Sheryln Kay Hunter, retired schoolteacher, passed away on July 9th, 2023, in Burbank, California. She was 79. Born in Los Angeles on October 16, 1943, to parents Ruth and Harris Shupe, the family lived in several cities around the country, finally establishing home in Indianola, Iowa, near extended family.
Sheryln graduated high school there, earned her bachelor’s degree from Coe College and her teaching certificate. She drove to California in her ‘68 convertible VW to pursue her career and raise a family. She loved music, was active in church, enjoyed the outdoors and visits with family and friends in Iowa.
As a bilingual second grade teacher in El Monte and San Gabriel school districts, Sheryln brought a sense of whimsy to her students and a passion for reading and creativity. While teaching adult English-Second-Language courses, she made new friends from around the world and shared their cultures and cuisines with her family.
Sheryln celebrated holidays with colorful fashion and home décor, raised her sons to be open-minded individuals, and celebrated their college graduations, careers, and marriages. She traveled the world and moved to San Clemente to fulfill her dream of living by the ocean; enjoying her sunlit garden oasis, visits with lifelong friends and four granddaughters who brought her tremendous joy.
Throughout her life, Sheryln survived tornados, snowstorms, earthquakes, a house fire, cancer, and COVID-19, but finally succumbed to an ill-fated battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Sheryln is survived by sons David Hunter of Burbank, California, and Andrew Hunter of San Marcos, California; granddaughters Marion and Jane Hunter; Parker and Kennedy Hunter, and sister Susan Shupe of Indianola, Iowa. Burial will take place in Liberty Center, Iowa.
Donations may be made in Sheryln’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association: https://www.alz.org