Helen Sherwood "Sherry" West Sackett

Helen Sherwood "Sherry" West Sackett

Williamsburg, VA
02.23.1939 - 12.22.2017

(Helen) Sherwood “Sherry” West Sackett, 78, passed away on December 22, 2017 in Williamsburg, Virginia.  Sherry grew up in Suffolk, Virginia, was a graduate of Suffolk High School, attended Westhampton College at the University of Richmond and studied radiation technology at the Medical College of Virginia and cardio-vascular radiology at Mary Hitchcock Hospital at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

She is survived by her children, Reid Sackett Kaski (Mike), Quimby Sackett Campbell, and Gresham Peck Sackett, grandchildren, Shane Kaski, Megan Campbell, Cali Campbell and Sydney Sackett, siblings, Joshua “Jack” Cottingham West IV (Barbara), Virginia “Ginger” West Owen (Bill), and a nephew, nieces and numerous great nieces and nephews.  She is predeceased by her father and mother, Joshua Cottingham West III and Frances Hutchins West and grandson, Josh Kaski.

Sherry worked with the Ellen Shaw Deparedes Breast Cancer Foundation as the Director of Mammography Outreach Program for Under-served Women, served as a Legislative liaison for Lt. Governor John Hager in the Senate of Virginia, and was a Breast Cancer Detection Awareness Consultant for the National American Cancer Society.  In addition, Sherry served as the Professional Education Director of the American Cancer Society, Virginia Division, worked as a Radiology Assistant Administrator at Mary Hitchcock Hospital and served as the Director of Radiology at Maryview Hospital.

Sherry’s life-long love was animals, especially dogs and horses.  She raised champion English Cocker Spaniels for several years at her Southwold Kennels, finding a love of wire-haired dachshunds late in life.  Sherry thoroughly enjoyed being a member of the Deep Run Hunt Club for years, playing tennis, showing her dogs and photography.  Sherry gave back to her community as a volunteer for the Goochland County Fire-Rescue Association and worked as a volunteer of the James River Chapter of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation Feed Program.  Sherry’s free-spirited life led to many friendships all over the world and her zest for life will be missed by many. 

A reception for family and friends will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on January 20, 2018 at 2:00PM.  Memorial gifts may be sent to Goochland County Fire-Rescue Association, P.O.Box 247, Goochland, Virginia 23063; Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation James River, P.O. Box 112, Crozier, Virginia 23039; The Hospice House and Support Care of Williamsburg, ATTN:  Heidi Crocker, Clinical Director, 4445 Powhatan Parkway, Williamsburg, Virginia 23188; or Multiple Sclerosis Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, New York 10163.

R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family.

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St. Paul's Episcopal Church
213 N Main St
Suffolk, VA 23434
United States



You were a dear friend and a wonderful mentor to me and so many other in the wirehair dachshund community. You bred my Ch Super Mario who has been my support for over 12 years. I thank you so much and hope you are at peace. Mario and I will always love you.

Daniela Onoszko and Mario

Daniela Onoszko

To Sherry's family,
I used to stay at Sherry's apartment with Ginger in Richmond when we played in tennis tournaments. We had GREAT fun together. She was a good mentor to us and always had a positive attitude. She will be greatly missed by those who loved her. I loved her outlook on life and her smile. She was SPECIAL.

Mary Louise Darnell

I met Sherry over 40 years ago. I had not seen as much of her in recent years but enjoyed visiting with her at the Deep Run Horse Show every year.

Debbie Bowden

Condolences to the family and friends of Ms.Helen "Sherry" West , from reading her obit
its obvious she was a kind and loving person who gave so much of herself to her family and community
no doubt she will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her
even though she has fallen asleep in death there's a promised that God made
to mankind at (Revelation 21:4) " And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes
and death will be no more ,neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore the former things have passed away. "
therefore all the things that cause pain and suffering will soon be eradicated ......
no one will ever have to deal with mourning the loss of their dear loved ones, death will be gone as well....

Cee David

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