Sherrill Renée Schnell Gaines

Sherrill Renée Schnell Gaines

Jul 27, 1950 – Feb 10, 2018

Preceded in death by mother, Pearl Schnell; brother, Matthew Schnell; grandson, Zaiid Gaines-Liwaru.  Survived by father, Harold Schnell; daughters, Gabrielle Gaines-Liwaru (Sharif) and Frelima Gaines; son, Amery Gaines (Maricarmen); daughter, Erin Gaines; eight grandchildren; one brother and four sisters.

CELEBRATION OF LIFE SERVICE: Tuesday, Feb. 13th, 5pm to 8pm at the West Center Chapel.  Interment at a later date in Terril, Iowa.




  • Nira Felton Rusk Posted February 11, 2018 5:49 pm

    Sherrill was such a sweet, kind hearted, quiet person. It is sad that her family has to be without her now. So sad that such a beautiful person was taken before her time. Bless all of her family.. Sherrill and I graduated from Terril in 1968..

  • Shayla Johnson Posted February 11, 2018 10:23 pm

    I know very well that it’s never easy when a loved one passes on, but we can keep them alive with our memories and sharing stories of them with others. I had the pleasure of meeting Sherrill a couple of years ago at an art event and we talked for awhile and from that one conversation and knowing a few of her family members,I could see what an amazing person she was. I know there are no words I can say to take away the hurt in your hearts, but know that I’ll remember her and that my thoughts and prayers are with you and I love you all.

  • Lula Stewart Posted February 12, 2018 1:56 am

    Gabrielle & Family
    Sending My Deepest Heart-Felt Love & Condolences To Each Of You. May you Be Comforted & Strengthened. May Your Hearts Be At Peace. May You Be Surrounded By Friends & Loved Ones & Let There Be Joy As You Remember & Cherish Your Memories of Such A Beautiful & Special Lady.

  • Destiney Carodine Posted February 12, 2018 6:55 am

    Sherrill Gaines was like family to me and she was also like a Grandma to me. She was so loving, caring, amazing person to have in my life. She will be in our hearts forever but never forgotten. My Love and Prayers goes out to the Gaines & Liwaru Family. ?

  • Lizabet Arellano and family Posted February 12, 2018 7:46 am

    Sending love and praying for your comfort during this time of physical parting. May her spirit live on and be felt among you.

  • Maryann Davies Posted February 12, 2018 4:48 pm

    So sorry for your loss, keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers. What a wonderful lady,It was a pleasure to have met her. Will miss her. What a wonderful person inside and out .❤️

  • Joyce Freeman Posted February 12, 2018 6:05 pm

    My deepest condolences to Sherrill’s family and friends. Sherrill was truly a very special person. I have many great memories of out time together growing up. We were confirmed together and graduated THS 1968 together. She will be missed!

  • Anita Anderson Larsen Posted February 12, 2018 9:09 pm

    Sincere sympathy to Sherrill’s family and the Schnell families. I am Rachel’s classmate. Anita

  • Steve and Suzanne Sutter Posted February 12, 2018 9:29 pm

    So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing, Amery and Mari. I’ve met your mom several times and she was always so pleasant! I know I would have enjoyed knowing her better! You and your family will be in our prayers. One day, in Heaven, it will be SO good…! The Lord’s Blessings be with you all!

  • Jeff and Jami Kemp Posted February 12, 2018 11:01 pm

    Such a wonderful, sweet, kind and giving woman. I enjoyed every conversation I had with her. The entire family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  • trudy cross Posted February 13, 2018 2:54 pm

    So sorry to hear of Sherrill’s passing. Our prayers are with you all for God’s comfort and peace.

  • Chetekia Morris Posted February 14, 2018 2:24 am

    Sending Love and prayers to your family.

  • Larry and Marjorie Kirkpatrick Posted February 14, 2018 4:13 pm

    We lived across the street from Sherrill for several years and loved her and her children. I am so sorry we found out too late to attend the celebration of her life. We kept in touch by letter and by phone and got to see her occasionally. Heaven is one saint more blessed, and we are one beautiful life lacking. But we hold such beautiful memories of Sherrill.

  • Felicia Webster Posted February 15, 2018 1:58 am

    Sending much love and light for your loss. May your mother’s spirit be at peace and cover you as an ancestor with love.

  • Beth Cerra Posted March 3, 2018 5:35 am

    Kids, I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother was a beautiful human being who was filled with love. I think back fondly to our days as neighbors on California street. I am sorry I didn’t know about this in time to attend the service. Carry on your mother’s legacy of love. With love and prayers, Beth

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