Eulogy of Sherri Ann Glover
By Shirley Blackburn, Director of Dance Division, Metro Nashville Parks and Recreation
With twinkling brown eyes, a quick, welcoming smile, abundant raven hair, and tall graceful carriage, Sherri was a poised, strikingly beautiful young woman. Her gentle inner spirit was equally beautiful. She was kind, thoughtful, and respectful to everyone. Her keen intellect led her to pursue a variety of activities and to volunteer in the community. She loved the adventure of travel and the opportunity to interact with people of other cultures.
In 1972, Sherri's mother, Yuko, was the first adult to enroll in my modern dance class at Centennial Park. Sherri tagged along with her mom. Both mother and daughter danced during that class, with Yuko moving among the other students and Sherri twirling and leaping in the back of the studio, her black hair flying through the air as she danced.
When Sherri was old enough to take classes, she embraced dance eagerly. Although she tried tap and modern, she found her home in ballet. As she progressed through the program, she became one of our stars.
Her technical and artistic facility made her compelling to watch in performance, and the younger dancers all tried to emulate her. My daughter was one of the little girls then. When I called to tell her of Sherri's death, she told me all the little girls wanted to be Sherri, because Sherri was the prettiest, nicest, and, above all, the best dancer among the big girls.
Although Sherri chose not to dance professionally, she continued to dance in our program as an adult, much to the delight of the dance staff. Because Sherri was a member of our dance family, those of us who taught her watched with delight as she grew from a shy, diffident child into a confident, outgoing young woman. And we were proud of her academic and professional achievements.
Personally, I find comfort in poetry when life is difficult. I would like to share with you a reading that reminds me of Sherri, "She Was a Phantom of Delight" by William Wordsworth. ...
(Presented June 26, 2003, at Sherri's funeral service.)