Sherrie Ann Beaty Harris was born in Woodville, Texas. She was all the time a loner. She beloved to learn, she beloved to find new issues, she beloved artwork.
Her household lived on the outskirts of city and Sherrie entertained herself lots. She knew how one can make herself completely satisfied. Although she grew up spending quite a lot of time on her personal, Sherrie additionally knew how one can maintain a crowd and work the room. Her outgoing character turned an asset in later life.
Sherrie began her grownup life as a bookkeeper for the fuel firm. In her early twenties, life modified when American Airways employed her. She labored as an airline hostess for 45 years. Throughout layovers, she explored the cities she landed in.
Sherrie stated, “I had a ball being a vacationer.”
When the airways began doing army airlifts, Sherry started flying to Cambodia, with stopovers in Honolulu and Okinawa. She remembers the troopers being superb.
“One younger man was sleeping and once I touched him on the shoulder to let him know we have been touchdown, he opened his eyes and stated, ‘Spherical eyes, I haven’t seen spherical eyes in so lengthy.”
Sherrie stated you needed to be cautious to not startle the troopers as a result of so most of the males have been used to being in battle, and should you woke them abruptly they may lunge at you.
After doing airlift command for eight years, American went worldwide. Sherrie was delighted. She began flying to Australia and New Zealand and received to see quite a lot of the world. She beloved to journey and was no stranger to journey. In her early fifties she was nonetheless touring, however lastly determined she want to have somebody to share life with.
Sherrie remembers considering, “I want I had a person in my life. It doesn’t matter what he appears like, or what sort of work he does, simply so he’s type.” Shortly thereafter, a co-worker requested Sherrie if she would exit together with her father-in-law, who she described because the kindest man on the planet.
Sherrie thought to herself, “The place did I hear these phrases earlier than!” and instantly agreed to satisfy him. It was love at first sight. He was a retired nuclear submarine commander. They have been collectively for 3 years after which married. Eight months after the wedding, he died of issues from diabetes.
A good friend later requested Sherrie, when she was grieving, if she wished she hadn’t met him due to the ache of dropping him. “If I had by no means met him,” Sherrie replied, “I’d have by no means identified how deeply I may fall in love nor how type a human might be. Assembly him was the nicest a part of my life.”
Sherrie by no means married once more. She thought the potential for discovering somebody as particular as her husband was extremely unlikely. After retiring from the airways, she settled in Hawaii for a season. Then, 10 years in the past, she began a complete new life, and moved to Tehachapi to reside together with her sister, Betty.
Sherrie says that after seeing the world she loves it right here — the individuals, the small-town feeling, and the truth that whenever you come to city you all the time see somebody you recognize. She additionally loves the quiet of the canyon, the wild creatures, and particularly the ravens and coyotes. She spends time studying, creating and revisiting her love for artwork. She enjoys portray and exploring totally different artwork mediums, and shares her work with others on the Treasure Trove.
Says Sherrie, “In case you have any regrets whenever you’re an previous woman, make them regrets for what you didn’t do, not what you probably did. All the time discover, all the time go searching. Discover one thing new and don’t be afraid to go together with it.”
Judith Campanaro is an expressive arts advisor/educator and the creator of “The Knowledge Keepers: Tehachapi Ladies of Substance,” bought at Tehachapi Treasure Trove.