Sherry Lynne (Rogers) Holgate, age 74 passed away peacefully surrounded by family in Eagle, Idaho on Thursday night, February 18, 2021 of natural causes. Sherry was born October 1, 1946 in Boise, Idaho to Harold and Patricia (Jolley) Rogers. She was the third of seven children. Sherry leaves a legacy of 5 children, 26 grandchildren and 14 ½ great grandchildren who cherish her example of love, faith, and strength.
Sherry’s lifelong love and gift was music! She was a music teacher for more than 30 years in Sweet, Emmett, Kuna, and Horseshoe Bend. She taught both choir and band and directed many musicals over the course of her teaching years. She had many private students that she taught in her home. She was always anxious to share her gift of music and found great joy in seeing her students develop their own love for singing and playing the instruments she loved so much, especially voice, guitar, and piano. Recitals were a favorite time for her and her students. She loved to compose music and wrote and published a series of guitar method books. She performed at many local events and church services over the years and especially loved these experiences with her children and grandchildren. Sherry has truly left a legacy of love through music!
Sherry was born a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Her membership in the church and her testimony of her Savior Jesus Christ were the most important things in her life. She loved the opportunity to minister to others. Family history work was something she was passionate about and she for years helped greatly with the effort of indexing. Sherry served in many callings in the church and she magnified all these callings, some of her favorites being ward chorister and choir director. She loved singing songs of praise to her Savior!
She is preceded in death by her father Harold, her mother Patricia, and her brothers Harold Craig and Randy. She is survived by her sisters Peggy, Tracey, Stephanie, and Rebecca, her brothers David and Kevin, her daughter Kimberly Kofoed (LaVar), her daughter Heather Davis (Roman), her daughter Jennifer Gee, her son Kenneth Paul Gee Jr (Elizabeth), her son Tyler Tullis (Tara), 26 grandchildren, and 14 ½ great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at the LDS Chapel located on 1133 N. Park Lane in Eagle, Idaho. A viewing will be held at the church prior to the service from 9:30- 10:30 am. Interment will be at the Dry Creek Cemetery, immediately following the church funeral service.
To watch the service, please visit: https://vimeo.com/515815667
Our hearts are broken at her passing and we already miss her so much, but we are grateful that her mind and body are once again whole, and we have no doubt that there was a glorious reunion with her parents and her aunts Faye and Laneve who she loved so dearly! No doubt there were a lot of hugs, kisses, laughter, and music at her coming.
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Tami Johnson saysFebruary 19, 2021 at 4:15 pm
Sherry was my young women’s leader in Emmett. I remember her energy and how fun she was. They are sweet memories.
Karla Taylor saysFebruary 21, 2021 at 2:13 pm
Sherry was my neighbor out in Kuna for years, I used to go visiting teaching to her. I was pregnant at the time and about to deliver and my husband was only going to be home for a short few days. She told me one night to go take a swig of Ipecac syrup and I would go into labor. That was 22 years ago!! Needless to say I went into labor that night! lol
Bless her dear heart! Prayers for you all.
An Old Kuna friend .
Greg Mumford saysFebruary 22, 2021 at 8:56 am
Sherry was a fantastic teacher. She taught me and all of my siblings the piano and voice lessons in her home. I have some great memories of her and playing with Tyler while Sherry was teaching my siblings.
My sincere condolences, she made the world a better place.
Ellen Mumford saysFebruary 22, 2021 at 7:15 pm
I just want to add to our son Gregs remarks. We have 6 children and she taught them all. She took Mark from 5 notes he cou;d squeak out to a great range. He sang in the mens chorus and the German choir while at ByU and has done solos and sang in the choir, ward, stake and German for many years until his family and callings curtailed it. She was always positive, kind, encouraging to each student. She is an outstanding person and we feel priviledged to know her and hopefully followher example.
Mark Mumford saysFebruary 22, 2021 at 11:19 pm
Sherry (it seems so odd to call her by her first name–she was Mrs. or Sister Holgate to us when I was growing up) was my piano teacher (private lessons) for many years and choir teacher beginning in 8th grade. I learned to love singing and wanted to be in Jazz Choir starting the next year in high school. I tried out but didn’t make it, so I went and talked to her (years later she told me that I had been in the middle of voice change and had a very small range at that time). She said that she would let me into Jazz Choir if I took voice lessons over the summer. My parents were already paying for piano lessons and didn’t want to pay for voice lessons too, but when I told her that, she offered to take me on as a voice student if I mowed her lawn. I continued to mow her lawn and took the household trash to the dump during the winter through high school in exchange for voice lessons. She suggested that I try out for a singing scholarship to Boise State University and helped me prepare for the audition. I was awarded the scholarship and took college level voice lessons and sang in the BSU Meistersingers. Later, I sang in Brigham Young University’s Men’s Chorus and German Choir. Sherry made it possible for me to do many music and music-related activities (trips, workshops, regional choir, musicals, etc.) in high school and to sing in numerous choirs and do solo and small group performances throughout my life. I am eternally grateful for all that she has done for me–my life has been immeasurably enriched as a result of her selfless efforts, patience, knowledge, skill, and understanding. She was a wonderful person and the world is a better place because of her!