About Mauri and Sherry

M:S@Zander wedding copy

Mauri and I were friends in high school back in the ’60s, sang together, traveled together with a Youth for Christ Teen Team, but then went our separate ways in life. Mauri married Margaret-Rose, I married Paul, we both added three children to our families. The Macys moved a lot but stayed on the west side of the country; we Carlsons moved a lot but stayed on the east side of the country. During these years our families stayed in touch through Christmas letters/pictures. Little did we know these annual connections would carry the news that cancer would take both of our spouses—Mauri’s in 1988 and mine in 1993.

Through several trips between Michigan and Oregon and a relatively short fax courtship, we moved into marriage with a clear understanding that life is precious and not to be taken for granted. Our six children offered their blessing and over time have come to love each other and embrace our blended family, which now includes their spouses and grandchildren.

We’ve had our share of grief, as all families experience, most recently in the loss of our daughter Rachel in June 2015 from cancer at about the same age that cancer took her mother’s life. We’ve had surgeries to repair our aging bodies, yet consider ourselves healthy enough to still enjoy life.

Mauri retired in 2014 from his long-held role as pastor of worship ministries in our church here in Newberg, Oregon. I’ve downsized my hours in the church office from full time to 4/5 time to allow space to do some projects around the house, like painting walls that have the same primer coat rolled on the extension we added to our house when we married 22 years ago!

Mauri still has a lot of music in him and uses his home studio to create arrangements and record demos (see the music page). He remains faithful to his longtime interests of coffee roasting, meat smoking, biking, watching sports, and spoiling his dog, Mr. Darcy. I spend more hours than I care to admit playing with photographs, digitized and stored in my computer. I use them for projects that record family history or just for my own entertainment, such as matching similar poses or collecting a series of the same theme or individuals. I love Facebook because it allows me to be an introvert and a social butterfly at the same time.

Rachel and her husband and son moved to Newberg just before her death, which means all of our Macy children/grandchildren now live locally. Our Carlson children/grandchildren live in Arizona and Michigan, so I (and sometimes we) fly away from time to time to be part of their lives.

Finally, in all parts of our lives we wholeheartedly acknowledge and value the presence of Christ, whose love we return in the form of worship and submission.

9 Responses to About Mauri and Sherry

  1. kathy hanson says:

    Just spent about 40 min reading some of your stuff. I love your family.

  2. June Thompson says:

    Hi, Sherry… just read lots of stuff on your blog. Fun to hear the details of your story and see pictures of your life now. Also loved the Wheaton family pictures. Recognized one with your dad around the table. I remember him coming into the YFC office. Brought back memories of Paul too. I remember him so well. Life has it twists and turns, doesn’t it? But how fun the way it has turned out for you and Mauri. I’m still at YFC – now working for Dan Wolgemuth, Dr. Sam’s youngest son. 55 years this past March. Dan is the 6th of our 9 presidents I’ve worked for. Dan is a gem. Love supporting him. Well, I could go on forever but just wanted to jot a few lines to you. June

  3. Peter J Honour says:

    Greetings from Orpington (near London )England! I was so interested to read a bit about you via the YFC Alumni email today. Then I went to your website – and here is my response.
    As a young man of 20, I started fulltime christian service (as we used to call it!) on my birthday, 1st January 1961. I was the first fulltimer in a British YFC local “rally” – and stayed with South East London YFC for 12 years – then moved over to the ministry of Pocket Testament League for a further 30 years. Sadly PTL UK had to lose staff (lack of finance) and I was the “chosen one” – but carried on in various roles till I officially retired last summer – at 68. We are still very busy in all manner of activities and service -including helping our 3 married children with their 8 kids. What fun we have!
    However – I was at Winona Lake and the YFC Directors school at Maranatha in July-September 1961. I recall the Spurrlows – and Im sure Mauri was one of them?! Have I got the year right? Seeing that ole picture seems to ring a bell in my memory bank. But maybe it was his twin?! I loved the Spurrlows and was greatly blessed by them and their style of music. Well, lots of other memories from those amazing years…. but my wife is calling me to do something ,so better go and do as Im told (hahahahaha)
    Love in Christ, Peter J Honour

  4. Marilyn Olson says:

    Hi

    It was fun to read about your weekend experiences. How surprised I was to see you mention Hadassah! Thanks for coming to the show!

    Marilyn

  5. LizW says:

    Time to update that “grands” number! 🙂

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  7. Robert Wachter says:

    I am very interested in the photo from Gem City Stove Company. Do you know roughly what year this was taken? And was this from the Gem City Stove Company in Ohio? Or the one in Illinois? Thank you!

  8. Don Sutter says:

    Good seeing you again – even though I started on page 3

  9. David Schick says:

    Count us as two of your 17000 faithful readers!

    Dave and Millie

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