- Sheryl Louise White Batey (Sher) was one of a kind, with a fiery heart of gold. Always making people laugh, she was known for her hilarious metaphors, wit and varied knowledge. When family and friends needed answers, they looked to Sher. She loved the outdoors and sports. Her favorite sport was horse racing, and she was an avid Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots fan. You wouldn't want to bet against her picks. She especially loved talking football with her daughter, Erika.
After a tough battle with cancer, Sher passed away on Saturday, December 16, 2017, at the age of 68, surrounded by the love of family and friends. She kept her fire and humor right up until the end.
Sher was born to parents Orie Frank White and Ruth Arlene Page White on February 3, 1949, in Dexter, ME. She grew up as the eldest of five children and attended Piscataquis Community High School where she was voted class clown. Her high school yearbook quote continued to be her favorite - "Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. If God won't take her the devil must." She is raising hell with God now.
Sher married James Vernon Batey in 1970, and together they had two children. She is survived by her daughter, Erika Batey Mellett and her husband Scott of Miami Shores, Florida; her son, Joshua Miles Batey and his wife Ashley of Dover-Foxcroft; her three sisters, Nancy Jean Glidden and husband Mike, Peggy Sheehan and husband Jack, and Bonnie Hall and her husband Jim; her brother Robert Miles White; six nieces and nephews, Amie Lee Shuford, Rebecca Ruth Grant, Bryan and Corie White, Kellie and Kelsey Martel; and six grandchildren, Ivy, Olivia, Stephen, Brandon, Miles and Owen.
A summer graveside service will be held at Cambridge Memorial Garden Cemetery. Sher wished to be cremated and her ashes will be scattered over Horseshoe Pond, one of her favorite spots. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in her name to The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation, 1100 Industrial Road #1, San Carlos, CA 94070, www.lungcancerfoundation.org.
The family would especially like to thank Diana Richardson, Sher's life-long friend for her remarkable support and loving care and her husband David Richardson for his support and friendship. The family also sends a special thank you to the staff of Eastern Maine Medical Center for their care and treatment in her last days.
"Fly on, fly on past, the speed of sound. I'd rather see you up than see you down. So, leave me if you need to, I will still remember. Angel flying too close to the ground."
Keep making everyone laugh, Sher.
Published on  December 21, 2017