Sherry L. Baum

This article was published November 11, 2017 at 4:00 a.m.

BISMARCK -- Sherry Lynn Baum, 56, of Bismarck, passed away Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, after battling cancer for over five years. Her perseverance, strength and courage were an example to friends and family who gathered to lift her in prayer and love during her final days. Every moment with this beautiful, smiling lady was a lesson that each day is a blessing and an opportunity to make memories.

Sherry was born in Toledo, Ohio, the youngest of 10 children born to the late Harold and Ruth Bunting. As a child, her cheerful presence and infinite optimism earned her the nickname "Smiley." Her smile and generosity of spirit never faded. In the '80s, Sherry arrived in Arkansas with her late husband, Kenneth Ray Baum, and daughter, also named Sherry, via a converted bus-RV. Though their destination had been Texas, the RV broke down near Caddo Valley, which they soon called home and happily adopted the saying "American by birth, Southern by the Grace of God."

Sherry's love of nature and true kindness were authentic; animals and children were drawn to her. Her "pets," which included goats, pigs, ducks, turkeys, dogs and miniature horses, to name a few, would come to the sound of her voice and follow wherever she would go. She also loved working at the school; it gave her the opportunity to put smiles in children's hearts, whether by a crazy Santa hat, silly scrubs or by an extra scoop of mashed potatoes to the one she knew did not have much at home. She never denied the requests of kids who needed a hug or wished to call her Mom.

Sherry knew the value of every moment, especially the simple ones which often pass unnoticed. In the stands at every home game, decorating the house for holidays, driving out to the dam for picnics, making crafts for school events, putting puzzles together and playing cards until 3 a.m., were some of her most valued. She taught all those who were lucky enough to know her about the power of positivity, the strength of a smile and the importance of every moment.

Sherry's life will be celebrated at 2 p.m. today, Nov. 11, 2017, in the chapel at Gross Funeral Home with a potluck gathering to follow at home.

In lieu of cut flowers, please bring a tree or bulb flower to be planted in her honor at the potluck gathering.

Online guestbook and tributes are available at http://www.GrossFuneralHome.com.

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