1947 – 2016

GRAY — On Thursday, July 28, Sherry Lynn Carll went to be with the Lord.

Sherry was born on March 28, 1947, to Eugenia McLaughlin and James Devou. Sherry was third born of eight daughters. Sherry was married at the age of 14 to the love of her life and husband of 54 years, Thomas W. Carll.

Sherry was an avid runner and coach. She was known for her tough, no nonsense approach to running and coaching. In the last 34 years, Sherry ran more than 68,000 miles averaging 2000 miles a year across 82 pairs of her favorite Saucony running shoes. Sherry coached hundreds of students from Gray-New Gloucester in Track and Field and Cross-Country. Over the years she produced several state champions, including her own son.

When Sherry was not running, she was manicuring her perfect lawn. She also loved working around the house on a variety of projects with her husband whom she affectionately called “Tommy,” unless he was in trouble, then it was “Thomas.” Sherry and Tom were inseparable. Together Tom and Sherry had two children, Shawn Michael Carll and Lori Ann (Carll) Deshaies.

Sherry is survived by:

Her husband, Thomas W. Carll,

Her son, Shawn M. Carll and his wife, Rachel (Tripp) Carll, and their children, Thomas Dillon Carll and his wife, Conner J. (Stange) Carll, carrying her first great-grandchild, Dakota T. Carll, Dominick Carll, and Tasia R. Carll. Predeceased Talitha Morningstar Carll.

Her daughter Lori A. (Carll) Deshaies and husband, Daniel B. Deshaies, and their children, Matthew T. Robertson and Melissa A. Robertson, Nichole N. Deshaies, Megan A. Deshaies.

Her sisters, Trudy Rodney, predeceased Shirley (PJ) Gallant, Maureen Devou, Darcel Devou, Eugenia (JoJo) Brown, predeceased Lenore (Todo) McLaughlin and Heather Hynes.

Her father, James Devou and her mother, predeceased Eugenia McLaughlin.

Her sisters-in-law, Jean Libby and husband, Edwin Libby, Joan Hunnewell and husband, Rodney; Kathy Haskell and predeceased husband, David Haskell.

Also remembered by her loving niece Dawn Greene her husband, Bob Greene, and their children, Tim and Katie Greene.

And dear friends of Sherry and her family, Bud Welch, Jan Farrin and the countless other lives she touched over the years.

The day before Sherry died she insisted that her caretakers let her out of her bed so she could run the Beach to Beacon road race. Sherry was a Legacy runner having ran the race all 18 years since its inception. Aug. 6 would have been her nineteenth Beach to Beacon. Sherry may not be able to run the race this year but she finished the race of life like no other, brightening the lives of others every step of the way. (1 Corinthians 9:24) “Do you not know that all runners run, but only one gets the prize? So run to win.”

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