Sharry Lynn Smull, 52, of Durkee, Oregon passed away on August 31, 2018. A Rosary will be held at St. Frances de Sales Cathedral on Thursday, September 6, 2018, at 6:00 PM. A Memorial Mass will be held on Friday, September 7, 2018, at 10:00 AM at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral. Inurnment at Mt. Hope Cemetery will directly follow the service. Friends and family are invited to a reception at the Durkee Grange after the Inurnment.
Sharry Lynn Smull (Bloomer) was born on December 16, 1965 to Shirley Bernice Hindman and Gary Earl Bloomer in Baker City, Oregon. Her heart stopped on August 31, 2018 in her home that she and Dale built together with love.
She was the first grandchild on both sides of the family and was showered with love and attention. This might have spoiled some children, but it started Sharry on a selfless path of giving that love back tenfold while becoming a caring, loving, and selfless soul. Sharry was born a Rancher’s Daughter, and despite her youthful declarations that she would be anything but… she became a Rancher’s Wife and eventually a Rancher’s Mother.
Being raised as a young girl on the ranch in Durkee she developed a love of animals which parlayed itself into her participating in 4-H. Not only did she memorize the 4-H Pledge and become a master Sheep show woman, but she also created a strange phenomenon of young boys from all over Baker County hanging out around the sheep barn hoping to catch a glimpse of the beautiful “Bloomer Girl” from Durkee.
She attended Baker Schools and her High School career culminated in a 1984 graduation and was filled with memory making with friends as part of Pep Club, Cheerleading, Honor Society, Ski Club, Mat Maids (back in the day this was the quirky name given to the girls that were the Wrestling Statisticians), FBLA and she was voted by her classmates to be one of the select few Pep Night Princesses. During these years she continued to be admired for her “Snow White” like beauty and kindness by her friends and many willing suitors but Sharry only had eyes for one lucky young man…Dale Smull.
It was this connection to Dale that led her back to Eastern Oregon after a short stay at Oregon State University to finish her education at Eastern Oregon State College. Sharry loved Dale with all her heart and made sure that anyone that stood in the way of their path towards marriage knew it. They made it official and tied the knot on February 22, 1985 in Reno, Nevada. She remained a supportive, patient, loving and loyal wife for more than 33 years.
Like all great Rancher’s wives Sharry had a career in town that provided income and benefits for her family. She chose the role of pharmacy technician and worked in both Baker and finally at Grande Ronde Hospital in LaGrande. She made many valued friendships and memories over the years with her co-workers.
Being the oldest child Sharry became a natural in the role of second mother to her siblings, nieces, nephews and kids in the community that needed her guidance. This made her transition into motherhood seamless when she gave birth to Jared and Jillona. Her selfless nature made it an easy task to support her children’s passions, interests and education. She spent countless weekends travelling with Jared for rodeo, chaperoned Jillona all over the NW during her reign as rodeo royalty and beamed with pride when she spoke of their educational pursuits and when taking pictures with them and of them as they collected their degrees. She lovingly participated to create beautiful wedding venues in Durkee for both of them and cherished her Mother/Daughter trips with her Jillybug.
As an Aunt, Sharry was the kind of Aunt everyone wishes they had or wants to be when they become one. She invited her nieces and nephews out to the ranch to bake cookies and magical, full of healing love cinnamon rolls for every imaginable holiday or just to love them up. She always had a broke horse haltered or an old 4-wheeler ready for an afternoon ride, she would be the keeper of their secrets, she was not afraid to discipline them like a Mother, she was at every athletic event her work schedule would allow and she attended every milestone in their lives. Again, the word selfless comes to mind.
In her final act Sharry got to become a Grandmother and experienced the purest kind of joy and fulfillment. So even though her heart was struggling to stay in rhythm, it was overflowing with love for her Granddaughters. Lorelei grappled with this loss of her beloved cinnamon roll making Grandma by saying “And we will never have ones as good as Grammy makes again.”
Sharry’s Dad described her enthusiasm for life and her excitement over even small things on family trips. He said she always stayed engaged in conversation with him and he lamented how much he will miss her as a travelling partner. Others will miss the cookie care packages that meant you were one of her loved ones. Everyone that knew Sharry and witnessed how she smiled with her whole face will feel her absence and miss the opportunities to see her and earn that smile.
She leaves behind a legacy of living a life of selflessness and a life full of grace…may her memory be eternal, and may she be embraced into Heaven by the outstretched arms of her Mother who modeled these same traits.
Sharry was preceded in death by her mother, Shirley Bloomer.
Sharry is survived by her husband Dale Smull, son Jared Smull (Amanda), daughter Jillona Frangipani (Danny), granddaughters Lorelei and Laelynn Smull, sisters Tammy Pierce (Shane) and Cindy Chandler, brother Craig Bloomer (Peter), father Gary Bloomer (Kathy) and stepsister NaTosha Marley (Tom), nieces, Marley and Hollis Robb, Sydnee Pierce, Kyndal Chandler and nephews Tabor, Jackson and Palmer Chandler. And so many more loved ones that she took under her wing.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to an education fund for Sharry's grandchildren. You may make your donations to Jared Smull through Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel at 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.