Sherri Newquist Gray

Sherri Newquist Gray

Saturday, April 17th, 2021
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Sherri Lynn Newquist Gray, 62, passed away April 17, 2021. Sherri was the beloved sister of Nancy J. (Michael) Donahue and Janet L. Newquist; loving aunt of Amanda L. Boraca and Michelle Donahue; cherished daughter of the late Richard and Jane Newquist; dear cousin of Cheryl and Susan Walding; devoted life long partner of John Halla; loving stepmother of Dawn Gage. Sherri will be missed by many friends especially Robert Miller and Kathy Cook, and her fur companions; Bet The Bucks, City Slicker, Baxter, Buddy, Scitech and Hoss.

She graduated from West Aurora High School in 1977 and from Carthage College in Kenosha, WI with a Bachelor's Degree of Arts, Physical Education and Health.

Sherri had a love of horses, showing American Saddlebreds most of her life. Her greatest love and accomplishment was her career with United Airlines. She graduated from United flight training in 1989. Her career of 25 years had many accomplishments and accolades. She was a Senior/Lead flight Attendant; promoted to a leadership role with accountability for supervising, coaching and Mentoring a team of flight attendants in all areas of customer service, sales and safety for domestic and international flights. Specialized in service for business class on International flights. Received recognition for service during an emergency situation; She received 40+ Positive Recognitions (Orchid Letters) from customers. She received "Flight Attendant of the year Dedicated to Service Award".

Memorial visitation Friday, April 30, 4:00pm until time of memorial service 6:30pm at Countryside Funeral Home and Crematory 1640 S. Greenmeadows Blvd (at Barrington Road) Streamwood/Schaumburg. Cremation was private at Countryside Crematory. In lieu of flowers donations to Dreamscape Inc via PayPal at, by mail 2100 John Windrow Rd, Eagleville, TN 37060 or The Cause Foundation would be appreciated.

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  • Visitation

    Friday, April 30th, 2021 | 4:00pm - 6:30pm
    Friday, April 30th, 2021 4:00pm - 6:30pm
    Countryside Funeral Home and Crematory, Streamwood
    1640 S. Greenmeadows Blvd. At Barrington Rd.
    Streamwood, IL 60107
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Memorial Service

    Friday, April 30th, 2021 | 6:30pm
    Friday, April 30th, 2021 6:30pm
    Countryside Funeral Home and Crematory, Streamwood
    1640 S. Greenmeadows Blvd. At Barrington Rd.
    Streamwood, IL 60107
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Janice Drain

Posted at 04:57pm
Sherri was my classmate at United. She always called me by my nickname β€œHoagie” She laughed because most of the instructors pronounced my name wrong. Hoaglund. They would say hog land. I would say it’s like a Hoagie sandwich but drop the ie and add Lund. I will miss your quick wit and zest for practical jokes. It was a honor having you as a friend and dear classmate 2/11/89. When πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ U.K. opens I’m going to have a pint in your name at the Monkey πŸ’ Puzzle. Love you. My sincere condolences to Nancy, Jan, John, and her working Buddy Bob.

Linda Neumann Miller

Posted at 12:48pm
My first memory of Sherri was at her home prior to Kindergarten. She was riding the battery operated miniature Pontiac car which I immediately proclaimed "Daddy, I want one!". Throughout school and life, Sherri and I always remained distant yet fond friends. Our lives paralleled in love of horses, work travel, etc. but never overlapped well. I may have been one friend who saw more of her at work than any other.... since we randomly reconnected on United flights from time to time. I was a preferred United traveler and she a preferred United travel professional. Sherri had a huge heart and she was able to share it in the work she did and the activities (horses) she loved. She will be truly missed by so many. I hope your Faith strengthens you all at this difficult time. I pray that everyone's pain will subside quickly replaced by ability to celebrate the joy of Sherri and her life with us. God bless Sherri! See you in those (heavenly) Friendly Skies!

Linda Neumann

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Posted at 12:45pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. All Our Love, Susan , Cheryl, Danielle and Carol.
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Linda Neumann Miller

Posted at 12:10pm
God bless & guide Sherri . Bless all who loved her in this life. May we meet again in the (heavenly) Friendly Skies.
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Jan Smith

Posted at 01:28pm
I'm so glad we reconnected at our class reunion in 2012. You will always be my hero for finishing college in 4 years.
(I am not in the pic because I took it.)
Rest in Peace. Peace and Comfort to John.

Cheryl Walding Posted at 12:47pm

My Dearest Ree Ree. Sheri.. Im at such a loss. You being the baby cousin leaving us first has hurt my heart so very much. My memories with Nana and I taking the train down all the time . Me hauling all my Barbie down. The three of us playing Under the Stairs .Nancy sitting in a chair reading a book . Us going to the horse shows. Having great dinners with Uncle Nick and Aunt Jane. Going to that huge mall. Chatting with you on FB. As the baby cousin you weren't supposed to go first. I shall miss you Ree. Always and Forever.. Cousin Cheryl πŸ’”πŸ’œβœ¨πŸ’«πŸŒ±

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