Sherry Stapp

  • Born: May 8, 1968
  • Died: March 7, 2021
  • Location: Royse City, Texas

Charles W. Smith & Sons Funeral Home

2343 Lake Rd.
Lavon, TX 75166

Tribute & Message From The Family


Sherry Lynn Stapp was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on May 8th, 1968 passed away Sunday March 7th, 2021. Sherry is the daughter of Ron and Carolyn McGarraugh who are still living. Sherry grew up in Bethany, Oklahoma. She was preceded in death by her grandparents Lloyd and Marie McGarraugh of Perryton Texas and Charles and Juanita Sherrill of Bethany Oklahoma. She is survived by her husband Zane, daughter Carissa and son in law Chris Small, their two girls Nora and Xaryah, her son Westin, her brother Steve McGarraugh, his wife lilly, and sister Susan, with her husband Johnathon and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and friends that she loved.

Sherry grew up in Bethany as a member of the Bethany First Church of the Nazarene, graduated high school from Putnam City West High School in 1986 and studied early childhood education at Southern Nazarene University graduating in 1990. Upon graduation she began her career as a Title I reading teacher at Western Oaks Elementary. The same school she attended as a child.

In February 1991 Bobbie the computer matched Sherry up with Zane Stapp on a phone dating service. This was before internet dating had yet to be thought of. The first time they connected they talked for over 4 hours and agreed to meet on Saturday. Zane cooked dinner for Sherry at her apartment and she made him chocolate chip cookies for dessert. Once they were married Zane would cook and Sherry would bake for the next 28 years.

After dating for 6 months Zane asked Ron if it was okay to ask Sherry to marry him. Ron gave his blessing, and on a rainy night after a date Zane asked Sherry "the scary question." Zane had secretly hidden her ring inside her apartment to keep it safe. He took her on the balcony to watch the rain and got down on one knee and she said yes.

They were married a year later on June, 19th 1992 at Bethany First Church. They honeymooned in Minnesota and fished. Sherry and Zane were fishing buddies their entire marriage. They rented a tiny rent house in Bethany and Sherry continued to work as a teacher while Zane finished college and sold cars. Three months into their marriage, on the day after Zane's 23rd birthday, Sherry showed up at Zane's work with a happy birthday balloon and a card that read "Happy Birthday Daddy, Mommy did not know I was here until today". Sherry and Zane would have their first child. About four months later they would buy a bigger house and move to Yukon Oklahoma to bring their daughter home. So on June 19th,1993, on their one year wedding anniversary, Sherry gave birth to their daughter Carissa Lenae Stapp. The best anniversary present ever.

Zane would graduate college from Central Oklahoma and begin teaching and coaching for Moore Public Schools. After about 4 years, knowing their family was not complete they decided to have another child. Sherry became pregnant and so once again they would move and bought a house in Oklahoma City near Hefner golf course. Both Zane and Sherry enjoyed golfing together throughout their lives. On February 20th, 1998 Westin Coleman Stapp was born. Now their family was complete.

One Sunday after church in the summer of 1999 Zane was reading the newspaper at Ron and Carolyn's house and he saw an advertisement for science teachers needed in Richardson Texas. So Zane called and found out they also needed a wrestling coach and had a Reading Recovery job for Sherry. So later that week they would interview in Richardson while taking turns taking care of Westin. Sherry was hired on the spot so that made Zane's job a slam dunk. While in Richardson they wandered into the Richardson Church of the Nazarene and got a referral for child care for Westin and found their church home for the next 22 years. So in a 2 week time period God had literally picked them up and moved them to Texas.

Shortly after moving Sherry and Zane would buy a house on Shamrock Place in Richardson. Both children would go through RISD and graduate from Berkner High School. Sherry would teach at 3 schools in Richardson ISD finding her home at Dartmouth Elementary down the street from their house. This is where she earned the nickname the kindergarten whisper and was named teacher of the year for the school. Recognizing the countless hours and effort she put into her students. She would teach at Dartmouth until Zane got a job in Pilot Point in 2016.

The couple did not stay in Pilot Point very long but made lifelong friends along the way. While in Pilot Point they attended Gracepoint Nazarene Church which is on the site of the first original Nazarene Church started in the late 1800's. After only 2 years, they moved to their current home in Royse City Texas. Sherry taught pre-k in Pilot Point and taught Kindergarten at Springer Elementary in Rockwall ISD. During her first year at Springer she was named teacher of the month recognizing the master teacher she was. Every stop along the way Sherry made an impact on the staff she worked with, and the kids she taught. God gave her the gift of hospitality and she used it. She cared for others more than she cared for herself and she made lifelong friends not just close acquaintances.

Two of the most special people she cared for were her grandchildren Nora and Xaryah Small. She enjoyed spending time with them, playing games, doing dress up, and especially teaching Nora to read. Despite the cancer being aggressive, and Sherry going through radiation in 2020, she did online schooling with Nora so she would have a great start to her kindergarten year. Because of this Nora is reading and writing and just like all of Sherry's students she had the kindergarten whisperer right beside her guiding her the whole way.

While at Dartmouth In 2010 Sherry would be diagnosed with breast cancer the first time. They caught it early and after having a mastectomy everything seemed fine, but this cancer would later return in 2019. This time It had spread to her hip bone and so after having surgery in 2019 Sherry would have to retire from teaching. She would spend the next 15 months fighting this cancer and never gave up. She tried multiple treatments and nothing seemed to work. On Friday March 5th Sherry would go in for an outpatient procedure that seemed harmless. However, it caused her blood pressure to drop and her body being weakened by cancer and chemo she never fully recovered. She passed away peacefully on the evening of March 7th, 2021 with her family nearby and Zane and Carissa holding her hand.

For many the story stops there, but with Sherry her faith in Jesus Christ was what got her through all the tough times. She had such a close relationship with God that He had told her on her birthday in 2020 that this would be her last one here on earth. For some that would be scary. She fought the cancer so she could be with those she loved as long as possible. However, she was far from scared of dying. So as we have immense pain for our loss, Sherry is now pain free in heaven. As we grieve the loss of a dear daughter, sister, wife, mother, bammy and friend to anyone she met, just know that she is now smiling in heaven and she still loves you.


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Condolence & Memory Journal

I knew Sherry at Western Oaks Elementary when she first began teaching. I can say she is truly everything everyone has said about her. Kind, generous, caring, and such a lovely woman and teacher. Her students, coworkers, and friends were so fortunate to have her in their lives. She will be greatly missed, and made a huge impact on all she knew. Sending ❤ to her family.

Posted by Laura Ivy - Bethany, OK - Friend   March 13, 2021

Zane, we grieve with you in the loss of Sherry. What a sweet, kind spirit she had. She had such an easy going personality. We had many trips together in our youth group.

Posted by Rita McClain - Bethany, OK - Friend   March 11, 2021

I am so sad to read of the loss of Sherry. I first met Sherry in Caravans at Bethany First Church of the Nazarene. We were both in elementary school. Her mom, Carolyn was our Caravan leader. I loved Sherry and Mrs. McGarraugh from the first meeting. Sherry was so sweet, friendly, and welcoming and so was her mom. I remember using pre-made biscuits from a can to make the shape of a bunny rabbit and so many other fun and creative things with the Sherry and Mrs. McGarraugh. Please take care of yourselves as Sherry would want you to do. Love endures forever and that is our comfort. -Mary Worthan Lukaszek

Posted by Mary Worthan Lukaszek - Oklahoma City, OK - Friend   March 11, 2021

I had the privilege of being the small group leader for Sherry in the junior high youth group at Bethany First Church. Sherry, Laura, Jennifer and Gina were all part of the small group. I remember sleep ins at my house and times of just watching these precious young ladies search for their selves and strengthening their relationships with Christ. Sherry's smile and laughter has always remained a memorable feature. To know that she knew and walked with the Father is the dream of every youth worker. See ya later Sherry...job well done.

Posted by Karen Allen - Yukon, OK - Friend   March 11, 2021

Zane I am so sorry for your loss Sherry was a wonderful and kind person my prayers are going out to you and the kids and all of your family

Posted by Lynnette Gable - Las Vegas, NV - Friend   March 10, 2021

Hey Zane, This is Susan (Squire) Smith. I am sooo sorry for the loss of your beautiful wife. I want you to know that I'm thinking about you. You are such a dear friend of mine.

I remember meeting your wife for the first time one evening when Ben Lurie and I met you two at the bowling alley in the Gold Coast. It was obvious then that you two would be together forever. You hadn't been dating too long but the way you looked at each other....you could tell it was true love from the start.

I'm praying for you and the rest of your family for strength and peace.

Thinking about you.....
Susan

Posted by Susan Smith - Henderson, NV - Friend   March 10, 2021

Hey Zane,
This is Susan (Squire) Smith. I am sooo sorry for the loss of your beautiful wife. I want you to know that I'm thinking about you. You are such a dear friend of mine.

I remember meeting your wife for the first time one evening when Ben Lurie and I met you two at the bowling alley in the Gold Coast. It was obvious then that you two would be together forever. You hadn't been dating too long but the way you looked at each other....you could tell it was true love from the start.

I'm praying for you and the rest of your family for strength and peace.

Thinking about you.....
Susan

Posted by Susan Smith - Henderson, NV - Friend   March 10, 2021

I've had the pleasure of knowing Sherry for almost 20 years! She and her husband Zane gave me my first job as a babysitter to their two children, Carissa and Westin. I babysitter for them for many years and have had the pleasure to see the family grow as time went on. I have several fond memories of Sherry. There wasn't a soul on this earth who she didn't love. Sherry use to make blueberry cheesecakes for the kids. They had to have a special kind so Sherry would always make me a separate one so I could snack along with the kids. And boy were they delicious! Because I was a teen at that time, Zane and Sherry became like parents to me. Zane was already one of my school teachers, but they loved me like I was one of their own. Sherry even taught me how to drive! She would let me drive the van when she was taking me home and teach me all sorts of lessons. To this day, I still mention her by name whenever I do something in the car that she taught me. I will cherish all my memories with Sherry. I loved her very much and she will remain a piece of my heart forever.

Posted by Kate McPherson-Johnson - Richardson, TX - Family   March 10, 2021

Many of us have been reflecting on our former co-worker and dear friend, Sherry McGarraugh Stapp. We used to tease Sherry and call her the kindergarten whisperer because she had such a way with children. Really, we should have called her the adult whisperer, too, because she had such a calming spirit. You couldn't be around Sherry and have a bad day at the same time because she wouldn't allow it. She saw the bright side of everything. She always went out of her way to check on those around her. Zane Stapp and Sherry were a package deal- in fact, I remember meeting him up at the school before Sherry could get there because she wanted a head start on the curriculum so he picked them up for her. Zane spent many hours up at school helping her (and us!) and their love for one another was evident. I am blessed to have known Sherry as an educator and as a person. Her faith in the Lord was strong and she loved to share His faithfulness to her with others. She made a huge difference in the lives of many including my own. The picture below is when she was chosen by our staff as staff member of the month. It was her first year with us which again shows the big impact she made in a short time.

Posted by Sara Reeves - Rockwall, TX - Coworker   March 10, 2021

So many people have commented about your ability to teach reading - and that was an amazing skill. But you also also taught our children in your charge to accept and recognize their daily action's impact on other's feelings. I will never forget the time you took a plain piece of white paper and crumpled it in your hand and then tried to smooth it out as best you could. You said, "Will this piece of paper ever be the same?" Wow. That is teaching at a level beyond what we expect or hope for. You were an angel, Sherry. I will miss you terribly.

Posted by Angela Minton - Richardson, TX - Friend   March 09, 2021

I remember the first time I took you guys a meal shortly after Sherry had the first surgery on her leg. I always loved visiting with Sherry and went thinking I would provide encouragement to her, but of course she encouraged me instead. She told me a story about how she woke up a couple nights before to go to the bathroom. When she got back to bed and sat on the edge, she wondered how she was going to get her legs on the bed because she wasn't supposed to lift her legs herself. She didn't want to wake up Zane because she knew he was tired. It's just like Sherry to always think of others before herself. So instead of waking up Zane and asking him to help, she prayed and asked the Lord to help her think of a way she could get her legs on the bed by herself. God immediately gave her a thought about how to get in bed alone, and it worked. Sherry not only talked to God about everything, but God talked to her about everything too. Sherry had learned to listen to God's voice. Every time I visited with her, she would tell me what God was teaching her. I think if Sherry were here to have one more conversation, she'd tell me that there's nothing really special about her (even though she was very special) and that God would speak to me like that too. Sherry would implore us to abide in Christ. She modeled that close relationship with God for us to follow.

Posted by Gloria Nelson - Nevada, TX - Friend   March 09, 2021

I will never forget, Kindergarten went from half day to full day, thus requiring another Kindergarten teacher at Dartmouth Elementary. Being one year out of college and my second year as a Kindergarten Teacher, I had heard I would be working with an amazing teacher named Sherry, who was highly experienced in reading recovery. I was looking forward to meeting her, and the day I did, we had an instant connection! Here was this amazing, positive, kind, gentle, softly spoken woman, who had the grace of a Saint. We made the perfect combination. I was highly energetic, and she was calm and reassuring. She let me share my ideas with planning lessons, and she never hesitated at my wacky ideas, and there were plenty of them to go around. There was nothing we couldn't do together. We enjoyed each other's company throughout the entire day. Whether we were getting started for the day, having lunch together, or chatting during recess or after school, we were always engaged in wonderful conversations. I learned so much about her beautiful family and her faith. To me, Sherry was a guiding light for the world. I highly respected her and was constantly in awe at how well she handled tough situations. Her first year at Dartmouth gave her a challenging group. She always found patience and wisdom when conflicting behaviors created less than desirable circumstances. I remember her taking pause, a deep breath, and moving forward. She never lost her composure. If she was overwhelmed, she never showed it. She deserved the title: The Kindergarten Whisperer. After school was over, Carissa and Westin would walk in to the classroom and start to do their homework while Sherry and I planned lessons together. I remember thinking: I hope one day when I have a family, I will have it together like Sherry does. I have always admired her beautiful light. Now that light shines on in those she touched along the way. I love you, Sherry. Thank you for being such a beautiful loving light in our lives.

Posted by Aimee Loderus - Austin, TX - Friend   March 09, 2021

Bless you all at this time.

Posted by Sherry Pierce - Mckenzie, TN - Family Friend   March 09, 2021

Many of us have been reflecting on our former co-worker and dear friend, Sherry McGarraugh Stapp. We used to tease Sherry and call her the kindergarten whisperer because she had such a way with children. Really, we should have called her the adult whisperer, too, because she had such a calming spirit. You couldn't be around Sherry and have a bad day at the same time because she wouldn't allow it. She saw the bright side of everything. She always went out of her way to check on those around her. Zane Stapp and Sherry were a package deal- in fact, I remember meeting him up at the school before Sherry could get there because she wanted a head start on the curriculum so he picked them up for her. Zane spent many hours up at school helping her (and us!) and their love for one another was evident. I am blessed to have known Sherry as an educator and as a person. Her faith in the Lord was strong and she loved to share His faithfulness to her with others. She made a huge difference in the lives of many including my own. The picture below is when she was chosen by our staff as staff member of the month. It was her first year with us which again shows the big impact she made in a short time.

Posted by Sara Reeves - Rockwall, TX - Coworker   March 09, 2021

Dear Zane,
I am so sorry to hear of Sherry's passing. She sounded like a remarkable lady. I know she was greatly loved and will be greatly missed. I am praying for you and your family. Praying for peace and comfort and strength, both now and in the days to come.
Sincerely,
Melinda Lewis
RHS

Posted by Melinda Lewis Lewis - Wylie, TX - Coworker   March 09, 2021

Sherry was ALWAYS a source of encouragement. It was my joy and honor to call her friend. I was honored to be a part of a text group that she was in. Even when our prayer 'concern'/focus was about her, she would encourage us, pray for us, ask about our lives. She cared about others. She did not let her pain keep her from expressing her love for others nor her love for Jesus. She loved Jesus passionately and trusted Him with her life. I will forever be better because Sherry Stapp was my friend. I always enjoyed talking with her in person, on the phone, and over text. I will miss her. I am rejoicing that she is no longer in pain and that she is with her Lord and Savior, whom she loved so well. My heart hurts for her family. She loved you deeply and was extremely proud of each one of you. Love, RuthAnn Riggle

Posted by RuthAnn Riggle - Wylie, TX - Friend   March 09, 2021

It was so sad to hear that Sherry McGarraugh Stapp has passed away after a long battle with cancer. She was a wonderful educator, coworker and friend. She was my son Wil's kindergarten teacher. He would often tell me about games they would play. His favorite was her subitizing song which I use in my own classroom today. Even when she was in pain from the cancer and surgeries she would still say that she wanted to put her students first and came to work everyday with a smile until the doctors told her she couldn't anymore.

The world has one fewer kind soul in it today, but there is a sense of calm and comfort knowing that she is no longer suffering after such a long battle. She fought hard and she fought bravely. I know she is still teaching, that was God's calling for her, so there is not doubt in my mind that she is in heaven teaching those little angels.

Please pray for her kids, grand daughter and her husband Zane Stapp. Sherry and Zane have a very loving relationship. She used to love to tell the story about how they met. There were countless times when I saw Zane up at the school after hours helping her cut things out or organizing classroom materials, driving her to work when she couldn't drive herself and making arrangements so she could be at the kite flying night even after he had worked all day just so she could see her students after she left.

Love you Sherry, we will get to work together again someday.

Posted by Dawn Krahl - Rockwall, TX - Coworker   March 09, 2021

Sherry was an amazing woman of God, a selfless co worker, and a dear friend. She will be missed on this side of heaven.

Posted by Cathy Malone - Pilot Point, TX - Friend   March 09, 2021

She was so loved and will be so missed. Sherry was always so kind to others. You could just sit next her and feel the grace coming off of her. And that's the way everyone should live their life. I loved getting to eat dinner, watch a new movie, and play games w her. She was an amazing woman. The last time I saw sherry was on FaceTime after I had an anaphylactic reaction and just seeing how happy she was to see me made me feel so loved.

Posted by Faith Hanson - Bethany, OK - Family Friend   March 09, 2021