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Beam Funeral Service & Crematory
Saturday May 22nd, 2021

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Sherri Lee Owenby



Sherri Lee Walker Owenby, age 70, of Marion, North Carolina, made that wonderful cross over into Heaven at 12:03 a.m. on Thursday, May 20, 2021 at Carolinas HealthCare System-Blue Ridge in Morganton, North Carolina.  The daughter of the late Carl and Jetta Webb Walker, she was born in McDowell County, North Carolina on March 05, 1951. 


For over 40 years, Ms. Sherri proudly worked in McDowell County in Early Childhood Education and was past president of the McDowell Hospital Auxiliary.  She was once recognized as citizen of the year in Marion.  Sherri enjoyed reading, sewing and music, she was a fan of Neal Diamond.  Most of all, it done her heart good spending time with her family. 


She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Mike Owenby; one son, Chris Owenby; one daughter, Leslie Owenby McPeters; two grandchildren, Macy McPeters and Adam Owenby.  Sherri is also survived by her three siblings, April Hollifield (Mike), Robin Walker and Sy Walker (Kimberly); and a number of nieces.


A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Beam Funeral Service with Rev. Doug Prevette officiating.  The family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m., prior to the service, at the funeral home. 


Those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mrs. Owenby’s memory are asked to consider, American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73123 or by visiting www.cancer.org.





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A candle was lit in memory of Sherri Owenby

Paul and Becky Jolly May 24 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Sherri Owenby

Jay Melton May 23 2021 12:00 AM

Sherry was a dear friend! She loved children and they loved her. Working with her building strength and unity in the early childhood community was my honor. It is rare you meet and have the pleasure of working with a woman who exhibited such grace and integrity as Miss Sherri. She will be missed, but always remembered, for sharing with others the value of a childs love. Mike prayers and hugs for you and yours!!

Joy Griffith May 23 2021 12:00 AM

I remember your mom, Chris, always at Marion Elementary, the best todays of my life, watching over all of us. She was fun-loving and full of energy and smiles. My mom loved working with her. Im so sorry for your familys loss. She will be so missed. Thinking of all of you.

Krissy May 23 2021 12:00 AM

Sincere Condolence to the Walker&Owenby familys.You all are in my thoughts & prayers.!

Willie,Williiam Mace. May 22 2021 12:00 AM

My heart is broken for all of you with the loss of such a dear, sweet and special person. Mike and family, April, Robin and Sy, I'm so sorry that I can't be there for the service today, but please know that all of you are in my heart and prayers. "Mrs. Sherri" to my kids and just Sherri to me was precious and will never be forgotten. All of you made me feel like part of your family when we were young and I will never forget that. I love you all and pray that God will be with you during this time and give you peace and comfort that passes all understanding.

Donna Grindstaff May 22 2021 12:00 AM

Mike, Leslie, Chris and family, thinking of you today. So sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers.

Janice Painter May 22 2021 12:00 AM

April, Robyn and Sy! My is breaking with you and your families in the loss of your amazing sister Sherri. As I spent so much time with your family growing up, I always admired Sherri and she was a role model to me for her many qualities. Sherri was one of the most precious and kindest people I have ever known. She loved her family, was a wonderful wife, mom, sister, daughter and friend to all she knew. Her dedication to the community, with her personal love and attention to the needs for all of those children making sure they received the compassion and care they needed was unmatched. So many families in this community respected her and are still grateful as she touched so many lives. Our loss is great, but what a Day of Rejoicing it Must Have Been! R.I. P. My precious friend!
children in the community had the opportunity for the best childcare and learning opportunities possible. Sherri had this gift with people that will be her legacy, as her beautiful blue eyes always sparkled and that happy smile we all loved will be well remembered. Love and prayers to all of you

Patti Briggs May 21 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Sherri Owenby

Tommy robinson May 21 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Sherri Owenby

Jim & Jenna Mace May 21 2021 12:00 AM

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