Yvonne Sherow Emerson
Yvonne Sherow Emerson passed away peacefully in her 80th year at Hickory Creek of Athens, Ohio, after several years of declining health.
Yvonne was born July 25, 1933, on Staten Island, N.Y. She graduated from Athens High School, Athens, Ohio, in 1951.
Yvonne attended Ohio University where she earned a bachelor's degree in French Literature and was an active member of the Chi Omega sorority. Her junior year was spent at the Sorbonne in Paris, beginning a life-long interest in the language and culture of France. For many years she led student groups for the Experiment in International Living. Most of her trips were in France and Germany. She also led the first student group to China for the Experiment.
She had taught school at Lexington High School and also at Southern Virginia University and Virginia Military Institute.
In the mid-1980s she returned to Athens to work towards her masters specializing in the poetry of Rimbaud. During this time she assisted her younger sister Stephanie in the care of her aging parents: Marjorie Kocher and "Vic" Sherow.
She is survived by her sisters Myrdith H. Sherow of Athens, Ohio, Carla S. (Roger) Levien of Stamford, Conn., and Stephanie S. (Alan) Goldsberry; her brother D. Gregor (Jo Ellen) Sherow both of Athens, Ohio. She also leaves her nephews and nieces: Roy Levien, Alisa Levien, Kimberlie Goldsberry, Stuart (Kim) Goldsberry and Olivia G. (Brian) Weisman.
As an older sister and mentor to many, she gave her wisdom and humor with generosity. She set the bar high for all of us and we are the better for it.
A memorial service for family members will be held later in the summer. The family welcomes donations in her name to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, PO Box 528, Lexington, VA 24450 or the Alzheimers' Association. Arrangements are with Jagers & Sons Funeral Home, Athens, Ohio. Please share a memory, a note of condolence or sign the online register book at www.jagersfuneralhome.com.