Sherri Lea Hammond Gilkerson
Sherri Lea Hammond Gilkerson, 34, passed away Oct. 30, 2006, from a horse-related accident.She was born July 20, 1972, in Casper, Wyo., to Jack and Carolyn Hammond, and raised in Lance Creek, Wyo. She attended kindergarten through eighth grade in Lance Creek, and graduated from Niobrara County High School in 1990.Sherri was active in the Lance Creek Church, FFA, High School Rodeo Team, and was a 10-year member of the Lance Creek 4-H Club, with many honors locally as well as nationally. She loved and showed horses from a very young age. She was a Junior Rodeo Queen at age 8, Miss Rodeo Niobrara in 1992, and was the second runner-up at the Miss Rodeo Wyoming Contest in 1993. She also ran for High School Rodeo Queen. Showing horses was her passion. She also was a hunter and a fisherman “when the fish were biting.”She attended Laramie County Community College on a horse-judging scholarship, and was an active member on the LCCC Rodeo Team. She earned a double major with an associate of applied science degree/business administration, and a horse management degree. While getting her degree, she did an internship with Dr. Joe Armstrong at La Mesa, N.M.Sherri married her lifetime friend and partner, Marc Gilkerson, on Dec. 31, 1994. They took employment with the Cheyenne River Quarter Horse Ranch at Hot Springs, S.D. From South Dakota they moved to Glenwood Springs to help a friend, and then bought a home in Silt. Sherri and Marc trained and showed horses steadily all over the western United States. They spent the past two years training working cow horses in the Cave Creek, Ariz., area with Jim and Jimmie Paul.Sherri went on to win the NRCHA Limited Open at the Stallion Stakes, the Limited Open Bridle Spectacular at the NRCHA Derby, and the Limited Open Bridle and the Open Bridle at the Snaffle Bit Futurity.She is survived by her husband; dogs Cash and Sparky; parents; sisters Julie (Michael) Hodge of Newcastle, Wyo., and Lisa (Van) Hampton of Casper; nieces Ashley Hodge of Casper, Whitney and Sarah Gilkerson of Bozeman, Mont., and Taylor Gilkerson of Malta, Mont.; nephews Kenneth Hodge of Laramie, Wyo., Zane Hodge of Newcastle, Jack and Thomas Hampton of Casper, Taylor Gilkerson of Bozeman, and Shaun Gilkerson of Malta; in-laws Mike and M.J. Gilkerson of Malta; brothers-in-law Michael (Laura) Gilkerson of Bozeman, and Matt (Sue) Gilkerson of Malta; and many friends.Sherri was preceded in death by an infant brother, Kurt; paternal grandparents, Kenneth and Muriel Hammond; and her maternal grandparents, B.T. and Edith Brown.Memorial services were held Nov. 4 at the Niobrara County Fairgrounds Auditorium with Pastor Darryl Reeves of Carbondale officiating. A memorial has been set up at Lusk State Bank, PO Box 1400, Lusk, WY 82225.Cicmanec-Pier Funeral Home in Lusk is in charge of arrangements.
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