Sherry Makortoff, aged 51 years of Grand Forks, passed away peacefully on June 17, 2010, with her family by her side. Sherry was born to Jack and Mary Makortoff on June 9, 1959. She was the oldest of three siblings- a brother Dan and sister Bonny.

Sherry attended Hutton Elementary School and then graduated from Grand Forks Secondary School in 1977. She was an honour roll student, always taking her studies very seriously. After graduation, Sherry attended Cariboo College in Kamloops where she studied Business, which prepared her for her working career at the Grand Forks Credit Union. Sherry worked at the Credit Union for 20 years. She loved working with the people and made many life-long friendships.

Being an auntie was a special gift that Sherry treasured dearly. She absolutely adored her nieces and nephew. Sherry played an active role in each and every one of their lives, supporting and cheering them on in all their activities. Sherry loved to volunteer in the community. She was always willing to help organize functions and donate her time and positive energy to various organizations which included the Labour Day Baseball Tournament and the Grand Forks Border Bruins. Sherry loved the outdoors and took any opportunity she could to go for long walks with her beloved dog Luke. Being creative came naturally to Sherry, as was often displayed in the beautiful jewellery she created. She loved cooking and established her own successful catering business.

Sherry was diagnosed with cancer which she bravely faced with strength and courage. Sherry was predeceased by her father, John J. Makortoff in August of 2008. She is survived by her mother, Mary Makortoff of Grand Forks; brother Dan and wife Kari Makortoff of Grand Forks; sister Bonny and husband Clarence Verigin of Castlegar; nephew Josh Verigin; nieces: Alexa Verigin, Katrina, Alyssa and Tara Makortoff; uncle George Makortoff of Penticton; any many cousins and close friends. Services were held at the USCC Community Centre in Grand Forks, B.C., on June 21, 2010.

Sherry will be remembered with a smile and many wonderful memories with whom we shared our laughter, our joy and our love.

Loving and kind in all her ways

Upright and just to the end of her days.

Sincere and good in heart and mind

What a beautiful memory she leaves behind.

Like falling leaves the years went by

But precious memories never die.

You live with us in memory still

You always have, you always will.

We hold you close within our hearts

And there you shall remain.

To walk with us throughout our lives

Until we meet again.

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