Sheridan Lois Powell known to some as Sherry was born on January 3, 1950 in Pittsburgh PA, to Hardy and Virginia Powell. She was raised in the Homewood-Brushton Area where she attended Pittsburgh Public schools and graduated from George Westinghouse High School.
Growing up Sheridan attended Refuge Temple Church where she was baptized. She was an active member in the church and hosted several different youth activities. She devoted her summer months to working with children at the Homewood-Brushton Community Center. Later in life, she had a son, William Ray Powell in 1967, and in 1970 had a daughter, Shawnta Marie Stokes.
Sheridan began to work for US Airways as a flight attendant in the early 80’s. As a flight attendant she was able to travel the world, meet lots of people, try new foods, master the best ways to travel and in 1990 decided to leave Pittsburgh and move to Maryland. In between her flights Sheridan enjoyed traveling back and forth to Africa with Ousman Jobe and from those trips she would come back to the states and host Fashion shows. She would have her family and friends model her African pieces, and after the shows she would sell African clothing and art. She eventually retired from USAir in 2009 to go pursue her love for teaching and caring for others. To know Sheridan is to know that she could not just sit down and relax. She went on to be a teacher for Bright Horizons Childcare. She loved the children in her classrooms and their families loved her even more. They would always shower her with kind words in cards, gifts, and special dinner trips. She enjoyed putting together learning actives, lesson plans, and art activities so much that she even sent her activities to her granddaughter Britney’s daycare as well as her sister Janice’s daycare.
Sheridan attended Trinity AME Zion Church located in Northwest Washington, D.C. where she was an active member. She was the president of the Melda Martin Student Financial Aid Committee for many years and after served as a board member on the committee. She often volunteered to help where she saw a need from helping on church bus trips by serving guests with snacks and beverages, church fashion shows, serving families during their time of grief, and so much more.
Sheridan was described by family and friends as kindhearted, warm-spirited, giving, stylish, sweet, caring, beautiful, loyal, committed, creative, outspoken, considerate, and loving. She was always willing to help and serve when needed and would open her home to you if needed as well. Sheridan loved her family, her friends, her children, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and she will truly be missed.
Sheridan passed away on May 29, 2020 peacefully in her sleep. She is preceded in death by her parents Hardy and Virginia Powell, brother Richard Powell, sister Patricia Powell, and grandson Brandon Stokes. Sheridan leaves to cherish her memory her son, William Powell, daughter Shawnta Stokes, sister Janice (Lynn) Harris, 7 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and a host of other family members, church family, and friends.
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