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Irene Sherrard

February 5, 1927 — July 4, 2021

Herrin- Irene Sherrard, age 94, of Herrin, passed away at 10:53am on Sunday, July 4, 2021 at The Voyage Assisted Living Center in Herrin.

Irene was born in Ferges on February 5, 1927, the daughter of Clyde and Mamie (Phelps) Donahue.  She married Alfred H. Sherrard in Johnston City on June 5, 1948. He preceded her in death on May 17, 2003.

Mrs. Sherrard was a member of the Ferges Free Methodist Church.  She had worked as an LPN for Herrin Hospital for more than forty- three years, retiring in 1979.  Irene enjoyed painting, puzzles, coloring, gardening, caring for her flowers, and bird watching.  She was a member of the Williamson County Home Extension and Herrin Cancer Support Team.

Survivors Include:

Son & Daughter-In-Law: Bruce & Tammy Sherrard of Herrin, IL.

Son & Daughter-In-Law: Jim & Kathy Sherrard of St. Peters, MO.

Daughter: Cathy Bymaster of Altamont, IL.

Eight Grandchildren:

     Brady Sherrard

     Amanda Sherrard & Steve

     Brandi Mulvihill & William

     Rhonda Sherrard & Kevin

     Clayton Sherrard & Melody

     Kristy & Kevin Tappendorf

     Kelly & Travis Stone

     Kayla Hollenkamp & Steve

Twelve Great Grandchildren:

     Zoe, Wyatt, Shelbi, Riley, Alexus, Colton, Anna, Emma, Elizabeth, Bailee, Reed,   

     & Keaton

One great great granddaughter- Stella Rose

One Brother- Harry & Karen Donahue of Marion

One Sister- Pearl Hickey of Florrisant, MO

Several nieces & nephews survive

Special Friend- Jim

Preceded in death by her parents, husband, four brothers- George Robison, Robert Burt, Clyde Donahue and Roy Donahue, two sisters- Lily Harvel and Mabel Lezu, and her son-in-law- George Bymaster.

Funeral Services will be held at 2pm on Wednesday, July 7, 2021                                            at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin with Rev. Robert Gray officiating. Burial will follow at Herrin City Cemetery.  Visitation will be 1-2pm on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home.

For those who prefer, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or the American Cancer Society.  For additional information or to sign the memorial guest register please visit

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Wednesday, July 7, 2021

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Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home

201 S 13th St, Herrin, IL 62948

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