Sheryl Stephenson

Jan. 14, 1943 - July 7, 2023

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Sheryl Ann Stephenson, born Sheryl Ann Fish, passed away in her home, surrounded by her loving family, on July 7, 2023. She was born on January 14, 1943, in Willimantic, Connecticut, the only child of Milton, a carpenter, and Doris, a teacher. Sheryl grew up on family acreage in Storrs, Connecticut, in a home her father built by hand. It was here that she learned the values of hard work, self-sufficiency, and frugality. Her upbringing on the homestead nourished her love for nature and instilled in her an appreciation for the beauty and complexity of life. She cherished the family garden and cared for the livestock, embodying a spirit of sustainability and resourcefulness. After graduating from the University of Connecticut with a degree in Business Marketing, Sheryl's path led her to meet Baird Stephenson in 1966. They were united in marriage shortly thereafter, on January 10, 1967, and embarked on a lifelong journey together. Sheryl and Baird lovingly welcomed into this world two children - their daughter, Brie Danielle Stephenson, born on August 23, 1976, and their son, Eric Baird Stephenson, born on November 5, 1979. As a dedicated homemaker, Sheryl's true joy was found in her kitchen. She delighted her family and friends with her culinary creations, showcasing her talent and skill. Music, too, held a special place in her heart. She would often fill the air with beautiful melodies played on her grand piano, a proud centerpiece of her home. Sheryl was also an accomplished seamstress, channeling her creativity into the art of sewing and interior design. She poured her love and careful attention to detail into each piece she made. Sheryl possessed a confident and astute financial acumen, establishing herself as a knowledgeable investor. Moreover, she had a deep appreciation for language and its structure, particularly the Latin foundations of language. Sheryl was also known for being a stickler for proper grammar, valuing precision and clarity in written and spoken communication. She crafted engaging short stories and exquisite letters to loved ones. Sheryl's artistry, whether through food, music, writing, or sewing, was a reflection of her nurturing and loving spirit. Her legacy will live on through her warm traditions, the beautiful items she crafted, and the melodies she played, forever cherished in the hearts of those who were touched by her. Sheryl's philanthropic endeavors included being a generous donor to the Sheryl & Baird Stephenson Infusion Center at the Virginia Mason Federal Way Medical Center. Her commitment to giving back to the community and supporting others in need reflected her compassionate and caring nature. Sheryl was a remarkable woman of high intellect and diverse talents. Her wisdom, warmth, and principled nature endeared her to all who knew her. She possessed a unique blend of artistry and analytical thinking, showcasing her skillfulness in everything she pursued. Her prudence was complemented by her innate generosity. Sheryl is survived by her devoted husband, Robert Baird Stephenson; her loving daughter, Brie Stephenson Spath, and her husband, Lucas Spath; her beloved son, Eric Baird Stephenson, his wife Lauren, and their children Abram and Janie, who were Sheryl's cherished grandchildren. Sheryl was preceded in death by her parents, Doris Ramstein Fish, and George Milton Fish.


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