Sheryl Denise White was born June 27, 1954 to James White Jr. and Mary Gardner in Albany, New York. Sheryl lost both parents at an early age and was raised by her grandmothers Janie Willingham and Mary Lee.
She was educated in the Albany school district including Kenwood Academy. Sheryl completed her education where she attended West Virginia State University. Sheryl became a Supervisor/Case Manager for people with mental and substance abuse disorders. She traveled extensively after leaving the University. She spent several years in California and finally ended in Rochester where she spent several years. Here she met her partner, Regina Maye.
While in Rochester Sheryl was first diagnosed with brain cancer in 2003. While battling that she was also diagnosed with kidney and pelvic cancer. She won that fight and was in remission for several years.
Sheryl experienced a beautiful blessing in that while she was at the university, she had a child which, unfortunately she gave up for adoption. This child was Krystle Smith. Recently they took it upon themselves to try and find each other. They were successful and were reunited. Sheryl was so very happy and on her first Mother’s Day after they found each other, she stated “I can officially be called a mother”. Not only was she now a mother but a grandmother and great grandmother as well.
Sheryl loved music. She was a very outspoken activist. She was very passionate about many things and was not afraid to voice her thoughts.
In 2019 Sheryl moved back to Albany. In 2022, Sheryl was told that her cancer had returned. In March of 2023 the cancer got the best of her and she could no longer hide the fact that it had returned. She was emergently admitted to the Albany Medical Center Hospital.
Sheryl could no longer fight as the cancer was too extensive and, in her words, “I can’t do this anymore”. On April 20,2023 her fight ended.
Left to cherish her memory is her daughter Krystle Smith, Brothers; Dennis White (Wilma) and Ernest, Williams, Sister; Marie White, Uncle; Nathanial White (Janet), Aunt; Luretha Davenport, 2 Grandchildren, 2 Great grandchildren, a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Lovingly Submitted by her family.
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