Sherry Lynn Bryan Murray, 71, of Carmel, was born in Warsaw, IN on January 25, 1947, daughter of Mott and Mildred Johnson Bryan. She was raised in Mentone, IN where she was a 1965 graduate of Mentone High School. Sherry was a member of the National Honor Society, a cheerleader, member of school choir, and the girls Triple Trio.
She continued her education at the University of Evansville where she became a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha National Sorority in 1966 and graduated from the School of Nursing in 1969.
Following graduation, she continued her training in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps as an officer. She was stationed at Ft. Sam Houston, TX, Ft. Benning, GA and Ft. Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis, IN before her honorable discharge in 1970.
Sherry worked as a Registered Nurse for several medical groups, the last being Beacon Obstetrics & Gynecology before retiring in 2000.
Sherry enjoyed gardening. She was an Advanced Master Gardner with the Hamilton County Gardner’s. She also enjoyed traveling. She and Steve traveled over most of the USA from border to border and coast to coast. Her most favorite place in the States to visit was Colonial Williamsburg, VA where she visited several times. They took large boat cruises in the Eastern and Western Caribbean and the Mexican Riviera. The smaller riverboats were favored especially when cruising in Alaska, and the Danube river. Additional cruises included the Rhine river where they attended the Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany, the Volga from St. Petersburg to Moscow and on the Porto in Portugal and Spain. Other travels took them Italy, Ireland, Scotland, England and a more recent trip to Paris and London.
Sherry was initiated into Zeta Tau Alpha National Sorority in 1966. Shortly after they moved to Carmel, IN in 1972, she became active in the Zeta Tau Alpha Indianapolis Alumnae Association. She received the Certificate of Merit in 2002. She became President of the Indianapolis Alumnae group from 2002 - 2004 and District President from 2005 – 2007. Sherry received an Honor Ring at the ZTA National Convention in 2008. From 2004 - 2010, she was a member on the Indiana University Chapter House Corporation and served as the Recording Secretary for several of those years.
Sherry was a member of the Carmel United Methodist Church and current member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Carmel, IN.
Sherry and Steve were fans of the Indianapolis Colts having been original ticket holders for the last 35 years. Currently they are 40 year ticket holders of the Indianapolis 500.
Sherry’s greatest joy in life was her family-particularly her grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, Sherry was preceded in death by her sister Mary Ellen Wilson (Elson) and brother, James (Connie) Millard Bryan.
Survivors include her devoted husband of 49 years, Steven Murray; daughters, Stephanie (Dean) Solesky and Stacey (Bill) Bettis; grandchildren, Billy Bettis, Allison Solesky, Katelyn Solesky, Ryann Solesky, and Ashlynn Bettis.
Family and friends will gather on Friday, September 7, 2018 from 5-7 pm and Saturday, September 8, from 9-11 am in St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 4780 E 126th Street, Carmel where the Celebration of Life Service will begin at 11 am.
The family requests donations in memory of Sherry, be given to St. Mark’s United Methodist Church Missions Fund or donor’s favorite charity.
Bussell Family Funerals, Carmel-Westfield is privileged to assist the family with arrangements.