Helen Sherrod



Helen was born in Herndon, Kan. to Matt and Sophia G March 6, 1911. She was raised on a wheat farm in McDonald, Kan. and received formal training as a dress designer in Lincoln, Neb.

She married Willard Sherrod Oct. 12, 1934 in McDonald where they were wheat farmers until March of 1946, when they bought a ranch on the lower Elk River northwest of Steamboat Springs.

Together with their six children, they raised shorthorn cattle. Helen recently celebrated her 90th birthday at her home in Steamboat with family and friends.

She died March 30, 2001 in her home after a brief illness, surrounded by her family.

She will be best remembered fro her numerous contributions to her community.

Of great importance to her was her life long membership in the Lutheran Church, belonging to the Concordia Lutheran Church in Steamboat for over 55 years.

She also found great joy in serving as a Routt County 4H leader for 45 years.

During that time she taught over 100 girls to sew, many of whom went on to receive local, state and national recognition.

Helen was the recipient of multiple awards that showcased her considerable homemaking skills.

In 1964, she was named the Colorado Master Farm Homemaker of the Year. One of her greatest thrills was being named as the 1983 Grand Marshall of the Fourth of July Parade, honoring the family's devotion to the land and their community.

She is survived by her six children; Douglas Sherrod of Winter Springs, Fla.; Sandra Pflieger of Houston, Tex., Jackie Grimaldi of Kensington, Md.; Duane Sherrod of Joplin, Mo.; Don Sherrod and Delbert Sherrod, both of Steamboat Springs.

She is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years; her parents; a brother and sister and one grandchild.

Donations can be made to the Helen Sherrod 4H Scholarship Fund, Routt County Extension, P.O. Box 772830, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477.


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