In loving memory of

Sherry T. McCarthy
February 20, 1945 - November 11, 2022

Sherry T. McCarthy, age 77, of Quincy, died on Friday, November 11, 2022 at 12:35 pm in Blessing Hospital.

Sherry was born on February 20, 1945 in Columbia, Missouri, the daughter of William and Edna Voss Trower. She spent her childhood in Columbia, and graduated high school in Alton, Illinois. She was married and had her daughter, Sherry Anne, and moved back to Columbia until her daughter was five years old. Sherry, her mother and daughter then moved St. Louis, Missouri.

Sherry was 40 years old when she met the love of her life, John McCarthy, on a blind date in St. Louis. They were married on February 15, 1986, and lived a full life together until he preceded her in death on June 22, 2018.

Sherry enjoyed gardening and cooking. She loved traveling, and traveled with John and also took trips with her daughter. She loved going out to dinner and enjoying fine dining.

Sherry had a soft spot for dogs, and she loved them all dearly.

Sherry is survived by her daughter, Sherry Anne Swegle; a brother-in-law, Richard Sorrels of Columbia, MO; three nieces and nephews, Laura LaCross of Indianapolis, IN, Rich Sorrels and Steve Sorrels, both of Columbia, MO; several great-nieces and great-nephews; family of hers and John's, spread across the United States; and her two dogs, Riley and Dexter.

Memorial Visitation: 4:00 to 6:00 pm on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home.

Memorial donations may be made to the Quincy K9 Connection or the Quincy Area Cat Coalition. Memorial donations may be made online at

Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.


Scott wrote on Nov 17, 2022:

"I am sorry for your loss Sherry Ann! I know how much your mom meant to you! I hope she is at peace now."

Cindy Spake wrote on Nov 15, 2022:

"Sherry Ann, thinking of you during this time of loss. You were the light of her life and I know you have lost your best friend. She will be missed by many friends and family members. May her memory be a blessing??."

Sylvana Purcell wrote on Nov 14, 2022:

"Sherry it has been a pleasure knowing you over the years & I still remember the very first time ,,Sherry Ann took me to meet you & John the warm welcome & kindness will always be with me ! As the holidays near Chris & I remember your perfect home setting & beautiful table deco you were the perfect host ! I wonder how many knew what a wonderful baker you were, the delicately decorated pastries & puffs you baked were delicious! When Farhad met you his reaction was mom what a beautiful lady Sherrys mom is he revived the same warm welcome as I & I thank you dear friend ! Nothing can take away sweet memories the heart holds ! We miss you , those that touch us stay in our heart forever . It?s time to say goodbye , but I think goodbyes are sad & I?d much rather say hello . Hello to a new adventure Sherry . Sylvana & Chris Purcell . "

Sylvana Purcell wrote on Nov 14, 2022:

"Sherry I can clearly remember meeting you & John for the very first time , when Sherry took me to meet your?l , &!the warm friendly welcome I got ! Nothing can take the sweet memories that the heart holds those that touch us stay with us forever. As the holidays near it saddens me & Chris as we remember the wonderful baking delicious Christmas dinners & beautiful table setting your choice of deco & class was one apart a true lady !When Farhad visited & met you he was so taken up with the kind welcome as did I & we love you ! Sherrys love for Dexter Reilly & animals was sincerely from her heart ! As I visit Sherry Ann & we think about you & the plans she had for you in the beautiful new home it deeply saddens me. It?s time I say goodbye dear , but I think goodbyes are sad & I?d much rather say hello . Hello to a new adventure. "

Taylor Cieciura wrote on Nov 14, 2022:

"I have such fond memories celebrating holidays and spending family time together. She will be greatly missed. Love, Taylor, Adam, and Blair Cieciura"

Laura LaCross wrote on Nov 14, 2022:

"Miss you, Aunt Sherry. Growing up, you took me under your wing and helped me shop for school clothes in St. Louis. You doted on my children and welcomed my friends. You were like my second mother. "

Jannie Bangs wrote on Nov 13, 2022:

"I am deeply saddened over the passing of Sherry McArthy who was my first cousin, and a lifelong friend. There is an old family picture with our parents and extended family where Sherry was about 3 and I was 18 months. Throughout our lives, we talked, laughed and shared a strong bond we learned from our parents who were such good friends. Although we never lived nearby, Sherry made sure to keep open all lines of communication, especially regarding family news. She will be dearly missed. I send my love and deepest sympathy to her daughter, Sherry Anne. "

Susan and Ken Dittmann wrote on Nov 13, 2022:

"So very sorry for your mothers passing Remember this: Your Mother is always with you. She?s the whisper of the leaves as you walk down the street, she?s the smell of certain foods you remember, flowers you pick, the fragrance of life itself. She?s the cool hand on your brow when you?re not feeling well, she?s your breath in the air on a cold winter?s day. She is the sound of the rain that lulls you to sleep, the colors of a rainbow. Your mother lives inside your laughter. She?s the place you came from, your first home, and she?s the map you follow with every step you take. She?s your first love, your first friend, even your first enemy, but nothing on earth can separate you. Not time, not space, not even death. ~ unknown"