Gilyard, Sherry Frances

February 18, 2005

SHERRY FRANCES GILYARD, age 53 died at her home in Baltimore, MD on Saturday, February 12, 2005. Born at Memorial Hospital in Easton, MD on September 11, 1951, she was the daughter of Davis and Charlotte Gilyard of Reading, PA. She spent her early years in East New Market and began her walk with the Lord as a member of what was then Mount Zion Methodist church. She began her education at Hurlock Elementary School until the fifth grade when she moved to Reading, PA. Graduating from Reading High School in 1969, she went on to earn a Bachelors of Science Degree in Education from Kutztown State University, Kutztown, PA in 1973. She also pursued further studies at the Kutztown School for Graduate Studies. Sherry began her career as an elementary school teacher in the Allentown School District in Allentown, PA. She later taught in the Dorchester County School District and most recently in Baltimore City, where she taught for the last five years. Sherry was born to be a teacher and is lovingly remembered practicing being a teacher by holding school with her dolls. Sherry loved to teach and always expressed her love and concern for her kids. Sherry also had a strong faith in god and later joined River of Life Christian Center. As she persevered through her disability, her constant testimony was that she never worried because God has got my back!! She is survived by her parents Davis and Charlotte Gilyard of Reading, PA, one brother Davis W. Gilyard, Jr. of Concord, NC, two uncles: Allen Sampson of Edgewater, MD and Thomas Sampson of east New Market, MD and a host of cousins, other relatives, colleagues and friends. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 19, 2005 at 12 P.M. where friends and family may call one hour prior to the service at Faith Community United Methodist Church (formerly known as Mt Zion), East New Market, MD. Interment will be held in Faith Community Church Cemetery immediately following the service. Arrangements were handled by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Hurlock, MD.

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