Mrs. Diane Fraley Sherwood, age 72, of Vilas, passed away peacefully in her sleep from her daughter’s home into the loving arms of Jesus on Friday, February 12, 2021. Born March 23, 1948 in Elizabeth City, Virginia, she was a daughter of the late Chester Ray and Frances Harmon Fraley. Being the daughter of a military dad, she lived in many interesting places during her childhood including England and the Philippines. She enjoyed sewing clothes for her children, quilting, cross stitch, canning, ceramics and reading. Diane worked at First National Bank, IRC/TRW and the High Country Council of Government, but her most important work was being a wife and mother. She was a stay at home mother for many years. As a young wife, she taught Sunday School and is remembered as a loving and kind teacher. Diane was active in the lives of her children and grandchildren. Her family was truly her greatest joy.
She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Joe Sherwood, four children; Alison Moretz and husband James of Zionville, Mary Ann Greene and husband Michael of Vilas, Joseph Sherwood and wife Patricia of Mountain City and Johnathan Sherwood and wife Kelli of Vilas, eleven grandchildren, Jimmy Moretz and wife Chloe, Justin Moretz and wife Jessica, Josie Moretz and fiancé’ Carter Dearmin, Julie Moretz and Jack Moretz, Grace Greene, Renee Gentry, Cristie Dunn, Abby Moretz and wife Kayla Malloy, Lindi Sherwood and Raylin Sherwood, five great grandchildren, Jamie Moretz, Peyton Moretz, Jada Gentry, Tru Dunn and Bree Dunn, one sister, Judy Fairchild and husband David of Fleetwood, one brother, Mike Fraley and wife Debi of Winter Garden, Florida, one sister in law, Sarah Watson and a brother in law, John David Sherwood and wife Peggy all of Vilas and a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Mrs. Diane Sherwood will be conducted Monday, February 15, 2021 at 2 PM at the Cove Creek Baptist Church. Officiating will be Rev. Kevin Combs, Rev. Shelby Stephens and Rev. Frank Woods. The body will lie in repose at the church from noon until 2 pm so that friends may pay their respects and sign the guest register. Those attending are requested to wear a mask and practice social distancing. A private graveside service for the family will follow in the Cove Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family respectfully requests no food or flowers and suggests memorials to Caldwell Hospice & Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood Street, NW, Lenoir, NC 28645.
Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Sherwood family.