Karen Ann Partenheimer Sherrill












So proud to be part of the amazing class of 1965.  Our Borah classmates have definitely made a difference in this world. 

After graduation I attended the University of Puget Sound, graduating in 1969 with a BS in Occupational Therapy. My first job was at the University of Iowa, Hospital School for special needs children.  While attending UPS I met my husband to-be and upon his return from Thailand we were married in Iowa City in 1971. 

 His military career took us on an exciting journey for over 20 years.  We lived in England for four years, so loved traveling all over Europe. I also worked for the DOD at this time helping the special education kids at the base school and volunteering with a British O.T.  The Air Force kept us moving from  Houston, to the  Air Force Academy, to Hawaii, and back to Colorado Springs.  I worked at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston helping plan and set up the first rehabilitation center just for cancer patients.   While in Hawaii I became a Discovery Toy consultant and recommended educational toys for disabled children.   At the Air Force Academy we sponsored cadets and  to this day we still keep in touch.  They are like our extended family being there to share in special moments.   My career took a change and I began working in the Home Care Health field at Capron Rehabilitation Center in Colorado Springs.    

My husband retired and we moved to Merritt Island, FL.  He worked at Kennedy Space Center and I continued to do Home Health O.T. visits.  My life took a jolt when my husband suddenly passed away in 1992.  Soon after I became the O.T. Director at a nursing home.  Later I became Rehab Director as well as Director of O. T. 

I have traveled all over the United States.  Loved the Finger Lakes region of upstate N.Y. where I had two cottages.  Presently living in Cape Canaveral, FL. I have an amazing view of the Space Center and Port Canaveral.  Still enjoy the rocket launches and seeing the many cruise ships come and go.  Working part time as a sales associate for Hallmark keeps me busy.  Blessed with a son and a daughter and three grandkids who call me “Mimi” 





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