Sherry Smith Keffer

May 5, 1944 – Sept. 15, 2020

Sherry Smith Keffer, 76, of Frisco, Texas, went to heaven on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. She was born the oldest (by a few short minutes before her twin arrived) of five children to Lee and Vivian Smith on May 5, 1944, in Madisonville, Kentucky. She was raised in Tullahoma, Tennessee, and attended Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where she received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. Sherry met Charles Witten Keffer Jr. in the Joy Sunday school class at Grace United Methodist Church in Atlanta. They married on July 27, 1973. Together they moved from Georgia to Ohio to Iowa to Louisiana to Missouri. They retired to Buffalo, where for 17 beautiful years they hosted friends and family alike on their ranch. In 2018, they moved to Frisco, Texas, to be closer to their grandchildren. At every stop along the journey, Sherry made dear, life-long friends.

Sherry devoted her life to serving others, both within and outside of her family. She served at church, as a troop leader, in the community and spent time with friends and family. She always put others before herself. In addition, she was an avid reader, loved to sew, cook, attend musicals and very much enjoyed spending time with her P.E.O. sisters in both the IY (Frisco, Texas) and J (Buffalo) chapters. When living in Buffalo, she spent time with Chuck feeding cattle on their ranch and was actively involved with Habitat for Humanity.

She is survived by her loving husband of 47 years, Chuck (also known as Duney) Keffer; their two daughters, Elizabeth Emerson, of Frisco, and Mary Jane Keffer, of Pasco, Washington; son-in-law Erik Emerson; grandchildren, Tate Emerson (17) and Megan Emerson (15), of Frisco; an aunt, Dora Keffer of Buffalo; siblings, Mary Simmons (twin), Paula Pope, Bill Smith and Janie Schaepe; many nieces, nephews, and their families; and many life-long friends. She was preceded in death by parents, Lee Harris Smith and Vivian Elizabeth Anderson Smith.

Celebrating Sherry Keffer’s beautiful life will look different because of COVID-19 challenges and wanting to protect and keep everyone safe and healthy. While an in-person service is not possible, we will enter a final memorial post on her CaringBridge website,, to honor her legacy on Sept. 23, 2020. We invite anyone that knew Sherry to read the post and comment with their favorite memory.

Executive editor

Jen Sieve-Hicks is the Bulletin's executive editor. She has covered schools, agriculture and government for the Bulletin.