In memory of

Sheiry Gayle (Troxell) Beard

Feb 20, 1945
Oct 17, 2020


Sheiry Gayle (Troxell) Beard was the oldest daughter born to Jack and Luella Troxell along with her siblings: Leah, Jeff and Lyn in Salem, OR on February 20th, 1945. She graduated from South Salem High School in 1963 and then moved to Minnesota where she attended St. Paul Mounds Midway School for Nursing. Sheiry moved onto Salem hospital where she worked as a Labor and Delivery nurse for 23 years.

On May 1st, 1985 she married Duane Beard. The two of them spent time at the coast and Palm Springs and always had a game of cribbage going. Sheiry was an avid reader, and excellent cook and a knitting extraordinaire. She loved music, traveling and movies and had a great sense of humor.

She is survived by her husband, Duane; her two daughters, Holly McGuire and Emily Quick; her grandson Jonah McGuire; and step-children Michael Beard and Michele Neal and their families.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 1130 Wallace Rd NW Salem, OR 97304 in the Founders Room (above Roth’s) from 2-5pm. Donations can be made at ( Portland Community College Foundation, Student Scholarships, comment: Nursing, in honor of Sheiry Gayle Beard.

Service Information

Celebration of Life
Friday November 6, 2020 2-5 PM
Founder's Room (Above Roths)
1130 Wallace Rd NW Salem, OR 97304

Messages of Sympathy

  1. Sharon Doggett says:

    Sheiry and I were roommates for 2 years at Mounds-Midway. I don't remember studying very much, we were always up to something. We must have, we both graduated.We would take the bus to downtown St. Paul or Minneapolis (in the dead of winter) to see a James Bond movie. We saw them many times. We even had 007 sweatshirts. Sheiry bought a Karmen Kia before our senior year. I took the train out and drove back with her. We definitely had a lot of fun with that car. After I moved to California, I went to visit Sheiry several times. After Sheiry and Duane started going down Palm Springs, our little group would meet there from Wisconsin, Arizona and California. The guys would talk and us girls would play 500. She was special, I will always remember her. She had a great outlook on life.

  2. Charlotte Franke Hadley says:

    Sherry and I played together in the neighborhood on Madrona as children, and went to grade school together. We had such great times. We reconnected a few times as adults and I always valued our friendship. Our children went to grade school together. Such a fun person to be around. I loved her laughter.

  3. Darwin Smith says:

    Sheiry was my friend, my cousin and my entertainment when we were together. I loved that girl and she loved me. She was my quiet cousin. We had so much fun and so many stories growing up. Halloween with Sheiry was the best.We went on to lead our lives but would touch base once in a while during our adult years. Sheiry helped deliver our oldest son Cam and then did a hurry up delivery of our youngest son Micah. The Dr. was a little late as there was a snow storm in Salem that day. It was a formal delivery as he still had his tie on. She did a great job. We then reunited once Nancy and I moved to Palm Springs. We were able once again to laugh, talk and be together. So much fun. Will never forget that smiling face, her laugh and the lemon pies. She still owes me one.
    I love and miss you so much.

  4. Lana Doran says:

    Farewell “SISTA” till we meet again.❤️. I will miss you the rest of my days. I will remember all the fun times we had from the first time we met.

  5. Kat says:

    Love to Emily and her family for their loss of such a wonderful human.

    I donated in her name to help another life-changing nurse get started in their career:

  6. Julie Irvin says:

    So sorry for your loss.Shiery loved life and was full of joy.We had some good times during our years at Mounds Midway.I'm so glad we kept in touch thru the years.

  7. Staff of Johnson Funeral Home says:

    Thank you for trusting Johnson Funeral Home with Sheiry's arrangements.

  8. Randy and Muriel Mills, Salem, OR says:

    Still in shock at the sudden news. Sheiry-so full of life, love and laughter. A caring nurse, mother and wife with plenty of room in her heart for all. A fantastic cook and so giving to those in need, Sheiry you will be missed immensely. Our love and prayers to Duane and family who have always been in our thoughts and hearts.

  9. Ron & Barbara Breaden says:

    We are heartbroken over Sheiry's sudden passing, having enjoyed lots of laughs and joyful times together in Newport over the past twelve years. What a fun-loving and generous spirit. We will sorely miss her smile and gregarious presence.

    With love to Duane and all the family,
    Barbara and Ron Breaden

  10. Debbie Archibald, mother of Brooke, Grandt and Doug Mansfield. says:

    Words are hard coming. I use to work with Sherry years ago at a birthing center in Salem. We became friends and spent a lot of time together. Her heart was big, her smile bigger. Sheiry loved everybody.

    I haven’t seen her in years but have thought of her often. Sending a ton of love to Duane, Holly and Emily. My heart is heavy. Love you all.

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