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Clara Jean "CJ" Sherrill

Obituary for Clara Jean "CJ" Sherrill

January 29, 1932 - November 9, 2017
Austin, Texas | Age 85


Clara Jean "CJ" Sherrill was born in Austin, Texas, on Jan. 29, 1932. She grew up in a house that was located on what is now part of the University of Texas campus. She spent her childhood running around the college with her best friend Mickey, exploring different buildings and befriending the custodians. She could often be found catching a ride on the dust mops in the UT basketball gymnasium!

CJ graduated from Austin High and was a member of the Red Jackets drill team. She attended college at UT and was actively involved with her sorority, Delta Gamma. She remained engaged as an alumna, serving on the house corp for many years. CJ was also a member of UT's synchronized swimming team, and even worked as one of the first mermaids of Aquarena Spring's in San Marcos, swimming alongside Ralph the pig.

CJ was the mother of four children – Mike, Susan, Scott and Jim. Sadly, Susan died at the age of 5 due to complications from heart surgery. CJ raised her three boys in Austin, spending time together camping at Camp Ben McCulloch and enjoying days on Lake Austin.

CJ loved all sports, but she especially enjoyed cheering on her Longhorns. She followed both men's and women's teams and was a baseball season ticket holder for years. She liked watching the Olympics and closely followed professional tennis and auto racing – she even served as the Sports Car Club of America chief timer and scorer for the Lone Star region.

CJ was actively involved in Texas politics. She served as Governor John Connelly's itinerary secretary and was preparing an evening reception for the Kennedys at the Governor's Mansion on that fateful day in 1963 before receiving a phone call that the president and governor had both been shot. She went on to work for Governor Connelly's presidential campaign. She was also an administrative assistant to Texas legislature oil and gas lobbyists and remained engaged with county GOP politics after her retirement.

In 2004, CJ moved to Sun City Texas in Georgetown, where she immediately found her community. She loved playing cards, enjoyed swim classes, social activities and was a life long avid reader. She visited North Texas often to see her grandchildren Alli and Parker.

CJ is survived by her son Mike; her son Scott and his wife Debbie; her son Jim and his wife Judi; her granddaughter Alli and her husband Stephen; and her grandson Parker.

She passed away peacefully on November 9, 2017.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dementia Society of America.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 North Lamar Blvd.

Funeral Service 1:00 pm on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at Weed-Corley-Fish North Chapel. Interment will follow at Austin Memorial Park.

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  • In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dementia Society of America.

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Austin, TX 78705
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