Life Tribute – Ellen Mae Sherman

Ellen Mae Sherman

Ellen Mae Sherman went to be with her beloved Lord after battling cancer on Nov. 18, 2020.

She is survived by her five children: Charlotte (Tom) Anderson, Janette (Gary-Deceased) Zahniser, Clay (Kathi) Sherman, Jody (Dawn) Sherman and Bryan (Jennifer) Sherman. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Tim (Collette) Zahniser, Evan (Alma) Zahniser, Breann Nicholas, Katiin Nicholas, Gunnar Sherman, Colby Sherman, Casyn Sherman (deceased), Peyton Sherman, Chase (Kori) Sherman, Abby Dawson, Blake Sherman, Nathan Anderson, Sheree (Rachel) Anderson and Bethany Anderson.

Mae was born in Greenville, California Sept. 5, 1940 to Millard Arthur and Amelia Hartman (both deceased). She was the second of eight children. She completed K-8th grade in Alturas, California. Her family then moved to Chico, California where she attended high school. She married Robert Sherman in 1956 and then divorced in 2012.

Mae was a member of the Community Evangelical Free Church in Susanville. Mae was also a member of the following organizations: California Association of Local Behavioral Health Boards and Commissions, a statewide organization supporting the work of local mental/behavioral health boards and commissions for many years; First 5 Lassen County Children and Families Commission; Planning and Service Area 2 Agency on Aging Board; Lassen County Behavioral Health Advisory Board; Bridges Out of Poverty; and Communities United for Children and Families.

In 2008, Mae was honored by the Soroptimist International organization of Susanville for her part in making a difference for businesswomen in Lassen County.

Mae devoted her life to taking care of the children in Lassen County. She created and managed the childcare program at the Susanville Assembly of God Church for more than 10 years and then was hired by the city of Susanville to operate and supervise their after-school care program from which she retired after 20 years.

Mae was full of life and enjoyed hunting until she was 79 years old. At the age of 72, she jumped out of a perfectly functioning airplane attached to a handsome young man as she always wanted to experience skydiving.

In 2018, she was able to travel to Israel with a group of friends from her church to see the places where her beloved Savior walked and ministered.

Mae will be missed by her family and friends as she devoted her life to help and minister to all who came in contact with her. She always had a smile and a kind work of encouragement.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.