Sherry Diane Wakeland, 51, of Maypearl passed away March 18, 2019. She was dearly loved and will forever be remembered as a beautiful wife, loving mother and dedicated teacher. Sherry met her husband, Christopher James Wakeland while attending Abilene Christian University. They married in Abilene on March 19, 1988, and after her husband’s graduation moved to Waxahachie; then soon after settled down to start their home of 25 years in Maypearl.
As a child, when asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, Sherry always said to be a Christian mother. Her proudest achievement in life was raising her four sons into respectable men. Sherry dedicated most of her life to nurturing the development of children whether it be her own sons or her children in the classroom. In 2012 Sherry returned to the classroom herself to complete her Bachelor’s degree and obtained her teaching certificate. She taught elementary school most recently at Hillsboro ISD for the last four years. Her passion for teaching was very clear to anyone who entered her classroom. Shaping her students’ minds to learn was Sherry’s true calling and witnessing her teaching was inspiring to us all.
Her life was overflowing and active with so many blessings but not without its trials. Sherry was diagnosed with breast cancer on January 18, 2018. A day that changed her and her family’s lives forever. Her brave journey over the next 14 months was a shining example of courage and determination for all those blessed to have her in their life.
She was preceded in death by her father Donald J. Ray. She leaves behind her mother Adah Ray, husband Chris Wakeland, her four sons Kyle Wakeland and his wife Samantha, Daniel Wakeland, Brett Wakeland, and Landon Wakeland, brother Mark Ray and his wife Rhonda Ray, nephews Matthew Ray and Nathan Ray, sister-in-law Lori Wakeland Duff, nephew Tyler Duff.
A memorial in her honor was held Thursday evening at Brown Street Church of Christ in Waxahachie. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to MD Anderson's Cancer Center to be made in memory of Sherry, specifically for Cancer Research.