In Memory

Sherry Furrow (Reinhardt)

Sherry Furrow (Reinhardt)

Sherry Marie Furrow Reinhardt, beloved wife, mother and sister, was surrounded by family and friends when she lost her long and courageous battle with cancer Saturday evening, May 19, 2007, at St. Vincent's Hospital in Billings, at the age of 52.

Sherry was born Jan. 16, 1955, in Billings and was the daughter of James W. and Betty Darlene Furrow. By 1963, she was the oldest of five children and although she couldn't have known it then, lived just a few houses down from her future husband and love of her life, Terry.

Sherry attended schools in Billings and graduated from Billings West High School in 1973. Shortly after graduation, she and Terry crossed paths again and together they moved to Seattle, where they were married on June 26, 1976. But living in Washington put too much distance between them and their families, so they moved back to Montana after four years and made their home in Lavina from that point on.

Terry had a job interview with Sweetheart Bakery but was unable to keep the appointment so Sherry went instead. She got the job and became the first woman to work on the production line. They must have liked her and her work, as she stayed for the next 30 years until the time of her death.

For many years she worked nights and weekends and never turned down the offers to work overtime. While Terry worked days, oftentimes they would pass each other on the highway between Lavina and Billings and give each other a good-morning wave in passing.

In the fall of 1984, their schedules aligned and on July 17, 1985, they were blessed with their pride and joy, Brittney Lynn. From this point on, Britt was the sole purpose in life. Even after her first cancer diagnosis in the late '90s, the focus was to get better to be able to make sure that Britt had everything she needed and was able to go to college. No matter how hard the battle became, Britt was the center of Sherry's world.

Sherry would use what little spare time she had doing the things that gave her great joy and satisfaction. She was always doing something from crochet and knitting to canning things from the garden to making stained glass to playing games with her family to raising money for Relay For Life. She was team captain for Relay For Life for Sweetheart Bakery for many years and in 2005 was the top non-sponsored individual fundraiser at the Billings Relay. She also was a member of the Lavina School Board for four years and was the secretary/treasurer for the Union Local 466 Bakers and Confectionary Workers.

Sherry was preceded in death by both sets of grandparents, James and Ida Furrow and Bernard and Frieda Pastian; and her father and mother, Jim and Betty Furrow. She is survived by her only true love in life, husband Terry; and her daughter and pride and joy, Brittney (Dave) of Bozeman; her sisters, Pennie Schlepp (Karl) of Laurel and Brenda Palagyi (Mike) of Roundup; brothers James B. (Jenny) of Watertown, S.D., and Patrick Sean (Rita) of Billings; aunts Shirley Marlow of Las Vegas, Marian Brun (Joe) of Billings; and uncle Robert Pastian of Laurel; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 24, at Smith's Downtown Funeral Chapel, 925 S. 27th St., Billings. Reception to immediately follow in the reception room. Luncheon is to follow reception at the Sharon Hernandez residence at 3105 Canyon Drive in Billings. Food donations can be brought to the Hernandez residence. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Relay For Life 2007 campaign in Sherry's name. Smith's Funeral Chapel is entrusted with the arrangements.