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Sherrill Ann Benzley Funk

10/22/1940 - 08/01/2020

Sherrill Ann Benzley Funk, 79 passed away after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease and Covid-19 on August 1, 2020 in Gilbert, Arizona.  Sherrill was the first daughter of James and Ione Benzley.  Two sisters came along later, Betty Brown and Val Stupar, each six years apart.  Sherrill was raised in Southern California and attended San Gabriel High School.  It was here when she developed her love of art, creativity and design.  She was also entering and winning beauty pageants.  As luck would have it, one year she designed and won a float competition for the Rose Bowl and was also crowned Miss San Gabriel.  She then got to ride as a queen on a float she had designed herself in Pasadena’s Rose Bowl Parade.  Upon graduation in 1958, Sherrill attended Brigham Young University and was crowned a member of the Homecoming Royalty.   While at BYU, she joined the Arizona club, where she met her future husband, Herman Funk.  They married in the Los Angeles Temple in 1962 and raised six children.  Sherrill was an elementary school teacher prior to having her children, and then resumed teaching at Powell Junior High for many years later.  She was a life-long active and devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Herm and Sherrill served a mission for the LDS Church in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 2003-2005.  She loved crafts, sewing, quilting, scrapbooking, and art.  She loved to read and wrote hundreds of book reviews.  She served at the Church Humanitarian Center.  She loved and doted on her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Her Miller Ward walking friends became her devoted best friends and companions.  Sherrill was preceded in death by her husband, Herm, and  granddaughter Clare.  Surviving Sherrill are her children, Chris (Emily) Funk, Lorie (Todd) Tucker, Gary (Amy) Funk, Julie (Mike) Huish, David (Jessica) Funk,  Andy (Lisa) Funk, 25 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.  The funeral service will be in accordance with the social distance guidelines of Arizona for Covid-19 on Thursday August 6, 2020.  For more information on those details contact lorie.tucker@gmail.com .   A link to watch the funeral at home, will also be available upon request


  • Robert and Ida Wilson

    Darling Sherrill,
    We have loved you dearly, and treasure our parallelling, though distanced, lives together. We joyously celebrate that you and Herm are now together. May Heavenly Father bless your beloved families and extended families as they remember your life and legacy.

  • Nancy Shill and family

    Wish we were there to give hugs! We love your Mom and hope she will be pleased with our supporting Humanitarian efforts that meant so much to her.

  • Dear Sherrill,
    You were loved and cherished by your Powell Family. I forever will remember you beautiful smile and words of encouragement and wisdom given. Prayer and thoughts to your family during this difficult time. You will be missed.

  • Shirley Benzley

    So many happy and fun memories of this beautiful , sweet and fun lady. Sorry I am missing the Zoom of services. Hopefully someone will make a video that Barbra and I can watch.

  • Colleen Parkinson

    She was a beautiful person inside and out. I could listen to her stories for hours on end. I’m glad she is with Uncle Herman again. Although it was difficult when we lost dad after mom had only been gone 2 months, we were so glad they were together.

  • Dear Funk Family,
    I’m very sorry to hear about the passing of Mrs. Funk. I have great memories of her from our high school years and they always put a smile on my face. All the best in these tough times. Thoughts and prayer!

  • Oh how I have loved your Mother all these years. Her smile, her personality,and her radiance, will remain with me for the rest of my life. Herman lived in a trailer in our backyard before he started his romance with your Mom. It was so fun to be apart of that time of their lives. I grieve that she had to suffer so. May you have strength to carry on with her helping you from the other side of the veil.

  • Jenell and Robert

    Gary and Amy. We are sorry to hear of the lost of your mother. I was reading in Bunkers site and notices her obituary. What a beautiful life she had. My mother passed on August 4 so we are planning now. Hugs and love to you at this time. I know it helps. ❤️

  • It has been many years since I have visited with you. Like in the 1970’s…. 28th and 21st wards days. But, I have never forgotten you. I always wonder how we can live in close distances, but yet lose the friendships. My condolences to your family.

  • Roman and Nancy Darien Family

    Our funny talented friend who made signs for us that I have laminated and will keep forever-she was so good at this and so quick-surely there is a great reunion going on right now!!!!! Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Roman and Nancy Darien Family

  • I am so sorry to learn of your mother’s passing and hope your sadness is diminished by the thought of joyful reunions and freedom from suffering.

    From the time we met that first week at BYU as Shipp Hall roommates, I loved her. What a happy surprise it was when years later we found our sons Lance and Gary serving in the Ecuador Guayaquil Mission together. And how delightful it was to attend church with her and your family when I was visiting a friend in Chandler in 1995. I cherish the time we were able to spend together and look forward to more when we meet again.

    By the way, all of my family found your mom’s creative homemade Christmas cards delightful!

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