Hallie Phillips Sherry
Hallie Phillips Sherry, 99, of Wayne, died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018 at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, Oct. 20 at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Wayne with Pastor Kyle Nelson officiating.
Memorials may be directed to deaf research at Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C., the Orville and Hallie Scholarship Fund or First United Methodist Church in Wayne.
Hallie Phillips Sherry was born Oct. 5, 1919 in Raleigh, N.C. to Hallie and T.M. Phillips. She graduated from Hugh Moron High School in 1939 and Mrs. Hardbarger's Secretarial School in 1937. She joined the Woman's Army Auxiliary Corps in 1943. This later became the Woman's Army Corps. She performed recruiting duty in St. Louis, Mo. before going overseas. Mrs. Sherry was among the first WACS to arrive in the South Pacific Theatre in May of 1943. She was an Information Specialist, writing war stories on heroism and sending them to the soldiers home-town newspapers while serving in Australia, New Guinea, Biak and Manila. She obtained the rank of Sergeant.
On April 13, 1946 she married Orville M. Sherry in Raleigh, N.C., moved to Wayne and became secretary and treasurer of Sherry's Inc. In 1963 she graduated from Wayne State College and taught reading and English in Wakefield, Winside and Wayne High Schools. She also taught English at the Department of Corrections at the main prison in Lincoln. While in Lincoln, she and her husband were house parents at a girls' group home for 13 months. Unon returning to Wayne in 1980 she became the first coordinator of Haven House and held the position until her retirement.
Survivors include a son, Edward and Linda Sherry of Sioux Falls, S.D.; two daughters, Lee Sherry and husband, Norman Small of Norfolk and Jan and Troy Krien of Lincoln; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two nieces.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Orville M. Sherry; her parents; one brother, T.M. and two sisters, Ruth Riley and Betty Case.