Sheryl Lyn Hines, wife of Duffy Hines, Imler, went to her final rest Friday in the quiet hours of early morning.
She was born at Delaware Memorial Hospital, daughter of Robert and Alexandra Barry.
Her childhood was a mix of private schools whose emphasis was on etiquette, diction, eloquence, art and dance. From an early age she found, with her grandmother's coaching, an interest in the arts. Here she also learned perseverance from her grandmother, who overcame blindness to become an acclaimed sculptress. Yet it was during her secondary education where she began to refine and focus her artistic abilities. Her concentration in graphic arts began a lifetime passion and became her professional goal.
After several years at the Parsons School of Art in New York City's Manhattan Art World, Ms. Barry worked with several prestigious advertising and graphic firms with "top shelf" clientele in the Northeastern Corridor. She established her own firm in Philadelphia's Main Line and soon gained fame for her design of numerous corporate exhibits used in trade shows across the country. Also, corporate logos, total identity programs filled her portfolio of accomplishments. Retail point-of-sale displays, sales incentive packages, convention planning, layouts and space planning for lobbies and museums were developments her firm could provide.
Ms. Barry's abilities went beyond her own work, where she was recognized by "Who's Who" in the Delaware Valley for helping to introduce computing into the graphic and print-world media across the Tri-State region. Personal computing was in its infancy then, presenting difficulties one can hardly imagine with the ease of today's technology. About this time, she began an important project for a corporate client which showcased her computing work and introduced her to a person who would become a close friend and supporter of her work and commitments.
In November 1985, her company was chosen to produce a book prepared by one of its managers. Computing made a real difference in this and subsequent print media projects earned through her efforts. Little did she realize that her infrequent contacts with the book's author would lead to a marriage five years later, and the unexpected motherhood of three step-children. In the mid-90s, with all the children grown, she moved with her husband to Bedford County, an area which many of her city friends would consider a "backwoods" territory. Yet it was her style, charisma and understanding of mankind that permitted her to develop warm friendships with so many of the area's population.
Mrs. Hines is survived by her husband of 24 years, Duffy, Imler; step-children: Christina, West Chester, Pa., I.J. Jr., wife, Maria, Christo and Niko of Ardmore, Pa., Doni, husband, Rob, Theo and Eveline of Mount Royal, Quebec, Canada; and a nephew, Justin Barry, Colorado Springs, Col. Additionally, there are many children, living in her neighborhood, who have found her to be a friend, a shoulder to lean on and a strict disciplinarian for manners, language and syntax. But they loved it as much as she. Sheryl's mother and brothers predeceased her.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 6 p.m. July 29, 2014, at St. Paul's Church, Imler, where all family and friends will be welcome to attend. Here you may share with others the memories of Sheryl that you cherish. There will be a family-style dinner after the celebration served in the lower level of the church.
Memorial contributions can be made in Sheryl's name, payable to the "PA Marine Corps League Foundation." Your donation may be brought to the celebration or sent to Mr. Hines. As the wife of a Marine, Mrs. Hines asks your consideration for this foundation which fully supports Marines, whether sick, homeless, or in financial need. "Behind every good Marine there is a good wife!"