Sherman, Mary | Obits | omaha.com

Sherman, Mary July 30, 2020 Mary died of natural causes after a brave 20 year battle with multiple sclerosis. She spent the last 16 years with husband Bret Johnson, living in Omaha and Phoenix, and pursuing a passion for dog rescue. At any given time, she and Bret owned / cared for between 3 and 6 rescue dogs. Mary and Bret have provided incredible lives for many special needs and older dogs for their remaining years. Mary attended the University of Arizona and was President of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority. She then earned an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Upon graduation, Mary began her political career in Arizona, which led to her full-time career as a planner for U.S. Senator Bob Kerry. She lived in Washington DC for 7 years until she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She then moved back to Omaha to earn a doctorate. In 2018, she spent much of her time with her father, Jerome Sherman, looking for possible solutions to his fight against cancer. Mary was an exceptional athlete and always enjoyed an active lifestyle. She loved the beach and always looked forward to a vacation to her favorite destination, Grand Cayman with Bret. Mary charmed everyone she met with her lovely smile and electric personality. She was a loving wife, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend, and always gave more of herself than she’d ever accepted in return. Her father, Jerome F. Sherman, precedes death. She is survived by her husband, Bret Johnson; Mother, Jeanette Sherman; Siblings Peter Sherman (Kim), Anne McKernan (Patrick), and John Sherman (Laura); loving nephews and nieces; Tyler, Kelly, Kate, Piper, Jack, Jake, Kyle, Grant and Will. The family kept a private memorial in Phoenix. Memorials to the Nebraska Humane Society: “She made up her mind to live the life she always imagined.” – Anonymous

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