Sharilyn Gay Massey, who was affectionately known as "Cherie" most of her life, was born in Great Falls, Montana on Oct.11, 1944 to Emery Nye Massey and Julia H. Squires. Most of her growing years were spent in Ogden, Utah where she graduated from Ogden High School. Her family later moved to Mesa, Arizona.
Her mother taught her cooking skills at an early age and she became the family cook. Her father taught her gardening skills, and a love for all growing things. In her early years, she loved dancing and skiing until a permanent knee injury left her unable to bend her knee. Cherie had a tender heart for all living things, especially birds and cats. Cherie also loved creating music and was a skilled organist who generously shared her talents with everyone around her. Cherie was an avid genealogist who endlessly pursued her ancestors. She had a happy nature and was always loving and encouraging to those around her.
Because she was a skilled phlebotomist, she was adept at giving allergy shots and caring for patients. Recognizing those skills, Dr. Talmage Shill put her in charge of allergy testing and mixing serum during the many years she worked for him. She continued this work as an allergy tech for 20 years.
She later moved back to Ogden to take care of her mother. After her mother's passing, she came to Cache Valley to live with Talmage and Nancy Shill in 2005. There she became a beloved member of the extended Shill family. In Cache Valley, Cherie became an active Daughters of Utah Pioneers member and eventually served as captain of the Peter Maughan Camp. Cherie was an active member of Wellsville 1st Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints where she loved playing the piano for the primary.
The funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, October 7th, 2023 at the Wellsville Stake Center, 30 South Center Street, Wellsville, Utah. The viewing will be held from 10:00 to 10:30 am prior to the funeral service at the church. Interment at Wellsville Cemetery.
The family would like to thank Blacksmith Fork Assisted Living for their loving care and friendship. Thank you also to White Pine Funeral Services for their help at this time.