Luella C. Sherrard, 96, of Newton, Iowa, formerly of Cambridge, died Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at Park Centre in Newton. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 21st. at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Services. Rev. Jim Aniol will officiate. Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge. Visitation will be from noon to 2:00 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Cambridge United Methodist Church, the Henry County Historical Museum, or the Wesley Life Hospice at Park Centre, Newton, IA.
Luella Carr was born August 25, 1921 in Kewanee, the daughter of John Lawrence and Katharine Wigren Carr. Her grandparents were Michael L. and Catherine Moore Carr, and Victor A. and Luella Marshel Wigren. After the death of her father in 1929 and her mother in February of 1934, Luella and her brothers, John and Jim were adopted by their grandfather, Victor Wigren and their step grandmother, Sue LeClerq Wigren in Galva. Luella graduated from Galva High School in 1939, attended Western College for Women in Oxford, OH, and graduated from National College of Education in Evanston, IL in 1943.
She taught at the Waukegan War Nursery during World War II (1 year), kindergarten in Peoria (1year), Rock Island school (1 semester), served as high school librarian in Galva (1 year), and then taught first grade in Cambridge for 13 years. Her marriage to John C. "Jack" Sherrard took place on December 30, 1947 in Galva. They farmed in rural Cambridge for 61 years until Jack's death on January 6, 2009.
Her memberships included the Cambridge United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school for ten years, the Chapter BR of the P.E.O. Sisterhood in Galva, the Henry County Farm Bureau, and the Illinois Retired Teachers Association. She was a charter member of Valley View Country Club, Cambridge, and the Prairie Queen Quilt Club. Luella was also a member of the Social Hour Club of Cambridge, serving as treasurer, and the Henry County Historical Museum, where she served as receptionist, librarian, and board member.
Those surviving are sons, John Sherrard, St. Petersburg, FL, Martin (Ellen) Sherrard, Ft. Myers, FL, David Sherrard, Kewanee, and a daughter, Jane (Dan) Johnson, Newton, IA, granddaughters, Stacy Sherrard, Suzanne (Jon) Kral, Kelly Sherrard, Rebecca (Justin) Humke, Jennifer Johnson (fiance Michael Bell), and a grandson, Nathan (Tricia) Sherrard. Other survivors include a great grandson, Daniel Sherrard, and great granddaughters, Sydney Sherrard, and Savannah Humke, and several nieces, nephews, and their extended families. Her parents and grandparents, her husband, a brother, John, in World War II, a brother, Jim, and a nephew, Scott Carr, preceded her in death.