Sherry Andrews was fabulous.
And I mean — F.a.b.u.l.o.u.s.
She took the trip of a lifetime last December when she traveled to Italy, not missing a single opportunity to dress in some fabulous gown, have her hair and make-up fabulously done, and pose for the camera as she traversed from Venice to Milan then to Rome.
She must have brought a different outfit for every stop, and she looked fabulous in each and every one.
She was an adventurous spirit who loved her son, Malik, and enjoyed traveling as much as she was able.
In the summer of 2019, she traveled to Havana, Cuba and Cartagena, Columbia — a dozen more stops, a dozen more fabulous do-ups.
Two years before that — a trip to Versailles and Paris.
She was incapable of taking a bad photo.
Back in Tampa, Sherry was working in the health care industry when she became ill earlier this year.
She started feeling sick in March, she told her doctor. When she went to the ER on April 5, they sent her home. When she came back the next day, she was admitted to the ICU. COVID tests on both April 6 and 7 came back negative.
Her condition worsened, and on the morning of April 13, she told the nurse she couldn’t breath. Fifteen minutes later, she became unresponsive and had to be put on a ventilator. She died about an hour later.
A COVID-19 test taken on April 13 eventually came back positive. The report does not state whether or not she was still alive when the sample was collected.
Sherry’s friends and family flooded her Facebook wall with love and fond memories after her death.
Sherry’s obituary was posted online, and states:
“Sherry was a 2002 graduate of King High School and a member of The Holy Ghost Church of God Purchased With His Blood. God looked around His garden and He found an empty place, He then looked down upon this earth and saw Sherry’s glowing face. He put His arms around her and lifted her to rest. For now, we know God’s garden must be beautiful for He only takes the BEST.
Sherry was preceded in death by her great grandmother, Everlen Wells; grandparents, Gladys Vaught, Isaac Andrews, Sr and Doretha Andrews; uncles: Leon Cribbs and James Brown; aunts: Edith Brown, Cynthia Jones, Betty Johnson and Valeria Johnson.
Sherry leaves to cherish precious memories of her with a loving son, Malik Torres; parents, Yvonne Andrews and Presiding Bishop Isaac Andrews (Doris); her siblings, Calvin Johnson, Joyce Melton (Michael), Pamela Andrews and Leon Chester (Carina); like a brother, Larry Jenkins; like a sister, Tiffany Brown; nephews, Michael Jr, Ja’Vonte, Leon Jr, Dexter, Brandon and Jayden; nieces, Myriah, Za’Nya, Jerrica, Candace, Kiara, Rayne and August; godson, Jay’ceon; goddaughter, Emoni; a host of family and friends who are too numerous to name.”
From the Medical Examiner’s report:
“The decedent experienced fatigue, dyspnea, nausea, intermittent cough, and SOB for a week. On 4/5 she went to ER and was diagnosed with a new diagnosis of DM. On 4/6, she presented to a clinic for the same symptoms and was noted to have a fever of 100.6 degrees F. She was sent to the ER.
While in the ER, the decedent had hypoxic episodes when coughing. She was admitted to ICU for acute respiratory failure with hypoxia, pneumonia, hyperglycemia, and lactic acidosis. The decedent was placed on O2 and the amount increased during her inpatient stay.
She was tested for COVID-19 on 4/6 and 4/7, and it was not detected.
On 4/13 at approx. 0745, the decedent complained of SOB. At 0800, she had a 30-second episode of unresponsiveness. She was then intubated. Shortly after, she went into PEA and was coded. ACLS was unsuccessful.
The decedent’s death was pronounced as an inpatient on 4/13 at 0924. On 4/13, she was again tested for COVID-19 and these results were positive. This case was initially declined, and then later accepted as an ME case due to the change in COVID test results.”