Longtime West Falmouth summer resident Joanne Webster McSherry died October 30 in Needham. She was 88.
She was the widow of James Michael McSherry. They were married for 64 years at the time of his death on April 9 of this year.
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Marcia and Lindsay Webster, she was raised in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, where she graduated from Upper Darby High School. She furthered her education at Pembroke College in Brown University. It was at Pembroke that she met Mike McSherry, who was her brother’s roommate and fellow member of Brown’s wrestling team.
After she graduated from Brown in 1953, she settled in Cambridge, where she worked in research at the Harvard School of Public Health.
She married Mr. McSherry in Drexel Hill on February 5, 1955, and moved to Norfolk, Virginia, while he completed two tours of duty in the Mediterranean with the US Sixth Fleet. Following the Navy and her husband’s graduation from Harvard Business School in 1959, they lived with their growing family in Milton; Richmond, Virginia; Stamford, Connecticut; Studio City and Woodland Hills, California; Dallas, Texas; Mariemont, Ohio; Lake Forest, Illinois; and Wilton, Connecticut, before settling in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1989—weeks before Hurricane Hugo.
Ms. McSherry had an eye for color and design, which she expressed in drawing, painting, fine needlework and interior decor. In addition to traveling and living all over the country, she enjoyed trips abroad, from balloon rides and safaris in Africa, to river cruises in Russia and Europe, to winter getaways in Mexico and the Caribbean.
Nearly every year, the family summered at the home they called “Periwinkle” on Chapoquoit Island.
While living in Charleston she was honored with the JV Nichols award for her volunteer work with the Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy, providing support for individuals who have lost a loved one due to a tragic death. The JV Nichols award honors “someone that gives of themselves for the betterment of the community.”
Ms. McSherry leaves leaves four sons and their spouses, Peter and Eileen McSherry of Melrose, Mark and Leiko McSherry of West Falmouth, Andrew and Cheryl McSherry of Needham, and John and Maura McSherry of Newton; 11 grandchildren; her brother, Dr. Gordon Webster; her nieces Alison Webster and Linda Webster; and other family.
A memorial service will be Friday, December 6, at 11 AM at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 91 West Main Street in Falmouth.