Obituary: Lois Strahl Sherman Linn
October 24, 2008
Lois Strahl Sherman Linn of Ashland, Ore. and Homewood, Calif., passed away on Oct. 13, 2008 at her home at Mountain View Retirement Residence. Lois was born Sept. 24, 1915, in Portland, Ore., to Asa Clifford and Nellie Headley Strahl. She grew up in Whittier, Calif., with her two older brothers, Don and Lynn. She graduated at 16, attended a year of business college and then Chapman College.
She graduated in 1938 and her circle of friends exemplified the values of Christian leadership. Lois and Chapman alum, B.F. “Bev” Sherman, were married July 21, 1940, in Los Angeles. They moved to Sacramento in 1946. They raised their family in Sacramento and retired to Lake Tahoe in 1971. Lois taught elementary school, managed the office for the California Secondary School Administrators Legislative Group and edited journals. She volunteered for civic and religious organizations, including the First Christian Church of Sacramento and the League of Women Voters. After moving to Tahoe, Lois joined the AAUW, the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society, became a watercolor artist, was a founding member of the Sierra Artists Network, was active with Arts for the Schools. After Bev passed away in 1976, Lois renewed a friendship with Ray Linn. They married on July 22, 1978. Ray passed away in 1994. In 2005, she Mountain View Retirement Residence in Ashland. Lois was a joyful woman and a wonderful wife and mother, a talented artist. Lois is survived by her daughter Kay Lynne Sherman of Ashland; her son, Ben Sherman and his wife, Gwen, of Mercer Island, Wash.; her daughter Jan Burt and her husband, Jim, of Middleton, Wisc.; and her stepson Larry Linn and his wife, Joy, of Punta Gorda, Fla. She is also survived by five grandchildren: Steven, Thomas and Emily Burt, and Star and Jennifer Sherman. A memorial service will be held June 28, 2009 at 2 p.m. at the Squaw Valley Chapel, 440 Squaw Peak Road., Olympic Valley, Calif. Memorials may be made in her name to the Squaw Valley Chapel, P.O. Box 7437, Tahoe City, CA, 96145 or to the Arts for the Schools, P.O. Box 230, Tahoe Vista, CA, 96148 or to a charity of your choice.