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2-13-22, Sheri Lynne Torrey

Sheri is survived by her husband of 42 years, Daniel Torrey; her son, Brian Torrey; mother, Darlene Harvey; brother, Steve Harvey; sister, Peggy Cash, and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her son, Christopher Torrey, and father, Jim Harvey.
Sheri was born in Sedan, Kansas on June 12, 1956, to Jim and Darlene Harvey. She is the oldest of three children.

The family moved to California when Sheri was five, living in Ventura, then moving to Oak View. She had a wonderful childhood as she played sports, rode dirt bikes, camped, and met lifelong friends in everything she did. She attended Oak View Elementary, De Anza Middle School, and Ventura High School. Later, she enrolled in Ventura College, where she played on the softball team.

As an active softball player, she played in several leagues for many years, always the boisterous one pushing her team. Sheri never backed down from a challenge or hard work. She became a Ventura County Sheriff’s cadet before operating heavy equipment, driving a school bus, and coaching high school softball. She worked hard and played hard.

In 1980, Sheri married Daniel Torrey and had two sons, Christopher and Brian. She worked at home doing daycare until the boys started school at Meiners Oaks Elementary, where she became a crossing guard and worked lunch duty. Sheri later became the school’s computer lab teacher, a job she held until her retirement.
Always one to volunteer, she served on the PTA and spent countless hours doing crafts and science projects with students years after retirement.

Mrs. Torrey, as the students called her, always made the classroom a fun place and inspired so many to be creative.
As busy as Sheri was, she never missed an opportunity to visit family, which meant road trips back to Kansas in the summer — most trips lasting weeks. Sheri always kept her relatives close. If not driving on Interstate 40, she often could be found at Bates Beach or Bass Lake. Finding her in the sun with a good book, she needed nothing more: “Life is Good.” She lived by these words, never letting life’s woes bring her down. Sheri was never afraid to be silly or goofy, as she loved costume parties and often created funny games or made up songs and poems to make you laugh.

Sheri has many unofficially adopted grandchildren in the Ojai area, with whom she did craft days — everything from baking sweets to art projects and sewing. She loved to watch the kids learn, sending them home with a cherished keepsake. Her adult friends also loved her craft parties, especially around the holidays when she baked her famous cinnamon bread.

Loving adventure and a good road trip, Sheri has spent her recent years exploring many state and national parks with her family and friends. Great memories that will last forever.
Sheri was larger than life, her talents and creativeness inspired everyone. She lives on in each of us, in the stories we share, and with the knowledge, she has passed down. Please join us as we celebrate the amazing life of Sheri Lynne Torrey on, Friday, March 25, at 1:00 p.m. at Soule Park in Ojai.
In lieu of flowers, the Torrey family suggests donations in memory of Sheri be made to the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Foundation.

Obit Torrey photo

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