On March 11, 1934 in Plainview, TX. Sherman LaVera (Foster) England was the first of three children born to Henrietta and Joe Foster.
Sherman was educated in a Texas Public School where her mother taught, until the family moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1946. After graduating from high school in Albuquerque, she continued her education at the University of New Mexico. Shortly thereafter, she began working for the United States Military Base in Albuquerque as the first African American to be hired and work in her division.
As a young girl, Sherman accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as her personal Savior and was baptized at Grant Chapel A.M.E. Church in Albuquerque. While attending Grant Chapel, she was actively involved in Sunday School, singing in the choir (which she loved), and volunteering for many church functions.
In 1952, Sherman married Clarence England, Jr. who traveled the world and served his country for twenty-five years in the United States Air Force. To this union, two sons were born: Byron Jerome England (Paris, France) and Kevin William England (Vallejo, California).
In 1962, the England family moved to Charleston, South Carolina and during that time, Sherman worked at the Veterans Affairs Hospital and continued to serve the Lord at Wesley United Methodist Church of Charleston.
In 1968, Sherman and her sons relocated to San Diego, CA. Here, she began her career with the County of San Diego Department of Health and Human Services as a Social Worker. She retired after twenty-plus years of dedicated service as an eligibility technician supervisor.
She was also a faithful member of Phillips Temple Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church, where she was a very active member. She sang in the choir and taught Sunday school, along with serving in several other capacities. She often said that one of her most memorable and greatest experiences was traveling to the Holy Land where she was baptized a second time in the Jordan River.
Sister Sherman, who was also affectionately known by her family as “Cricket”, was loving, fun to be around, and very out-going. Sister Sherman was very athletic growing up. She was an avid bowler and an outstanding softball player. She also enjoyed watching sports involving her sons. While she loved all sports, she was a diehard Los Angeles Dodgers baseball fan.
As a woman of faith, one of Sister Sherman’s greatest desires was to see her children and grandchildren saved and living healthy, independent lives. Glory to God, His Grace allowed her to live to see their success.
Saturday, August 3, 2019, Sister Sherman was called home for restful peace by her Heavenly Father.
Sister England leaves to cherish and celebrate her memories; sister JoEtta Ritchey Foreman; brother Howard Foster; two sons Byron and Kevin England; two grandchildren LaShea England-Baker and Israel Brown; three great-grandchildren Kyla, Kylan, and Kalleigh Baker; four nieces and nephews Sydney Ritchey-Burnett, Marc Ritchey, Marne Foster, and Charlynn Griffin-Wade; and numerous close friends.
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