September 3, 1944 - July 8, 2018

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018 1:00 PM First Baptist Church


Visitation Wednesday, July 18, 2018 from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM at First Baptist Church

Sheryl Lee "Sherry" Virts, 73, of Mechanicsburg, passed away Sunday, July 8, 2018 in the James Cancer Hospital, Columbus.

She was born September 3, 1944 in Bellefontaine, the daughter of William Strayer Brown and Florence (Taylor) Hurley. She was a graduate of the first class of West Liberty Salem High School, Urbana Junior College where she was valedictorian of her class, and Wright State University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. Sherry taught math at Urbana High School for 20 years before her retirement. She was a member of the Retired Teachers of Champaign County, Champaign County Historical Society, Champaign County Preservation Alliance, Buck Creek Women's Club, Champaign County Northeast Farm Council #9, the First Baptist Church of Urbana, and the vocal group Guys and Dolls.

Sherry and her husband Dick were awarded a National Community Service Award from the Champaign County Chapter of the DAR in 2015. Sherry very much enjoyed her volunteer work at the Urbana Champaign County Senior Center preparing income tax returns for people in the community. She was a lifelong avid collector of antiques and "stuff".

Sherry is survived by her husband of 53 years, Charles Richard Virts; her daughter, Jill (Keith) Kessler of Mechanicsburg; her son, David (Tracey) Virts of Marysville; her grandchildren, Tate Christian Virts and Olivia Lauren Virts; her brother, William (Kay) Brown; her sisters, Carol Baker, Susie Spires and Jenny McCumber; and her 11 nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her stepmother, Esther (Teach) Brown; and her sister, Mikela Schmidt.

Memorial services will be held at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 in the First Baptist Church, Urbana, with Pastor Brian Wonn officiating. The family will receive friends 2 hours prior to the service from 11-1.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Champaign County Historical Museum, 809 E. Lawn Ave., Urbana, Ohio 43078.

Services are entrusted to VERNON FUNERAL HOME, Urbana.

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Ann K Shows - Jul 17, 2018
You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Ben and Ann (Kessler) Shows
The Allman's - Jul 17, 2018
Dave, Tracey, Tate & Olivia - we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Sandy and Vince Gonzalez - Jul 10, 2018
So very sorry to hear of Sheryl's passing. She was a dear friend and a devout Christian - we know she is with her Lord and at peace.
Frank Turner - Jul 10, 2018
Prayers and sympathy for the entire family in this time of loss. No words can express the sorrow nor fill the void.
dick and sheila wynia - Jul 10, 2018
dick so sorry to hear of sheryl passing. she was a teacher to my 3 children and she will be deeply missed. our thoughts and prayers go out to you and the family

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