July 6, 1927 ~ September 11, 2021
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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