Sherry Ellen Apperson

sherry apperson

February 2, 1944 ~ April 20, 2024

Born in: Centralia, Illinois
Resided in: Arlington, Texas

Sherry Ellen Nelson on February 2, 1944 in Centralia, Illinois to Arvle and Beulah Nelson. As an infant, her family moved to Oklahoma for her father to pursue work in the Oil Field. She graduated from Haskell High School, where she enjoyed band and became a majorette.

She met Bill Apperson at work with AT&T, when he came to request a new phone line and they married a few months later on August 19, 1966. They lived in Muskogee, Oklahoma for several years and were blessed with two children Kari and Ben. While on a trip to Six Flags in 1970, they fell in love with the area, bought a house and moved to Arlington, where they became members of Fielder Road Baptist Church.

Sherry was a stay-at-home Mom most of her life, helping to shuffle her children to their activities. As her husband’s Car Wash business grew, she partnered with him and handled all accounting needs. Sherry deeply loved her family and enjoyed spending time with them. She was fondly known as “Granny” to her grandchildren and great-grandchild. She loved life and her smile was contagious. She also loved and cherished all our family pets. She enjoyed traveling, playing bridge, going to church and participating in organizations such as New Friends, Garden Club and Junior League.

Sherry met Bob Fortenbaugh in 2022, they became friends and started a new adventure together. During the time they had together, they enjoyed traveling, playing bridge, dancing, Meals on Wheels and going to church at Trinity United Methodist Church.

Sherry was diagnosed with liver cancer on March 13, 2024, suffered a brief illness, and went to be with the our Lord on April 20, 2024.

Sherry is preceded in death by her parents, husband Bill, her son Ben and two sisters, Gene Fultz and Pat Lattie. She is survived by one sister, Bea McKenzie of Arlington, TX; her daughter Kari Wilson and husband Wayne of Arlington, TX; grandchildren, Ashlee Penland and husband Brian of Argyle, TX; Taylor Brahmer and husband Thomas of Van, TX and great-grandchild Beau Penland. She was deeply saddened that she would not be here to welcome Taylor and Thomas’s new baby girl this coming July, Bentlee Michelle.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Trinity United Methodist Church.


Memorial Service: April 26, 2024 10:00 am

Trinity United Methodist Church
1200 West Green Oaks Boulevard
Arlington, TX 76013

(817) 274-1345

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