Alma (Dusty) Amalia Seiler Sherrill, age 94, passed on to her eternal home on September 11, 2021. Alma was born July 6, 1927, to Frederick and Elsa Seiler in Dewitt Country, Texas, the second of 8 children. She learned the tasks of sharecropping at an early age and attended a country school. While a carhop in the Austin area, the girls chose nicknames and she became ‘Dusty’ for the rest of her life. That is where she met and married her husband, Glenn Sherrill, on May 19, 1949. They made their home in the Dallas area until Glenn enlisted in the Coast Guard. Dallas is where her two sons were born. During Glenn’s Coast Guard time, they were stationed in the Galveston/Houston area, Juneau AK, and the San Francisco Bay area. Dusty worked as a telephone operator during many of those years. After retirement, Dusty and Glenn lived in the Clearlake, CA area. She was well known and liked at the local bowling alley where she cooked, served, and kept the lanes working. She became interested in gems and jewelry making. She was quite proud of her Clearlake County diamonds. In 1983, they moved into their RV, traveling through most of the 48 contiguous states, spending time to see each location and enjoying occasional seasons of cooking meals at various campgrounds. Pancake breakfasts and steak dinners were weekend specialties. In 1991, they settled in San Antonio where Dusty enjoyed hours of quilting at home and with various groups. As a member of the Greater San Antonio Quilt Guild, she participated in projects for the Ronald McDonald House, the quilting demonstration at the Institute of Texas Cultures, and the Guild library. She also quilted with the San Antonio Genealogy Society and the Lackland Baptist Quilters. Each year Dusty would provide a handmade quilt for the visiting missionary during her church’s missions conference as well as for many friends and family. Alma is survived by her two sons, Jody (Jean) and Gary, both of San Antonio; two grandchildren, Michelle van Dellen (Kelly), Athens GA, and Jim Sherrill (Jessica), Lakewood, CO; two great granddaughters, Kathryn and Rachel Sherrill; brother Alfred Seiler, Buda, TX; and sister Rose Autry, Lindale, TX. A celebration of life will be held at Resurgent SA Church, 8134 Fredericksburg Rd, San Antonio, 78229 on Saturday, September 25 at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Resurgent Church for the Missions Fund.

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  1. Dusty was a beautiful person inside and out. She loved animals and she would occasionally take care of my small dog (Mia) when I was out of town. The first time when I picked Mia up she was in bed with Dusty very much at home. Dusty said she loved Mia and if I ever wanted to give her away she would take her ( this was before Oscar). She will be missed, Rest In Peace Dusty you were loved by many ❤️❤️ Condolences to the family you are in our prayers 🙏🏼

  2. I was a fellow Docent with Dusty at the Institute of Texan Cultures for 10 years. She was always upbeat no matter what. She adored her Daughter in law and her son. Spoke of them often. She was generous with her time and thoughtful gifts that were hand made at Christmas. I have missed seeing her these past two years and am sure she is telling everyone in Heaven how wonderful everything is. Heart felt condolences to her beloved family.

  3. Dusty was a long time quilter at the Institute of Texan Cultures and an active member of the Greater San Antonio Quilt Guild for many many years, She volunteered with the guild library, the ITC quilters, and, no doubt, many other committees. I quilted with Dusty at the ITC for about 10 years. She had many stories to share with us and with the visitors, as she had lived the life of a sharecropper and was a quilter in hard times. We will miss her.

  4. Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss… Our thoughts are with you and your family. Dusty was one of our quilters & a dear friend

  5. Many homes in San Antonio are blessed with a hand made quilt lovingly sewn by a small group of dedicated women who met on Tuesday at the San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society library. Dusty was an integral part of the group. The “quilt of the year” was always a major fundraiser at our annual seminar. Our last quilt will be sold this year. Dusty’s cheerful and entertaining banter is lodged in our walls and will always be a happy memory of our past. Kitty Massey

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