Sheryl McGruder

Sheryl McGruder, 74, of Franklin, passed away at her home, Monday, December 15, 2014.  A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 P.M., Monday, December 22, 2014 at Nelson Memorial United Methodist Church, 407 East Spring St., Boonville, MO 65233.  The family will greet friends one hour prior to the service at the church.  She is survived by her husband, Charles, son and daughter in law Matthew and Diedra McGruder as well as three grandchildren, Cooper, Alexander and Mason all of Franklin.  Charles and Sheryl just celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary – they are true soul mates.  Sheryl taught second grade in the same classroom at Fairview Elementary School from 1965 to 1998. She was an avid reader and had a passion for learning.  Memorials are suggested to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Rd., Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.


  1. Tammy Milligan on December 17, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Sheryl was my youngest son’s second grade teacher at Fairview many years ago. She was a very loving teacher and really cared about the students that she taught. She took my son under her wings and always looked out after him. I will never forget when my son lost his grandma Sheryl sent him a plant and called to make sure he was okay. We have lost a truly remarkable woman.

  2. Terry Toalson on December 17, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    My heart breaks for you all. May God comfort you in your time of grief and sadness. Sheryl was a wonderful soul, and I’ll miss her more than you know. God Bless.

  3. Kim Stonecipher-Fisher on December 17, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Sheryl was our son Ryan’s teacher at Fairview (and one of our favorites). She was a wonderful teacher who identified the unique talents and skills of every child she taught.

    I truly appreciated her caring and compassion. My father had just had open heart surgery and I became a little tearful as I was reading “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein” to her class. She told me that her students were use to it – she too became emotional when she read stories to them.

    Our education experience in the Columbia Public School system was brighter because she was a part of it.

    Our deepest condolences.

    Steve & Kim Stonecipher-Fisher

  4. Elizabeth Couper on December 17, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    I vivdly recall coming to visit the Sheryl’s classroom where my daughter was a student. There was such an atmosphere of contentment. All the students were engaged in the learning process. From the perspective of a parent, that is the greatest gift a teacher can provide for your child.
    A happy child, learning and enjoying school. We are blessed to have had Sheryl as a part of our Fairview Family.
    Sending you love and prayers of comfort, The Couper Family

  5. Larry Atterberry, Jr. on December 17, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    Mrs. McGruder was my teacher back in the early 70’s. She always had a smile and was very caring with her students. What a loss of such a wonderful person.

    My heart, prayers, and thoughts go out to Matt, Mac, and his family

  6. David Kniptash on December 20, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    While working for Mac, we had the extreme honor to get to know Sheryl and her of the best people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing Rest In Peace Sheryl.

  7. John Payne on December 21, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    Mac and Matt—I am so very sorry for your loss and that I haven’t seen you in such a long time. I wish the Lord had given me words to lessen the pain of you loss at a time like this but he did not–all I can say is I’m sorry.

  8. Jennifer Mullen on December 21, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    I am so very sorry for your families loss. Sheryl was one of the most fun women I ever had the pleasure to be around. I am so lucky to have gotten to know her and Mac; their relationship was really something special. She will always have a place in my heart.

  9. dona brunton on December 22, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    I loved her with all my heart. She was a sister, a best friend, one of the most amazing people I have ever known. She loved her husband and her family unconditionley. The grandchildren made her laugh out loud and brought out the child in her,I have no doubt that Ray, Matthew and Diedre gave back the love they were given in taking are of her. I will miss her terribly and will love her always and forever. love, dona b.

  10. Sharon LeDuc on December 22, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    My deepest sympathy to the family. Matt and my son Brian were friends growing up. Brian fondly remembers his talks with Sheryl. May you find comfort in the love and caring that filled her life.

  11. Jill Semon-Clark on December 23, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Mr. McGruder, Matt, and family,
    I was sorry to read of Mrs. McGruder’s passing. I have fond memories of her and learned so much in our time together.
    Mrs. McGruder welcomed me into her learning community in 1982 where I did my student teaching. She always had a smile on her face. She showed me how to love and laugh in the important work we do. I know she touched the lives of many.
    Matt, she was so proud of you!
    My condolences to each of you.

  12. Chris Cott on December 23, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Our older daughter Jessica had Sheryl as her second grade teacher and what a fabulous teacher she was! So when our second daughter Megan was going to enter second grade…..I requested Sheryl. She was the best! She encouraged creativity and the joy of learning that both girls still carry with them today.

    Sheryl was a true blessing to all the lives that she touched. We are grateful to her for her love and devotion to the profession of teaching.

    Our sympathy to her family,
    Charlie and Chris Cott

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