their accomplishments. They remain in the care of our Meeting.
Sherry is survived by her children, Martin Maris Walden, age 20, of San Francisco, and Emily Joyce Walden, age 17 in San Luis Obispo, California.